Longest Span Between First and Last #1

 

Cher — (33 years, 7 months)
• “I Got You Babe” (August 1965, with Sonny)
• “Believe” (March 1999)

Michael Jackson — (25 years, 8 months)
• “I Want You Back” (January 1970, as part of The Jackson 5)
• “You Are Not Alone” (September 1995)

Elton John — (24 years, 8 months)
• “Crocodile Rock” (February 1973)
• “Candle in the Wind 1997” / “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” (October 1997)

The Beach Boys — (24 years, 4 months)
• “I Get Around” (July 1964)
• “Kokomo” (November 1988)

George Harrison — (23 years, 11 months)
• “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (February 1964, as part of The Beatles)
• “Got My Mind Set on You” (January 1988)

* NOTE: Two other artists had comparable durations between their first and final #1 hits, if the pre-Hot 100 era is considered. Louis Armstrong’s “All of Me” topped the 1932 chart, according to Whitburn’s “Pop Memories: 1890-1954” research; Armstrong’s “Hello, Dolly!” was #1 in May 1964, some 32 years and 2 months later. Frank Sinatra’s first chart-topper was “All or Nothing at All” in September 1943, as the singer for Harry James’ orchestra; his last was “Somethin’ Stupid,” an April 1967 duet with his daughter Nancy Sinatra, for a span of 23 years, 7 months.

NOTE: Information last updated in January of 2013. Information subject to change in the future.

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