Acts with the most hits without a number one

Since the UK chart began in 1952, there have been 19 acts that have clocked up 25 or more UK hits without ever reaching number one, here’s the list.

Artist No. of hits Biggest Hit Reached
Feeder 25 Buck Rogers 5
Inxs 25 Need You Tonight 2
Bob Marley 25 Sun Is Shining 3
Wedding Present 25 Come Play With Me 10
Def Leppard 26 Let’s Get Rocked / When Love & Hate Collide 2
Marillion 26 Kayleigh 2
Red Hot Chili Peppers 26 By The Way / Dani California 2
Charlatans 27 One To Another 3
Foo Fighters 27 Best Of You 4
Travis Scott 27 Highest In The Room 2
Temptations 27 My Girl 2
Texas 27 Say What You Want 3
AC/DC 29 Highway To Hell 4
Muse 28 Supermassive Black Hole 4
Luther Vandross 30 The Best Things In Life Are Free (With Janet) 2
The Who 28 My Generation / I’m A Boy 2
Billy Fury 29 Jealousy 2
Nat King Cole 33 Pretend / Smile / When I Fall In Love 2
Depeche Mode 48 People Are People / Barrel Of A Gun / Precious 4

6 comments for “Acts with the most hits without a number one

  1. Dave VanMusicMaster
    November 12, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Ultravox have 18 chart hits, but they also have a load of non-charting singles from the early days ….. plus a few later ones after Midge Ure left, and at least one after he rejoined – taking the total up near 30

    Joe Dolce – you should be ashamed :O

    Never mind – Midge Ure was responsible for the Band Aid single – alongside Bob Geldof – and all of Ultravox are on the 1984 version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” – and I believe that sold quite a few copies ….

    • November 12, 2020 at 11:16 pm

      Yes, but as a band Ultravox had 17 hits (not vienna Re-issue) and that why they are not on this list!!

  2. Dave VanMusicMaster
    November 13, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    something’s broken with the comments part of the page – I can see a notification that there’s 2 comments here, but I can’t read them

    I’m using Google Chrome, and I’ve tried the same page in Microsoft Edge …. something’s stopping it showing up

    I’ll try another browser

    • wim
      November 14, 2020 at 7:43 pm

      It was a problem with the WordPress theme which I’ve just fixed for Jon.

  3. Dave VanMusicMaster
    November 15, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    all working now – I can see the comments again

    thanks Wim

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