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LF System’s ‘Afraid To Feel’ becomes longest running dance track at UK No. 1 in a decade

LF System’s ‘Afraid To Feel’ is officially the longest running UK number one dance track of the decade so far, with seven weeks at the top of the singles chart. 

The tune usurped previous title holder ‘Head & Heart’ [Joel Corry, 2020] after its position was confirmed last weekend. At the time of writing the track has amassed more than 68 million streams, and Gold certification. The cut is one of four dance singles in the current UK top five, including Eliza Rose and Interplanetary Criminal’s breakthrough hit, ‘B.O.T.A. (Baddest of Them All)’.

Announcing the news on social media ahead of their debut London headline set at Night Tales last weekend, the Scottish duo described the achievement as “surreal”, thanking fans and acknowledging that — after a string of big tracks including ‘Dancing Cliché’ — “life’s good man.”

Overall, the record for most consecutive weeks at number one in the UK is still held by Frankie Laine for his 1953 hit ‘I Believe’, which held the top spot for 18 weeks. This is followed by Bryan Adams’ ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’, which remained in pole position for 16 weeks in 1991. In terms of artists, Elvis Presley has spent the most weeks at number one overall, with a mammoth 80, while dance music’s most prolific British chart topper is Calvin Harris, with 31 weeks at the top in total. 

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