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Will Old Town Road Become the Longest Reigning #1 of All Time?

It has been quite the year for Lil’ Nas X. The youngster has made several headlines as of late for his strides to make several remix to the biggest song of 2019, “Old Town Road”. Furthermore, he officially announced himself as gay to close out pride month in June. As of this writing, the record has officially become the second longest reigning #1 single in the history of the Billboard Charts with 15 weeks in the top spot. The record for second place was previously held by a handful of classic tracks including Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road”, Elton John’s “Candle in the Light”, Mark Ranson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”, Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”, and Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together”. These five classics now are in third place with fourteen weeks at the top spot. 

As it stands, there are few threats that oppose a challenge for the record to secure another week at the top spot. According to Billboard figures, other leading titles by Billie Eddish, Khalid, and Post Malone, are highly unlikely to unseat the summer champion. If the single remains at #1 for another week, it will tie the current record for most weeks at #1 for any song in the charts history of 16. That record is currently tied by 2017 smash single, “Despacito”, and the biggest single of the 90s, “One Sweet Day”. 

“Despacito” experienced similar success that “Old Town Road” is finding currently. It benefited significantly from a Justin Bieber assisted remix that took the record to the top of the charts. In the era of streaming and social media, the single continued to break records for the first half of 2017. Billy Ray Cyrus similarly hopped on the remix of “Old Town Road” following backlash Lil Nas X received from the country community towards his record. 

In contrast, “One Sweet Day” was a monstrous duet that dominated the charts from 1995 to 1996 between Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men at the prime of their careers. The single was a huge seller and radio hit. It was the most popular song of the 1990s and one of the 30 biggest songs of all time. Ironically, Lil Nas X has extended an invitation to Carey to remix the single as it approaches historic territory.

If the single is able to stay at the top for two more weeks, it will surpass the current record of 16 weeks. Will we have a new record set for most weeks at #1? I guess we will have to see in two weeks time. 

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