“Merry Christmas,” Elton John‘s collaboration with Ed Sheeran, has topped Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary airplay Chart dated January 1.
This marks John’s record-extending 17th No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.
The Carpenters, who earned 15 No. 1s on the chart, Barry Manilow (13), Celine Dion, Lionel Richie (11 each), Whitney Houston and Olivia Newton-John (10 each) are the chart toppers behind John.
The British music legend has the longest span of leading the AC chart.
It is 48 years, seven months and three weeks since John’s song ranked No. 1 on AC for the first time, through “Daniel”.
John’s other chart-topper songs:
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” with Kiki Dee, one, Sept. 11, 1976″Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word,” one, Dec. 18, 1976″Mama Can’t Buy You Love,” one, Aug. 25, 1979″Little Jeannie,” two, June 14, 1980″Blue Eyes,” two, Sept. 11, 1982″That’s What Friends Are For” (Dionne & Friends; Dionne Warwick, John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder), two, Jan. 11, 1986″I Don’t Wanna Go On With You Like That,” one, Aug. 20, 1988″Healing Hands,” one, Oct. 21, 1989″You Gotta Love Someone,” five, Dec. 15, 1990″Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” with George Michael, two, Feb. 8, 1992″The One,” six, July 25, 1992″Simple Life,” three, March 20, 1993″Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” eight, July 9, 1994″Believe,” two, May 20, 1995″Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” 10, Nov. 22, 1997
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