General Election 2015: Every Number 1 single on election week in Official Charts history

Including Whitney Houston, Shakespears Sister, The Police and Shaggy.

Our mission at OfficialCharts.com is to equip your brains with an endless supply of pub quiz-style facts, stats and other useless yet somehow essential chart trivia.

And with the General Election a few days away, we wondered: what was Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart on every election week? We’ve gone back as far as we can (The Official Singles Chart launched in November 1952) and revealed who was top of the pops below.

May 6 2010, David Cameron – Roll Deep, Good Times

It seems the British public were in the mood to go “late night shoppin’, high street boppin’” the week David Cameron became Prime Minister as the leader of a coalition between the Conservatives and Lib Dems. Click to view full chart.

May 5 2005, Tony Blair – Tony Christie FT Peter Kay, Is This The Way To Amarillo

Peter Kay and Tony Christie’s charity effort logged its seventh and final week at Number 1 back when Tony Blair was elected for a third term. Click to view full chart.

June 7 2001, Tony Blair – Shaggy, Angel

The British public were grooving to this reggae bop the week Tony Blair was re-elected for a second stint as PM. Click to view full chart.

May 1 1997, Tony Blair - Michael Jackson, Blood On The Dancefloor

Jacko’s ‘90s classic heads up an incredible Top 10 the week Tony Blair was first elected to power. Click to view full chart.

April 9 1992, John Major – Shakespears Sister, Stay

The dramatic ballad from Shakespears Sister logged its eighth and final week at the top back in April ‘92. Click to view full chart

June 11 1987, Margaret Thatcher – Whitney Houston, I Wanna Dance With Somebody

What. A. Song. Click to view full chart.

June 9 1983, Margaret Thatcher – The Police, Every Breath You Take

What. A. Song. Click to view full chart.

May 3 1979, Margaret Thatcher – Art Garfunkel, Bright Eyes

The wistful Bright Eyes held the top spot on the Official Singles Chart when Margaret Thatcher was first elected to power in ‘79. Click to view full chart.

October 10 1974, Harold Wilson – John Denver, Annie’s Song

This Denver classic climbed to Number 1 after a nine week ascent just in time for Harold Wilson’s victory in ‘74. Click to view full chart.

February 28 1974, Harold Wilson - Suzi Quatro, Devil Gate Drive

The glam-rock stylings of Suzi Quatro ruled the charts for the first of two elections in 1974. Click to view full chart

June 18 1970, Edward Heath - Mungo Jerry, In The Summertime

The rock band’s debut single ruled the chart in the summer of 1970. Click to view full chart.

March 31 1966, Harold Wilson - Walker Brothers, The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore

Was the Walker Brothers classic a sign of things to come for Harold Wilson in ‘66? Click to view full chart.

October 15 1964, Harold Wilson - Roy Orbison, Oh Pretty Woman

Orbison’s iconic Oh, Pretty Woman was enjoying a second week at Number 1 the week Harold Wilson was elected to power in 1964. Click to view full chart.

October 8 1959, Harold Macmillan - Craig Douglas, Only Sixteen

Craig Douglas’ cover of Sam Cooke’s Only Sixteen ruled the charts when Harold Macmillian came to power in 1959. Click to view full chart.

May 26 1955, Sir Antony Eden - Tony Bennett, Stranger In Paradise

Tony Bennett’s debut single landed straight in at Number 1 the week Sir Antony Eden took over from Sir Winston Churchill as PM. Click to view full chart.

Listen to our playlist of every Number 1 single on election week in Official Charts history via Spotify and Deezer below: 

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