Lil Nas X really did it: “Old Town Road” is officially the longest-running No. 1 single of all time. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated August 3, “Old Town Road” is once again No. 1, for the 17th week. Now, no song has ever spent as much time in the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 chart as “Old Town Road” has.
Last week, the track was tied in the all-time ranks with “Despacito” by Luis Fonso and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, and “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, with 16 total weeks spent at No. 1. Now, it has surpassed those tracks to become the sole record holder.
— Billboard Charts (@billboardcharts) July 29, 2019
Longest running #1 hits in Billboard Hot 100 history (weeks):
Old Town Road 17
One Sweet Day 16
I Will Always Love You 14
I'll Make Love to You
Candle in the Wind 1997
We Belong Together
I Gotta Feeling
End of the Road 13
The Boy Is Mine
— chart data (@chartdata) July 29, 2019
The song’s sustained success comes thanks in part to Lil Nas X’s dedication to promoting and constantly releasing new remixes of the track. The song’s top spot this week is surely thanks in part to the latest “Seoul Town Road” remix featuring BTS member RM, as the K-pop group has a passionate fanbase that likely contributed more than a few streams to the cause. Not long before that, he also shared a remix of the song featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug, and Mason Ramsey, along with an Area 51-themed video for the track.