The years 2000 to 2009 produced two hundred and seventy-three number 1 singles in the UK chart but only five that kept hold of the top spot for more than five weeks. These can be found in the list below. Just missing out on inclusion in this list, with only five weeks at the top, are songs such as You’re beautiful by James Blunt, I kissed a girl by Katy Perry and Grace Kelly by Mika. Five weeks at number 1 is a fine achievement but just not good enough when compared to the chart toppers below.
Where is the love? by the Black Eyed Peas went straight to the top of the chart on its release in September 2003. The song held on to the position for six weeks and then spent five more in the top 10. Strangely, for a song that had occupied the top 10 for eleven weeks, it only spent thirteen weeks in the top 40.
(Is This The Way To) Amarillo – Tony Christie Featuring Peter Kay
Released as a charity single for 2005’s Comic Relief appeal, (Is this the way to) Amarillo by Tony Christie and Peter Kay spent seven weeks at the top of the chart after going straight to number 1 in its first week of release. The song spent a total of eleven weeks in the top 10 and twenty-one in the top 40.
Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis also went straight to the top of the chart with her 2007 single Bleeding love. The song had a similar chart history to (Is this the way to) Amarillo, with seven weeks at number 1, eleven in the top 10 and twenty-one in the top 40, but crept into the number 3 position in this list by spending more weeks in the top 3.
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
Crazy by Gnarls Barkley was released in April 2006 and spent its first nine weeks in the chart at number 1. Despite this long run at the top of the chart, the song only stayed in the top 10 for two more weeks and the top 40 for one more after that.
Umbrella – Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
Rihanna topped the list of number 1 singles from 2010 to 2012 and she also tops this one. Umbrella, featuring additional vocals by Jay-Z, went straight to the top of the chart on its release in May 2007 and held on tight for ten weeks. The song spent a total of thirteen weeks in the top 10 and thirty-five in the top 40.