UK TOP ACTS 1953-2020 Week 19 (21st May chart)

The Chartwatch list of all-time top acts is calculated from the UK singles and albums charts using the Chartwatch 2010 scoring system and dividing scores for records involving collaborations between the acts involved. Acts in bold have climbed the chart and scores in bold are an increase from the end of last year (2019). An act in italics is a new entry. See Chartwatch for further details.

NB: This is an updated version of this post which contained some errors.

RankLast YearPoints Artist
1139786 Elvis Presley
2230676 Beatles
3328705 Cliff Richard
4419516 Madonna
5518875 Michael Jackson
6618012 Queen
7817334 Ed Sheeran
8717157 ABBA
9916553 Rolling Stones
101016249 Rod Stewart
111116024 Elton John
121215563 David Bowie
131315160 Frank Sinatra
141412826 Shadows
151512631 Rihanna
161612439 Simon & Garfunkel
171711776 Take That
181811772 Oasis
192311548 Eminem
201911463 U2
212211457 Fleetwood Mac
222011419 Paul McCartney
232111284 Robbie Williams
242410824 Jim Reeves
252510288 Beach Boys
262610050 Tom Jones
272710003 Kylie Minogue
28289939 Adele
29299857 Coldplay
30309577 Phil Collins
31319079 Simply Red
32329044 Bob Dylan
33339018 Dire Straits
34378861 Drake
35348780 Whitney Houston
36358444 Status Quo
37368436 Pink
38388249 Bee Gees
39398183 Celine Dion
40408062 Pink Floyd
41417932 George Michael
42427788 UB40
43437783 Carpenters
44447486 Diana Ross
45457461 Andy Williams
46477419 Stevie Wonder
47467383 Meat Loaf
48517356 Lady Gaga
49487341 Mariah Carey
50587321 Justin Bieber
51497320 Roy Orbison
52507268 Buddy Holly
53527208 Bon Jovi
54537161 Westlife
55547129 Beyoncé
56557023 Calvin Harris
57567002 Seekers
58576973 Perry Como
59606756 Bob Marley
60596731 Everly Brothers
61666694 Sam Smith
62616664 R.E.M.
63626625 Prince
64636624 Frankie Laine
65646605 Electric Light Orchestra
66656550 T. Rex
67676463 Barbra Streisand
68686386 Slade
69696341 Lonnie Donegan
70706269 Britney Spears
71716225 Neil Diamond
72726205 Bruno Mars
73736171 Boyzone
74746163 Black Eyed Peas
75756158 Mantovani
76776155 Bruce Springsteen
76766155 Madness
78826124 Little Mix
79786117 Wet Wet Wet
80796098 Genesis
81806053 Shirley Bassey
82816051 Hollies
83836023 Stereophonics
84845970 Police
85855968 Katy Perry
86865918 Lionel Richie
87875891 Engelbert Humperdinck
88885880 Eurythmics
89895770 Val Doonican
90905762 Bryan Adams
91925724 Justin Timberlake
92915719 Tina Turner
93935671 David Guetta
94955645 Pet Shop Boys
95945620 Four Tops
96965516 Mike Oldfield
96965516 Blondie
98985504 Kings Of Leon
99995476 Radiohead
1001005447 Supremes
1011055424 Taylor Swift
1011015424 Duran Duran
1031025420 Who
1041035364 Cher
1051095359 Maroon 5
1061045312 Guns'n'Roses
1071065283 Led Zeppelin
1081075273 One Direction
1091085245 Michael Bublé
1101105206 Spice Girls
1111135201 George Ezra
1121115173 Erasure
1131125104 Ellie Goulding
1141185054 Ariana Grande
1151145009 George Mitchell Minstrels
1161165004 Olly Murs
1171155001 John Lennon
1181174982 Shakin' Stevens
1191194947 Roxy Music
1201204944 Wham!
1211214941 Bachelors
1221224865 Kinks
1231234848 Blur
1241284809 Arctic Monkeys
1251244801 Pat Boone
1261274782 Killers
1271254739 Nat 'King' Cole
1281264724 Kate Bush
1291324657 Amy Winehouse
1301294654 Prodigy
1311304637 Corrs
1321334631 Red Hot Chili Peppers
1331314619 Eagles
1341344514 Sugababes
1351354502 Frank Ifield
1361364494 Steps
1371374491 Beautiful South
1381384434 Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
1391394427 M People
1401424369 Jess Glynne
1411414352 Billy Joel
1421404346 Eric Clapton
1431444271 Snow Patrol
1431434271 Kanye West
1451454268 Girls Aloud
1461464262 Simple Minds
1472444197 Weeknd
1481474192 Paul Simon
1491484149 Hot Chocolate
1501494143 Janet Jackson
1511504137 Adam Faith
1521514113 Usher
1531524112 Texas
1541534097 Manfred Mann
1551544091 Connie Francis
1562704043 Dua Lipa
1571554003 Boney M
1581563982 10cc
1591573963 Moody Blues
1601603955 Foo Fighters
1611583942 Donna Summer
1621593927 Leo Sayer
1631613857 Will Young
1641623854 Chris Brown
1651713835 Green Day
1661633831 Spandau Ballet
1671643811 David Whitfield
1681653793 Sting
1691693787 Script
1701663784 Bay City Rollers
1711673760 Florence & The Machine
1721683757 Billy Fury
1731693756 Manic Street Preachers
1741773718 James Blunt
1751723702 Jamiroquai
1761733694 Guy Mitchell
1771743682 Searchers
1781753678 Bill Haley & His Comets
1791763677 Paul Weller
1801783669 Christina Aguilera
1811793668 David Essex
1811793668 Jam
1831813658 Depeche Mode
1841823642 Gilbert O'Sullivan
1851833638 Shania Twain
1861853632 Jason Derulo
1871843629 Emeli Sande
1881863601 Dusty Springfield
1891873592 Johnny Cash
1901883577 Showaddywaddy
1911893559 S Club 7
1921903557 Paul Young
1931913522 Tears For Fears
1941923513 Iron Maiden
1951933506 Dean Martin
1961943496 Leona Lewis
1971953495 Petula Clark
1981963490 Tracy Chapman
1991973479 Jimi Hendrix Experience
2001983465 Paolo Nutini
2011993457 Russ Conway
2022003455 Cilla Black
2032013431 Gary Glitter
2042023426 R. Kelly
2052033424 Stylistics
2062043415 Jessie J
2072063413 Johnny Mathis
2072053413 Duane Eddy & The Rebels
2092073407 Dido
2102083401 Cat Stevens
2112093392 Sia
2122103366 Barry Manilow
2132113363 Jason Donovan
2142123356 Gabrielle
2152133355 Acker Bilk
2162143351 Paloma Faith
2172153350 Human League
2182163332 Monkees
2182163332 Enrique Iglesias
2202183331 Chris Rea
2212193313 Ronan Keating
2222203292 Alicia Keys
2232213269 Mumford & Sons
2242223260 Adam & The Ants
2252233233 Donny Osmond
2262243231 James Last
2272253205 Craig David
2282263203 Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2292293199 Clean Bandit
2302273197 Stranglers
2312283196 Lily Allen
2322303180 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
2332313179 Gloria Estefan
2342323173 Frankie Vaughan
2352713171 Post Malone
2362333169 Deep Purple
2372343151 Jennifer Lopez
2382353150 Culture Club
2392363126 Travis
2392363126 Max Bygraves
2412383113 Jay-Z
2422393099 Otis Redding
2432403092 Michael Bolton
2442413091 Avicii
2452423089 Doris Day
2462433058 Lighthouse Family
2472453044 Barry White
2482463038 Johnnie Ray
2492473036 Eternal
2502483020 Akon
2512492995 Bryan Ferry
2522502983 Nicki Minaj
2532512974 Flo Rida
2542522973 Alison Moyet
2552532958 Enya
2562542944 Scissor Sisters
2572552938 a-ha
2582562937 Nickelback
2592572926 Olivia Newton-John
2602582925 Muse
2612592922 Tommy Steele
2622602919 Elvis Costello
2632612908 George Benson
2642622907 Linkin Park
2642632907 Gene Pitney
2662642877 Level 42
2672652875 Gerry & The Pacemakers
2682662872 Tinie Tempah
2692672862 Destiny's Child
2702682857 Kelly Clarkson
2712692834 Kaiser Chiefs
2722722807 Blue
2732732806 All Saints
2742752804 David Gray
2752742798 Keane
2762752797 AC/DC
2772772780 Drifters
2782782773 Ultravox
2782782773 Backstreet Boys
2802802765 Ken Dodd
2812812754 Billy Ocean
2822822746 Walker Brothers
2832832743 Ne-Yo
2842842742 East 17
2852852741 Nelly
2862862731 Cream
2872882729 Gorillaz
2872872729 New Order
2892892718 Nelly Furtado
2902902704 Helen Shapiro
2912912691 Neil Sedaka
2922922687 Dr Hook & The Medicine Show
2932932686 Rita Ora
2942942658 Avril Lavigne
2952952652 Atomic Kitten
2962962650 Brenda Lee
2972972647 Herman's Hermits
2982982643 Thin Lizzy
2992992642 Alanis Morissette
3003002633 Anastacia
3013052628 Stone Roses
3023012624 Mud
3033022622 Bobby Darin
3043032612 Nirvana [2]
3053042611 Annie Lennox
3063142608 Dave Clark Five
3073062597 Glen Campbell
3083072595 David Cassidy
3093082594 Daniel O'Donnell
3093172594 Deacon Blue
3113092593 Small Faces
3113092593 Luther Vandross
3133112587 Verve
3143122586 Marvin Gaye
3143122586 Rick Astley
3163152572 Massive Attack
3163152572 Kasabian
3183192544 JLS
3193182543 New Seekers
3203202509 Sweet
3213212501 Seal
3223222499 Shakira
3233232497 McFly
3233232497 Will Smith
3253252494 Belinda Carlisle
3263262481 Chris De Burgh
3273272466 Sandie Shaw
3283282462 Animals
3293292461 James Morrison
3303302460 Temptations
3313312457 Duffy
3323322455 Five Star
3333332449 Peter Gabriel
3343342436 Mark Ronson
3353352422 Roxette
3363362409 Pretenders
3373372395 Anthony Newley
3383382384 Bastille
3393392382 Busted
3403402381 Kool & The Gang
3403402381 Four Seasons
3423422379 Bananarama
3433432375 Chemical Brothers
3443442361 Del Shannon
3453452358 Lisa Stansfield
3463462338 INXS
3473472334 Mika
3483482322 Cheryl Cole
3493492319 Smiths
3503502306 Sade
3513512304 Jethro Tull
3523522299 Robson Green & Jerome Flynn
3533532298 Cure
3543542297 Santana
3553552293 Slim Whitman
3563592289 Pussycat Dolls
3573562287 Rudimental
3583572271 Paul Anka
3593582269 Bobby Vee
3603592255 Sean Paul
3613612254 Peters & Lee
3623622248 Black Sabbath
3633632247 Winifred Atwell
3643642240 Shaggy
3653652237 Osmonds
3663662232 New Kids On The Block
3673672226 Commodores
3683682220 Glee Cast
3693692219 Boomtown Rats
3703732216 Shawn Mendes
3713702213 Five
3713702213 Razorlight
3733722203 Alice Cooper
3743742196 Def Leppard
3743742196 Pitbull
3763762178 Kim Wilde
3773792174 John Denver
3783772173 Pharrell Williams
3793782171 Katie Melua
3802164 Lewis Capaldi
3813802161 Ronnie Hilton
3823812156 50 Cent
3833822152 Ruby Murray
3843832145 Earth, Wind & Fire
3853842134 Years & Years
3863852132 Elkie Brooks
3863852132 Imagine Dragons
3883872125 Luciano Pavarotti
3893882115 Andrea Bocelli
3903892112 2 Unlimited
3913902111 Van Morrison
3923912106 Plan B
3933922100 Daniel Bedingfield
3943932098 Dizzee Rascal
3953942096 Saturdays
3963952094 Gladys Knight & The Pips
3973962076 Faithless
3983972074 Thompson Twins
3993982073 Ocean Colour Scene
4003992071 Toni Braxton
4014002069 Will.I.Am
4024072068 James Arthur
4034012059 Georgie Fame
4044022054 Yes
4054032050 Bucks Fizz
4064042045 Snap!
4074052040 Donovan
4084062036 Neil Young
4094082019 Eddie Fisher
4104092017 George Harrison
4114102016 Cranberries
4124122015 Lana Del Rey
4134112004 One Republic
4144121993 Gary Numan
4154141992 Sex Pistols
4164151991 Fugees
4174161989 Eddie Calvert
4184171986 Dionne Warwick
4194181984 Sheryl Crow
4204191973 John Legend
4214201967 Timbaland
4224211965 Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen
4231961 Billie Eilish
4244221951 James
4254231946 Howard Jones
4264241945 Scouting For Girls
4274251939 Elbow
4284251936 Savage Garden
4294271935 Pulp
4304281927 Moby
4314291909 Mary J. Blige
4324301905 Bread
4334311902 Norah Jones
4344321899 Specials
4354331897 Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4364341895 Soul II Soul
4374351894 Soft Cell
4384361888 Ray Charles
4394371885 Don McLean
4394371885 Crowded House
4414391881 Fatboy Slim
4424401880 Brotherhood Of Man
4434411875 Daft Punk
4444421870 Supertramp
4454431863 James Bay
4464441862 Bros
4474451858 Bangles
4484461847 Chicago
4494491845 Marillion
4494471845 Ace Of Base
4514481844 Jeff Wayne
4524501831 Dexy's Midnight Runners
4534511830 Enigma [2]
4544581821 Morrissey
4554521815 Crickets
4564681814 Michael Ball
4574531813 Kooks
4584541802 Fall Out Boy
4594551801 Big Country
4604561800 Tremeloes
4614571797 Miley Cyrus
4624581796 Eva Cassidy
4634601795 Jackson Five
4644611786 Dina Carroll
4654621784 Jean-Michel Jarre
4664631779 Lulu
4674641775 Aretha Franklin
4684651774 Example
4694661773 Ray Conniff
4704821770 1975
4714671767 Terence Trent D'Arby
4724691752 Clash
4734701751 Rick Nelson
4744711746 Pixie Lott
4754731744 Zara Larsson
4764721740 Joan Baez
4774741733 Chuck Berry
4784751731 ZZ Top
4784751731 Charlatans
4804771727 Wanted
4814781720 Marmalade
4824791719 Three Degrees
4834801718 Dickie Valentine
4844811717 Alexander O'Neal
4854831710 Vengaboys
4864841698 Demis Roussos
4874851697 Whitesnake
4884861694 Robert Palmer
4884861694 Aerosmith
4904881690 Free
4914891689 Spencer Davis Group
4914891689 Chainsmokers
4934911684 Natalie Imbruglia
4944921682 Dawn
4954931673 T'Pau
4964941672 Style Council
4974951669 Basement Jaxx
4984961667 Tony Bennett
4994971665 Julio Iglesias
5005011661 David Soul
5014981660 Björk
5025521657 Camila Cabello
5025021657 Meghan Trainor
5044991656 Bobby Brown
5057201655 Stormzy
5065001654 Puff Daddy
5075031646 Darts
5075031646 Platters
5095051644 Peter Sellers
5105061641 Shalamar
5105061641 Kids From Fame
5125081638 Jimmy Young
5135091636 Roger Whittaker
5145101634 Cascada
5145101634 Garbage
5145101634 Metallica
5175131632 Marty Wilde
5185141631 Everything But The Girl
5195151630 Cyndi Lauper
5205161624 Randy Crawford
5215171623 Lindisfarne
5215171623 Taio Cruz
5235191619 Lightning Seeds
5245211617 Supergrass
5255201616 Jimmy Nail
5265221611 Streets
5275231609 Gwen Stefani
5285241604 Squeeze
5295251598 Creedence Clearwater Revival
5305621596 Anne-Marie
5315311595 Kenny Rogers
5325261594 Tony Christie
5325261594 Louis Armstrong
5345281589 Snoop Dogg
5355291576 Mamas & Papas
5365301574 Rose Royce
5375321569 Emerson, Lake & Palmer
5375321569 Move
5395341568 Harry Belafonte
5395341568 Smokie
5415361562 TLC
5425371554 Right Said Fred
5435381551 Aqua
5435381551 Malcolm Vaughan
5455401550 Sash!
5465411549 Biffy Clyro
5475421540 Gareth Gates
5485431536 Fine Young Cannibals
5485431536 Craig Douglas
5505451535 Evanescence
5515461534 Hozier
5525481531 Ke$ha
5535471530 Wizzard
5545481528 Mungo Jerry
5555501526 Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers
5565511524 Karl Denver
5575531518 Nik Kershaw
5585541515 Siouxsie & The Banshees
5595551509 Bonnie Tyler
5595551509 Sister Sledge
5595551509 ABC
5625581508 Joe Brown
5625581508 Ian Dury
5645711507 Matt Monro
5655601502 Geri Halliwell
5665611501 Rosemary Clooney
5675621500 Eddy Grant
5685731499 Twenty One Pilots
5695641498 Jack Johnson
5695641498 Catatonia
5715661497 Rainbow
5725671496 No Doubt
5735681492 Nana Mouskouri
5745691491 Troggs
5745691491 Eddie Cochran
5765711490 Kelis
5775741480 B*Witched
5785751471 Alvin Stardust
5795761469 Imagination
5805771467 Gary Barlow
5815781466 Passenger
5825791465 Emile Ford & The Checkmates
5825791465 Salt'n'Pepa
5845811458 Suede
5855821455 Freddie & The Dreamers
5865831452 Pogues
5875841449 Shamen
5885851448 Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas
5895861447 Rolf Harris
5905871446 Joan Armatrading
5915881443 Des O'Connor
5915881443 Foster & Allen
5935901442 Mary Hopkin
5945911435 Sophie Ellis-Bextor
5955921432 Alma Cogan
5965931427 Peter André
5975941426 Shakespear's Sister
5985951425 Jacksons
5995961415 Lenny Kravitz
6005971412 LMFAO
6015981409 Lemar
6025991400 LeAnn Rimes
6036001399 2 Pac
6046011397 Boyz II Men
6056021395 Labrinth
6066031389 Billy Idol
6076041383 Go West
6076041383 Suzi Quatro
6096061375 Foreigner
6106071372 Art Garfunkel
6116081370 Heaven 17
6126091368 Ricky Martin
6136101365 Righteous Brothers
6146111364 Carole King
6156121363 Limp Bizkit
6166131362 Tennessee Ernie Ford
6176151360 Real Thing
6186141359 Liberty
6196161355 Leonard Cohen
6206171354 Sky
6216181352 Freddie Mercury
6226191351 Nancy Sinatra
6236201348 Talking Heads
6246211345 Little Richard
6256221342 Communards
6266231340 Melanie C
6266291340 James Taylor
6266231340 Alexandra Burke
6296251338 Rizzle Kicks
6306261337 Yazoo
6316271334 Missy 'Misdemeanour' Elliott
6326281329 Mike & The Mechanics
6336301327 Feeder
6346311324 Embrace
6356321318 Barbara Dickson
6366331311 Heart
6366331311 Johnny Nash
6386351310 Franz Ferdinand
6396361306 Shayne Ward
6406441304 André Rieu
6416371301 Al Martino
6426381300 KT Tunstall
6426381300 Elaine Paige
6446401294 Kendrick Lamar
6456411292 Vangelis
6466421291 Major Lazer
6476431289 Beat
6486661288 5 Seconds Of Summer
6496451278 Darkness
6506461277 N-Dubz
6516471274 Chic
6517521274 Selena Gomez
6531273 Harry Styles
6546481268 Stargazers
6546481268 Kelly Rowland
6566501264 Primal Scream
6566501264 Chubby Checker
6566501264 Dr Dre
6596531263 Sinead O'Connor
6606541262 Dolly Parton
6616541261 Toyah
6626561259 Macy Gray
6626561259 Dave Edmunds
6646581257 Wombles
6656591256 Christians
6666601255 White Stripes
6676621253 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
6686611250 Busta Rhymes
6696631240 Kay Starr
6706641233 Outkast
6716651231 Cee Lo Green
6726671226 Housemartins
6736681225 Feeling
6746691222 Jake Bugg
6756701220 Manhattan Transfer
6756701220 Mario Lanza
6776731219 Ash
6786721217 Charlie Puth
6796731213 Tornados
6806751210 Brian Poole & The Tremeloes
6816841205 Pearl Jam
6826761204 Robert Plant
6836771203 Black Box
6836771203 Joss Stone
6856981198 Disclosure
6867061197 Khalid
6876791196 Jamelia
6886801188 Jackie Wilson
6896811187 Il Divo
6906821186 Bing Crosby
6916831184 Echo & The Bunnymen
6926851181 Faces
6926851181 John Newman
6946871180 Beastie Boys
6946871180 Odyssey
6966891179 Chase & Status
6976931177 Louise
6976901177 D:Ream
6996911175 Carly Simon
7006921174 M. C. Hammer
7016941163 Pointer Sisters
7026951160 Amy MacDonald
7026951160 Motorhead
7046971159 Offspring
7056991155 Joe Cocker
7067001153 Del Amitri
7067021153 My Chemical Romance
7087011151 Cast
7097151150 Ella Henderson
7107031146 Bronski Beat
7107031146 Michael Holliday
7127051143 Isley Brothers
7137061139 Tori Amos
7137061139 Natasha Bedingfield
7157091138 KC & The Sunshine Band
7167101134 Daryl Hall & John Oates
7177111133 Dollar
7187121132 Ting Tings
7197131131 Blink-182
7207141130 Johnny & The Hurricanes
7217161124 Smurfs
7227171123 Nolans
7237181117 Yazz
7247231116 London Symphony Orchestra
7247231116 La Roux
7247191116 Sam Cooke
7277201115 Nilsson
7287221110 Gnarls Barkley
7297251108 John Travolta
7307261104 Middle Of The Road
7317271101 Sparks
7321098 Halsey
7337281097 London Grammar
7337291097 Russell Watson
7357311095 Gary Moore
7367301093 Noel Gallagher
7377311092 Rick Wakeman
7381091 J Hus
7397331090 Bad Manners
7397331090 Eden Kane
7417351087 Ben Howard
7417501087 Demi Lovato
7437361085 Mark Morrison
7447371081 Dubliners
7451080 Xxxtentacion
7467381077 Scooter
7477391075 Jimmy Ruffin
7477391075 LL Cool J
7497411074 John Mayall
7507461073 Vera Lynn
7517421070 Neneh Cherry
7527431069 Sonny & Cher
7537441065 Brand New Heavies
7537441065 Gerry Rafferty
7557461064 Men At Work
7567481060 Nina Simone
7567501060 Clannad
7567481060 Amen Corner
7597531052 Suzanne Vega
7597531052 Basshunter
7617551051 Sinitta
7627561050 En Vogue
7637571049 Al Green
7647581047 Mis-Teeq
7647581047 Village People
7667601043 Barron Knights
7677611041 Chas & Dave
7687621039 Japan
7697631038 Vamps
7707641037 Carly Rae Jepsen
7717651036 Train
7727661035 Tinchy Stryder
7737671034 Fratellis
7747681033 Kraftwerk
7757691032 B52's
7757691032 Robert Miles
7777711031 Glenn Miller
7787721027 Christina Perri
7797731025 Byrds
7797731025 Dannii Minogue
7817881024 Sigala
7817751024 Toploader
7837761022 Richard Clayderman
7837761022 Wyclef Jean
7857781020 Kirsty MacColl
7857791020 Aled Jones
7877791019 Lou Reed
7887811014 Cult
7887811014 Levellers
7907831010 Portishead
7907831010 Rubettes
7927851009 John Leyton
7937861008 Doors
7947871007 Chris Barber's Jazzband
7951006 Mabel
7957881006 Paula Abdul
7957881006 Nicole Scherzinger
7987911002 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

UK TOP ACTS 1953-2020 Week 19 (21st May chart)

The Chartwatch list of all-time top acts is calculated from the UK singles and albums charts using the  Chartwatch  2010 scoring system and ...