Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” Is Longest-Running #1 On Billboard Hot 100
UPDATE: Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” extends the record for the longest-reigning number one on the Billboard Hot 100 to 18 weeks. How long do you think the song will remain on top?
UPDATE 2: “Old Town Road” reigns supreme on the Billboard Hot 100 for a 19th week. Do you think it will notch a twentieth week on top?
Lil Nas X just made history. Today (July 29) Billboard confirmed “Old Town Road” notched a 17th week at the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. This means the Atlanta artist now holds the record for the longest-running number one on the chart. Last week he tied the previous record with 16 weeks. It was held by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” and Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s “Despacito.” The news comes following another remix of the country/trap crossover anthem featuring BTS star RM. Another version of the oft-remixed track arrived earlier this month featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug and Mason Ramsey.
The surge of streams from both updated versions was enough to help “Old Town Road” hold out strong over its closest competition: Billie Eilish’s “bad guy.” She remains at the number 2 spot for another week. Meanwhile, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “Señorita” (another song blocked from the top of the chart) rounds out this week’s Top 3. Lil Nas X celebrated the news with an emoji-riddled post on Instagram. In that, he shared a little of the song’s history and his shock at the news. He also promised that more was on the horizon. “As I said before,” he wrote, “it’s just the beginning.”
A message on Twitter was a little more to the point: “YEEE TF HAWWW.” Now we’ll be waiting semi-patiently for the “One Sweet Town Road” remix to celebrate the momentous occasion. That would definitely be a move that will help the track expand it’s record with an 18th week on top. In the meantime, revisit the song’s VMA-nominated video below.