‘Despacito’ Ties Mariah Carey To Become Longest Hot 100 #1 Ever

Published: Monday 28th Aug 2017 by Sam

It’s a bittersweet week for Mariah Carey. At least as far as chart stats go. And it’s all thanks to Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s ‘Despacito (ft. Justin Bieber).’

More below, including why Mimi will likely have Taylor Swift to thank next week.

In topping the Billboard Hot 100 for its 16th week, ‘Despacito’ officially ties ‘One Sweet Day’ – Carey’s collaboration with Boyz II Men – as the longest reigning hit in the chart’s 59-year history.

It achieved the feat by accruing the following in the US this week: 80,000 digital downloads (fuelled by a 69 cent price slash on iTunes), 44.6 million streams, and a colossal multi-format radio audience of 106 million.

Mariah will be able to breathe a sigh of relief, though, as Taylor Swift is guaranteed a #1 debut with her mega-selling new single ‘Look What You Made Me Do.’ For, as reported, the ‘Reputation’ lead offering outsold ‘Despacito’s one week total in one day. It’s also proving a streaming monster.

Whether Swift’s looming success will see off future competition from the summer anthem remains to be seen. It goes without saying, though, that Mariah and her Lambs will be hoping that it will. Because, should ‘Despacito’ return to the top spot, it will officially nab the all-time record.

Here’s how the current list of longest leading Hot 100 hits looks like:

The Longest-Leading Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s 
Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1
16 (to date), “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, May 27, 2017
16, “One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, Dec. 2, 1995
14, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, Jan. 17, 2015
14, “I Gotta Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas, July 11, 2009
14, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey, June 4, 2005
14, “Candle in the Wind 1997″/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” Elton John, Oct. 11, 1997
14, “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),” Los Del Rio, Aug. 3, 1996
14, “I’ll Make Love to You,” Boyz II Men, Aug. 27, 1994
14, “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston, Nov. 28, 1992


We’re forming a prayer circle here at TGJ. Because, while records are made to be broken, surely something with more bite deserves the honor. Like, ‘Despacito’ is cute and all, but it’s not a patch on most of the songs listed above.

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  1. Suicide Blonde August 28, 2017

    I don’t know what the big fuss is about, “One Sweet Day” is almost unknown outside of the US, at least “Despacito” is a monster hit all across the world. Let’s be honest, neither songs deserve its position, both are disposable IMO.

    • Stephy August 28, 2017

      Um both songs deserves their positions. They were huge in America, on the Hot 100 charts, radio, sales & streams (for Despacito). It doesn’t matter what you think or how you feel. Also, this is about the most legendary charts in the music industry aka the HOT 100 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CHARTS. Not worldwide charts. No one cares about no other country charts. Most of us American’s could careless about the UK or Germany charts… But people (including TGJ) outside of American ALWAYS stalking our charts. The original version of “Despacito” was the real global hit. Bieber’s version is the one that was #1 in America and dominated the charts. So stop bringing up irrelevant things that has nothing to do with the actual topic at hand ala HOT 100… Which yo drug addicted self…

    • DUH August 28, 2017

      Lets be honest OSD does deserve its honor. It was written and produced by Mariah and BIIM and held the ranking without relying on weak competition and streaming. Just because you don’t like the song doesn’t mean you act like an idiot.

      • Suicide Blonde August 28, 2017

        I’m acting like an idiot because I think both songs are trash, lambs logic ??‍♂️

    • Suicide Blonde August 28, 2017

      stop bringing up irrelevant things that has nothing to do with the actual topic
      Last time I checked, my comment was about the whole fuss about Despacito almost dethroning One Sweet Day, my opinion, both songs sucks. And remember, EUROPE, ASIA, AFRICA, OCEANIA, SOUTH AMERICA >>>>The US. You Americans are so arrogant and ignorant, zero education, zero culture, you’re so proud of a country that still treats your people like second class citizens, but what would you do, you probably have never left the s*** hole of a town where you were born.

      • Stephy August 28, 2017

        And yet, you’re still focused so much on American charts and media. Lmfoaoo

      • Suicide Blonde August 28, 2017

        Never cared for American Charts or Music charts for that matter. America’s media influence is strong, never denied that, but its importance is overrated by American themselves, for an artist is better to be known/successful worldwide than to be local to the US, Taylor Swift is mostly local to the US, she’s irrelevant in many other countries, you Americans don’t understand that.

      • Stephy August 28, 2017

        Oh I understand but I don’t care. I’m not worried about lessor markets. American is the BIGGEST market in music, by a LOOOOONG shot. Only Japan is near us. The fact is, when you’re huge in America, you really don’t need worldwide success. It’s a privilege and an honor to be welcomed by other countries but nothing beats the support of the LARGEST market and you know that. The music business was started in America. And we have produced the biggest pop sensational acts in history. The Hot 100 is the most legendary chart in the business. The only chart that other countries talks about. No one in this country (that follows music) really cares about other charts outside of the Hot 100. And you know that. The Hot 100 holds the most weight and respect in the industry outta all the charts globally.

        And yes, Taylor’s success is mostly stationed to American’s. But with her American sales alone…. She still manages to outsell EVERY (aside from Adele) globally. With her American sales alone, she has scored the biggest selling album globally, and probably will do it again this year with only 1 month and 3 weeks worth of sales, mostly stationed in the USA. No other market holds this music power…

        Taylor doesn’t even NEED non-American sales to scored the biggest selling album, wait for it…. worldwide of that calendar year. That’s the power of the American market.

      • Stephy August 28, 2017


      • Suicide Blonde August 28, 2017

        Call me when the American Charts help an artist fill stadiums around the world.

      • Stephy August 28, 2017

        The touring business is a totally different thing from the recording/charting industry. You have to establish yourself as a touring act, regardless of how many “hits” you have. There you go changing the subject again

      • Suicide Blonde August 28, 2017

        Well, you think American Charts have super powers, so they should help artists fill stadiums around the world……See how the whole “Most Important Charts in the world” is stupid.
        The Hot 100 holds the most weight and respect in the industry outta all the charts globally.
        Yet that important chart does not makes you famous around the world, which allows you to perform in several countries and music markets, an artist known in Europe is more global than an artist just known in the US, despite the fact that the US market is bigger, because Europe is a continent with different countries, languages and cultures, the US is a multiethnic nation, in which each individual shares the same culture despite their ethnic backgrounds, that’s the difference between the US and the rest of the world, the US as powerful as it is remains a single country, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and Oceania are continents, an artist is truly global when its popularity reaches all corners of the world, that’s why The World >>>> The US.

      • Stephy August 28, 2017

        USA market >>> any other market period. And again, the touring business is totally different from the recording industry.

      • Lanafan1 August 30, 2017

        One Sweet Day was a song about Mariah Carey’s dead friend. It was her way of honoring them. Diane Warren did an amazing job with writing the lyrics. That song was anything but trash. I love Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, but no one wants to hear that depressing s*** all the time. So, get some better taste!

    • Cory August 28, 2017

      Let’s us not forget Mariah 49 Cent Queen Carey gave “One Sweet Day” away to record stores for free so they could sell it for 49 cents so that it could get to #1. http://www.nytimes.com/1996/01/25/arts/are-pop-charts-manipulated.html?mcubz=3

      No one remembers “One Sweet Day”. It’s not legendary either in the way “I Will Always Love You” or even “Uptown Funk” is. It’s a fraudulent record that I am happy to see tired of even broken. I hate “Despacito” but you can’t deny it was a massive hit around the world.

      • Stephy August 28, 2017

        Umm Despacito was discounted to 69 cents as well as factored in with a remix. IT was fraudulent as well

    • Jasmine August 28, 2017

      Shut up B****. Why are you always the first to comment on these posts? You have NO LIFE. Plus you are a MORON. In the UK, One Sweet Day was one of Mariah’s best-selling singles, with estimated sales over 255,000. The song went number 1 in many countries across the globe and sold over 1,300,000 in the US (go on google and wikipedia for the numerous receipts!). You are just mad because your fav could never top that. You and your favs are nothing more than idiot bottom b|tches!

    • JOHNVIDAL August 29, 2017

      Please don´t lose your mind now. You may not find One Sweet Day an especially good song. And you may prefer other Mariah songs. One Sweet day is far from being one of Mariah´s more lasting hits. It´s true. But the thing is, it is Mariah, and represents her other songs and an era. You can not say One Sweet day is as much crap as Despacito. Don´t be silly. Only the monumentally beautiful vocals ALONE demolishes Despacito attempts at being… a thing. Despacito is just a Macarena. Nobody takes it seriously and it wasn´t its intention. It´s just not comparable. One Sweet Day is just so beautiful, even if not pop brilliance. Just don´t be silly.
      I agree taht these records shouldn´t be that important and all that. But in this mediocre era where streams and all that pshit are being counted as sales and talent in mainstream has declined so much, these type of older records by obviouslt way more talented artists deserve to prevail. Just my take.

    • Lisa August 29, 2017

      Suicide Blonde STFU. One Sweet Day is still played at EVERY FUNERAL — Hopefully yours soon. ICONIC song you dumbfuk

    • Josh August 29, 2017

      im shocked people out there think One Sweet Day is undeserving

      • taustin13 August 30, 2017

        Also One Sweet Day was co-written and produced by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men. NOT Diane Warren.

  2. Stephy August 28, 2017

    Thanks Taylor! Her new song will be #1 for at-least 5 weeks. She’ll probably dethrone herself next single release. There’s really no competition out rn. Also, TGJ, this record was not exclusive to just Mariah Carey…. Why do people forget Boys To Men helped write & sung on the song as well. Arguably, they’re the reason it stayed #1 for so long… I mean, Mariah was huge in American then but Boys To Men were massive as well. “I’ll Make Love To You” and “End Of The Road” both stayed at #1 on the Hot 100 charts for 14 & 13 weeks respectively. So, it’s rude to just say “Mariah Carey’s record” ?

    • DUH August 28, 2017

      Stephy. This is taustin13. Don’t compare them from 1990-1997, especially 1995-1996. You know why.

      • Stephy August 28, 2017

        Wait, I thought you were suppose to be Tyler now? Also, don’t shade Boys To Men like that… No they didn’t possess Mariah’s global success during the 90’s (or consistency in terms of releasing albums/singles) but they still were huge. And are a huge part of the reason the song spent 16 weeks at #1

      • Shaun Crisis August 28, 2017

        I agree Stephy 100%

    • Shaun Crisis August 28, 2017


  3. Ropeburn August 28, 2017

    Lawd have mercy! Somebody save us from this mediocrity! There’s no hope for the children of America when they listen to Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber on repeat for 16 weeks.

    • Jasmine August 28, 2017

      Well Said. Thank you for that spot on comment.

  4. Fancy BISH August 28, 2017

    “Thank you Taylor dahhhhhhhhling!” -Muva Mimi #WigIntact

  5. Shaun Crisis August 28, 2017

    I agree Keeping a classic like Mariah (even tho I’m not a fan) at no1 still promotes real music and talent. If ‘Despacito’ takes it, people will try less to create strong vocal hits and just assume it won’t be acknowledged due to previous record breakers. We need real music in the record sellers too just for influence at least..

  6. Shaun Crisis August 28, 2017

    @dirtfreshnews for more

  7. Shaun Crisis August 28, 2017

    how do I change profile pic?

  8. JOHNVIDAL August 29, 2017

    It´s a pity it has to be Taylor and another basic song the one that has to stop this though. Aren´t there hugely talented artists in mainstream anymore? Any other artists in Taylor´s position would have been ripped by media at this point and their sales would have already suffered. They do it to almost everybody which shows some type of snake-ish ways. Not to her it seems 🙁

  9. Dev August 29, 2017

    Mariah is a legend and Despacito is a moment, either way these charts don’t account for iconic songs just overplayed ones

  10. Mark111 August 29, 2017


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