Official: Lil Nas X Beats Mariah Carey For Longest Running Billboard Hot 100 #1 Ever

Published: Monday 29th Jul 2019 by Rashad

When Lil Nas X proclaimed he would ‘ride til he can’t no more’ in his hit, ‘Old Town Road,’ it’s evident he was referring to the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100.

For, this week brought with it news the 20-year-old – who has been atop the tally for a whopping consecutive 17 weeks – has officially broken Mariah Carey‘s two decade old record for longest running #1 in history.

News inside:


Lil Nas X just rode his horse all the way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a historic 17 weeks! The up-and-coming rapper’s viral hit officially broke the record as the longest-running No. 1 in the chart’s six-decade history on Monday, July 29.

The record was previously a tie between Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s collaboration “One Sweet Day” and Luis FonsiDaddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s “Despacito (Remix),” which spent 16 weeks at No. 1 in 1995/1996 and 2017, respectively.


Congrats are due to X (born Montero Hill), who’s extended the song’s grip on the top spot by lifting several remixes.  Blocking the likes of chart heavy hitters Taylor Swift, Drake, Ariana Grande, and more from the chart’s summit over its 4 month reign, ‘Road’ shows little sign of slowing and industry forecasters are already suggesting the song may be #1 next week too.

Wondering how Mariah Carey feels about the victory?  Click here to see.


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  1. Jasmine??‍♀️David??‍♂️Sam??‍♂️& Rashad ??‍♂️#TROLLmineSlayers #DaBiAsianCrew July 29, 2019

    Sad. A modern classic replaced with forgettable autotune.

  2. Ajm265 July 29, 2019

    Music has gone to s***

  3. JOHNVIDAL July 29, 2019

    Quality wise is definitely unfair. But at least this is kind of a “moment” unlike most of the recent long-running #1s. It has to be said the lack of competition grows bigger and bigger. Back then it was crazy the amount of good songs with quality on the race.

  4. K.B. July 29, 2019

    Congratulations Lil Nas X!

    • S.U.P.E.R.S.T.A.R.!. July 29, 2019

      @K.B. – Ditto

    • Casual July 29, 2019


  5. Somebody July 29, 2019

    A new Queen had been crowned.

  6. #TheTruth July 29, 2019

    I don’t like the song at all. I mean vocally & musically it is very forgettable.
    But congrats to him I guess.

  7. stan July 29, 2019

    this is depressing.

  8. Tyty July 29, 2019

    Like someone else said the fact he didn’t have competition for 17 weeks for although a catchy song no different than the forgettable crap we’ve heard past 10 years is quite astonishing. Music really sunk to new lows I never imagined I’d witness.

  9. LUCKI July 29, 2019

    It’s a catchy, fun song I’ll say that much. Records were meant to be broken. Mariah’s legacy is already cemented while Lil Nas is a one hit wonder.

    • Casual July 29, 2019

      All true.

  10. Lol July 29, 2019

    A sad day in music. The fact that people actually let this trash stay number one for this long is ridiculous.

    • Jasmine July 29, 2019

      People are not the problem! Lack of artists is the problem! Radio can only play what is given to them. Lil Nas has no competition. Mariah had a huge amount of competition (Madonna, Whitney, Toni, Anita, Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Sheryl Cole, Celine, etc you name the legend and the legends were competing with Mariah). Lil Nas has no legends to compete with including Big Nas lol

  11. Jasmine The Real Princess July 29, 2019

    Poor Mother Moo is pushing an ice cream truck somewhere as we speak

  12. Clarkson July 29, 2019

    I’m so happy a black gay guy broke this record. Gays make the best music ever.
    This song will still be number 1 for the next two or three weeks. Nobody can knock him off.

    Time to get those Grammy nominations. I wonder which category they will put this song, country or rap or pop.

  13. Barnok July 29, 2019

    It’s not the current music that has gone to the crapper. It’s the music taste of the current generation who is the driving force of Hot100 that has deteriorated to the current lows. A lot of outstanding releases this year, including Caution by MC that has been largely ignored by them. Sad.

    • MessyBoots July 29, 2019

      ^THIS ☝???

    • Jasmine July 29, 2019

      When u were a teen and in ur early 20s we’re u listening to 50 year old broads? NO. So what makes u think others would want to?

    • Barnok July 29, 2019

      Case in point…

  14. James July 29, 2019

    Streaming vs PURE SALES!!!

    No comparison.

  15. Theman July 29, 2019

    Mariah really still has this record. He only got it because of a thousand remixes and streaming. Streaming has messed the industry up terribly.

    • Clarkson July 29, 2019

      Delusion convince ur self.
      Nobody sings one sweet day, old town road is going to be a staple at weddings, karaoke bars, parties, graduations, restaurants, rodeos, car washes etc

      This song old town road will never ever die. It will be sung the same way we sing happy birthday or the national anthem.

      • Lana Del fan July 29, 2019

        The irony of your comment!!! ?????

  16. Gee July 29, 2019

    Sadly he achieved a major milestone but won’t be known for nothing else besides his sexuality. He will be added to the list of one hit wonders before him because other than this song there is no real interest in his music.

  17. Dc July 29, 2019

    Better enjoy it one hit wonder

    • Jeans July 29, 2019

      Definitely. One hit wonder

  18. Lana Del fan July 29, 2019

    Congrats to him. And let’s be real, he had to release30484838 remixes for this feat, but the record is beat and it is what it is. If cardi can get a Grammy and songwriter award, then why can’t he beat Mariah’s record?

  19. I love big black c** July 29, 2019

    R.I.P to today’s music Industry…. trashy songs = #1 nowadays

  20. MessyBoots July 29, 2019

    Oh well.

    Queen Mariah is cemented in music history w/ plenty more records where that came from.. 18 No 1s, 200 plus albums sold and certified, highest selling artists of a WHOLE decade, artist w/ two songs that are No.1 for an entire decade etc etc

    She will be alright losing this record. I bet it wont take 20 years for Old Town Road’s record to be broken in the streaming era. BET on that.

  21. ERIC July 29, 2019

    What a sad statement of where music is today and how chart calculations have changed. Thankfully, this takes nothing away from Mariah. Her music is remembered for its quality and that is what makes Mariah a legend.

    • I hate bllccck n whyyyte July 29, 2019

      What about Boyz II men
      That nutcase Mariah wasn’t even the lead in on one Sweet day Nate was. . A majority of the song really was written by Boyz II men.

      F*** Mariah she is no Whitney

      • ERIC July 29, 2019

        You can’t tell me anything. I have 10 CDs by Mariah on my shelf and I practically studied “One Sweet Day” as a kid. Mariah has first writing credit on the song, meaning SHE wrote most of it. She also wrote the music with Walter A. Nate sings no more lead or background than anyone else.

        I don’t think either singer is better than the other, but if you like Whitney more, congratulations.

  22. EHH July 29, 2019

    Also OSD debuted AND stayed at #1 for 16 weeks when you literally had to GO OUT to the store and buy the single. Thanks to streaming f****** up the charts with billboard giving too much weight on their bbhot100 metrics. Not to mention that all the 559373+ remixes counted

  23. Banks no tyra July 29, 2019

    Take that lambs

    • ERIC July 29, 2019

      Take what? 17 weeks? Lets see if it lasts the 24 years that “One Sweet Day” has.

  24. Jasmine The Real Princess July 29, 2019

    Quality won

  25. I hate bllccck n whyyyte July 29, 2019

    Mariah Carey a hating ass b**** talk about nobody wants that remixed. Why is she hating on the guy I guess she mad because she can’t sing like Whitney Houston.

    • I hate bllccck n whyyyte July 29, 2019

      The party not surprised this b**** is starting to fall off again. and she said she was like a child bride to Tommy mottola recently, you know Whitney Houston always showed people more respect.

  26. Jayvee July 29, 2019

    I knew this is going to happen and I’m honestly not mad about it. Music has changed so much over the years and so are the consumers’ taste, so I didn’t expect a One Sweet Day type of song to beat the record. I’m happy for Lil Nas X and I’m glad the record was beaten by a black gay man. In this homophobic and racist world we live in, this is a very welcome accomplishment. Music wise, Old Town Road is quite a rare type of music ’cause you don’t hear a lot of country/hip-hop fusion especially in mainstream music. So I can be happy knowing that something like that beat One Sweet Day, which is also a rare gem because a collaboration between a black RNB quartet and a multi-racial diva doesn’t happen very often. So calm down people. One Sweet had its time as the record was never broken until 23 years later. That is a record in itself, and judging how fast artists get hits these days I doubt that record will be broken easily. Congrats, Lil Nas X.

  27. Shayla Queen July 29, 2019

    A record Beyoncé never had, never will, has never close to and can only ever dream about. B|tch lucky if she occasionally gets to loiter around the bottom of the top 100 for a few weeks at most ?

  28. Ropeburn July 29, 2019

    What is this world coming to? That giant asteroid needs to hurry up and get here. Humanity needs a hard reset.

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