In any country, what's the shortest number one chart hit? (Either duration of the 'A-side' / main track, or total duration)

  • No 2019 there’s a shorter song called “I suffer more”
    – Rafa
    Commented Jul 4, 2019 at 19:22
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    This is not very useful without information on who it's by and in which country.
    – PiedPiper
    Commented Jul 4, 2019 at 19:42
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    also link to song on Yt or similar
    – Angst
    Commented Jul 4, 2019 at 22:05

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The shortest chart topper for the UK Singles Chart is Adam Faith's "What Do You Want?", clocking in at 1:38. It spent three weeks at number 1 beginning the week of December 4, 1959.

In the US, the shortest number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart is "Stay" by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs. It spent only one week at number 1, on November 21, 1960. I've seen various reports on the length of this song ranging from 1:37 to 1:50.

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