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Last month, the Beatles set a new record of the biggest gaps between UK number one hits. Courtey of my co-author on the Complete Book of the British Chart, Neil Warwick has provided a list of acts with the biggest gaps and there are 26 acts that have had a 10 or more year gap. This list does not include charity ensembles, just the credited acts, but it does include re-entries and re-issues.

Rank Artist Previous number one Year Number one after the gap Year Gap in years
1 Beatles The Ballad of John & Yoko 1969 Now And Then 18-Nov-23 54y 4m
2 Kate Bush Wuthering Heights 1978 Running Up That Hill 25-Jun-22 44y 2m
3 Tom Jones Green Green Grass Of Home 1966 Barry Islands In The Stream 21-Mar-09 42y 2m
4 Wham! The Edge Of Heaven / Where Did Your Heart Go? 1986 Last Christmas 09-Jan-21 34y 5m
5 George Harrison My Sweet Lord 1971 My Sweet Lord (Re-Issue) 26-Jan-02 30y 9m
6 Leo Sayer When I Need You 1977 Thunder In My Heart Again 18-Feb-06 28y 9m
7 Righteous Brothers You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling 1965 Unchained Melody 03-Nov-90 25y 7m
8 Elvis Presley Way Down 1977 A Little Less Conversation 22-Jun-02 24y 7m
9 Hollies I’m Alive 1965 He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother 24-Sep-88 23y 2m
10 Mariah Carey (With Westlife) Against All Odds 2000 All I Want For Christmas Is You 19-Dec-20 20y 2m
11 Baddiel & Skinner & The Lightning Seeds 3 Lions ’98 2018 3 Lions 21-Jul-18 20y 0m
13 England World Cup Squad Back Home 1970 World In Motion 09-Jun-90 20y 0m
14 Ronan Keating If Tomorrow Never Comes 2002 Don’t Stop Me Eatin’ (with Ladbaby) 02-Jan-21 18y 6m
15 Blondie The Tide Is High 1980 Maria 13-Feb-99 18y 2m
16 Elton John Are You Ready For Love? 2003 Cold Heart 23-Oct-21 18y 1m
17 Enya Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) 1988 I Don’t Wanna Know 12-Jun-04 15y 5m
18 Gary Barlow Love Won’t Wait 1997 Sing 16-Jun-12 15y 1m
19 Band Aid Do They Know It’s Christmas? (As Band Aid II) 1989 Do They Know It’s Christmas? 11-Dec-04 14y 9m
20 Diana Ross I’m Still Waiting 1971 Chain Reaction 08-Mar-86 14y 4m
21 Elton John Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (With Kiki Dee) 1976 Sacrifice / Healing Hands 23-Jun-90 13y 8m
22 Frank Sinatra Three Coins In The Fountain 1954 Strangers In The Night 04-Jun-66 11y 6m
23 Cliff Richard Congratulations 1968 We Don’t Talk Anymore 25-Aug-79 11y 3m
24 Take That How Deep Is Your Love 1996 Patience 02-Dec-06 10y 7m
25 Kylie Minogue Tears On My Pillow 1990 Spinning Around 01-Jul-00 10y 4m
26 Armand Van Helden You Don’t Know Me 1999 Bonkers 30-May-09 10y 3m