Lil Nas X Breaks the Record for Longest No. 1 Hit With ‘Old Town Road’

17 weeks is the magic number... that's how many weeks it took Lil Nas X to break the record for the longest number 1 charting song in Billboard history

Country music is evolving…

That’s right folks, the longest charting number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 now belongs to Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus for their ‘Old Town Road’ Remix

This feat was achieved in no small part from his friends in the many remixes that exist.

Billboard’s policy states that if a remix of a song exists, then streams; radio plays, etc. from the remix would also be counted for stats on the original track.

The version with the most traction has been the remix with Billy Ray Cyrus, and this version officially gets the title. Other remixes include those with Diplo, Young Thug, Mason Ramsey (the Walmart yodel boy), and BTS star, RM6 (for Seoul Town Road)


The now-second longest running chart topper was ‘One Sweet Day’, sung by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men. They have held the record since 1996. It hit number 1 for 16 weeks.

The only other song since then that came close to beating the record was ‘Despactio’ with Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, and Justin Bieber. They tied One Sweet Day’s record.

Many songs over the past 5 months have tried beating Nas, but ultimately proved unsuccessful. The artist who came the closet was Billie Eilish and ‘Bad Guy’. Taylor Swift also a couple hits that weren’t quite enough in ‘Me!’ and ‘You Need To Calm Down’.

Mariah Carey took to Twitter after finding out about the news on Monday. Sending love & congrats to @LilNasX on breaking one of the longest running records in music history! We’ve been blessed to hold this record with a song that means a great deal to @BoyzIIMen and myself and has touched so many. Keep living your best life!” She wrote.

Nas celebrated the record the only way he knew how, by tweeting “YEEE (insert explicative content here) HAWWW”

He also posted a video to his Twitter account thanking his fans. “I’m on the toilet right now, but I want to say thank you to every single person who has made this moment possible for me. We just broke the record for the longest-running No. 1 song of all-time,” he said while literally, on the toilet with a cowboy hat on, listening to his hit in the background.

The song first entered into the charts when it debuted on the Country Hot 100 at number 19, but got kicked off weeks later for, “not embracing enough elements of today’s country music” (via Billboard).

This event inspired Billy Ray Cyrus to make a remix with Nas, and that’s when the madness began. The song with Billy Ray debuted at number 83 on the Billboard Hot 100, and catapulted from there.

Congratulations to Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus!

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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