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.
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 Fonsi, Daddy 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.