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Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Ties Record for Longest No. 1 Chart Run in History

Old Town Road makes it to number 1 on the billboard charts for 16 weeks, a streak only matched by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, as well as Daddy Yankee

Yeeeeeeeah I’m gonna take my song to the Billboard charts, I’m gonna… staaaaay until I can’t no more!

That’s right folks… Lil Nas X is continuing to shock the world with his horses in the back. The remix of Old Town Road featuring Billy Ray Cyrus has been number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 16 consecutive weeks. That ties the streak for the longest time at number 1.

The last artist(s) to have the top hit for this long was Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (with the help of Justin Bieber), when they made a remix to ‘Despactio‘ back in 2017. They had the number 1 hit for 16 weeks as well.

They also tied with Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men with ‘One Sweet Day‘ in 1995, bleeding into ’96.

 

No other song in the history of the Billboard charts has been number 1 for this span of time.

It’s the remix policy on the Billboard charts is causing a lot of controversy however…

The policy says that if a remix (or remixes) exist of the song, then streams and radio plays for the remix also get tallied for the original song, or the most popular version of it. In this case, it’s the Billy Ray Cyrus version.

There are currently 4 different versions of Old Town Road in existence. The original with just Lil Nas X, the Billy Ray Cyrus remix, the Diplo remix, and the Young Thug/Mason Ramsey remix that just came out.

All streams, plays, and other factors from these songs have played a part in it’s run.

Billie Eilish, 17-year-old pop singer has tried to mimic this tactic by releasing a remix of the song ‘Bad Guy‘ with Justin Bieber. Bad Guy currently sits at number 2 on the charts.

Cover Art for ‘Bad Guy’ by Billie Eilish ft. Justin Bieber

She is the closest artist to come close to breaking Nas’s streak.

Old Town Road has been on the charts for 20 weeks, dating back to March 16th. The song was a popular on Tik Tok, a kids’ social media site, and it found it’s way into mainstream media not too much longer after it’s take off on the site.

It debuted at number 83 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The new charts for a potential week 17 of Old Town Road will come out on July 29th. Who knows, there may be a broken record…

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Mateo Valdez

Hi! This is Mateo Valdez, current co-host of the Morning Beat with Steve since April 1st, 2019. Articles seen here can also be heard live at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 AM during the Morning Beat every weekday, Monday-Friday.



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