Old Town Road Continues to Dominate
Lil Nas X and his record Old Town Road has claimed the most weeks at number 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Furthermore, this is one of the most prized records in the charts 60-year history. The track beats the previous record of 16 weeks first scored by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day”. This record was set back in 1995-96. However, the record was matched in 2017 when Justin Bieber jumped on Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito”.
As far as notable record setters, Lil Nas X finds himself in elite company. Among the most distinguished, The Beatles boast the most number 1s with 20. Mariah Carey has spent the most time at number 1 in her career with 79 weeks. However, Old Town Road leads the Streaming Songs chart for a 17th week. This is another record-breaking mark for the artist and tops “Despacito” again. It should be noted, that while X still rules the chart, he is down 16% in the last week, according to Nielsen Music. The track set the record for top streaming week in April with 143 million streams, solely due to the remix with Billy Ray Cyrus and the controversy. However, able to hold momentum, the track has been able to claim nine of the eleven biggest streaming weeks to date. Including the top three.
Additionally, with continuing momentum, the track is updated with a “Week 17 Version” video of Old Town Road and more remixes. All of this helps the rising superstar’s success. With aim at week 18, Lil Nas X put out an additional remix with RM of BTS. This version of the remix is called the “Seoul Town Road Remix”. We should see the full impact on this coming week’s charts.