George Michael set for Christmas No1? Other stars with posthumous hits

George Michael's estate recently released the festive single 'This How (We Want You To Get High)' and as it's in the running for this year's Christmas number one, here's a look back at some of the other music legends whose posthumous tracks have risen to the top of the charts.

Stars with Posthumous No1s
Stars with Posthumous No1s
08 Nov 2019

Stars with Posthumous No1s

George Michael's estate recently released the festive single 'This How (We Want You To Get High)' and as it's in the running for this year's Christmas number one, here's a look back at some of the other music legends whose posthumous tracks have risen to the top of the charts.

Freddie Mercury - Living on My Own
Freddie Mercury - Living on My Own
08 Nov 2019

Freddie Mercury - Living on My Own

In 1993, two years after Freddie Mercury's death, the No More Brothers mix of the song was released and reached number one in the UK, Ireland and in France, becoming the late Queen frontman's first solo chart-topper. The song was originally released on his debut solo LP 'Mr. Bad Guy' in 1985, however it only peaked at number 50 in the UK at the time.

Tupac - Ghetto Gospel
Tupac - Ghetto Gospel
08 Nov 2019

Tupac - Ghetto Gospel

Tupac's posthumous single 'Ghetto Gospel' was released on his 2004 album 'Loyal to the Game' and samples Sir Elton John's 1971 track 'Indian Sunset'. The single topped the charts in the UK for three weeks,. The late rapper - whose full name is Tupac Shakur and is often stylised as 2Pac - penned the anthem as an outcry to "end the war on the streets", and in tribute to black activists Malcolm X and Bobby Hutton.

The Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize and No Money No Problems
The Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize and No Money No Problems
08 Nov 2019

The Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize and No Money No Problems

The Notorious B.I.G. is the only artist with two posthumous Billboard Hot 100 No1s. The iconic rapper was shot to death on March 9, 1997, After his shooting death on March 9, 1997, Biggie's singles 'Hypnotize' and 'Mo Money Mo Problems' were released in May and August, respectively. Biggie almost achieved a third posthumous number one with Puff Daddy's 'Been Around the World', which he featured on with Mase, which went to No2 in January 1998.

Buddy Holly - It Doesn't Matter Anymore
Buddy Holly - It Doesn't Matter Anymore
08 Nov 2019

Buddy Holly - It Doesn't Matter Anymore

Buddy Holly became the first artist to score a posthumous UK No1 with 'It Doesn’t Matter Anymore' in 1959. The rock 'n' roll legend's posthumous hit - which spent three weeks at the top - was released just 10 weeks after his tragic death in a plane crash aged 22.

Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Chile
Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Chile
08 Nov 2019

Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Chile

Jimi Hendrix's 'Voodoo Chile' gave him his first UK number one, two months after his death. The rock legend recorded the track in 1968 for the third Jimi Hendrix Experience album 'Electric Ladyland'. After his passing aged 27 in September 1970, the song entered the chart in the November.

Dave Bowie - Blackstar
Dave Bowie - Blackstar
08 Nov 2019

Dave Bowie - Blackstar

David Bowie's final album 'Blackstar' was released two days before his death from cancer on January 10, 2016. After his passing, the record shot straight to number one in the UK, and spent three weeks at the top, before his greatest hits LP, 'Best of Bowie', knocked it off . He then joined Michael Jackson in becoming the only artist to beat themselves to number one posthumously.

Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
08 Nov 2019

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley has scored five posthumous UK number ones. Following his death 1977's 'Way Down', 2002's 'A Little Less Conversation', with JXL; and the January 2005 reissues of 'Jailhouse Rock', 'One Night/I Got Stung', and 'It’s Now Or Never' re-entered the charts reaching the top.

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
08 Nov 2019

Michael Jackson

Michael replaced's greatest hits LP 'Number Ones' reached number one following his death in 2009, and it was knocked off the top spot by his own 'The Essential' record, a week later. He created chart history, with six spots on the Top 10 singles. The King of Pop later scored scored a further posthumous No1 album in 2014 with 'Xscape'.

John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over
John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over
08 Nov 2019

John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over

Following his murder on December 8, 1980, late Beatles frontman John Lennon achieved his second solo number one with '(Just Like) Starting Over'. The song was released two months prior to his devastating death.

George Harrison
George Harrison
08 Nov 2019

George Harrison

George Harrison became the first posthumous chart-topper to knock another off the top spot with 'My Sweet Lord'. The 1970 track went to number one after his death in November 2001, replacing late R&B star Aaliyah's hit 'More Than a Woman', which was released in the November, three months after her death.

George Michael's estate recently released the festive single 'This How (We Want You To Get High)' and as it's in the running for this year's Christmas number one, here's a look back at some of the other music legends whose posthumous tracks have risen to the top of the charts.

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