Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' Rules Billboard Hot 100 for 15th Week - Elite Music News

Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' Rules Billboard Hot 100 for 15th Week

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"Road" is now a week from tying the record for the most time on top in the chart's history.

Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road," featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a 15th week, moving to within a week of the record for the most time spent at No. 1 in the chart's six-decade history.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, and Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" each spent a record 16 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 2017 and 1995-96, respectively.

Meanwhile, Post Malone launches at No. 3 on the Hot 100 with his new single "Goodbyes," featuring Young Thug.

Let's run down the top 10 of the newest Hot 100 (dated July 20), which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and digital sales data.

With a 15th week atop the Hot 100 for "Old Town Road," here's a look at the 10 longest-leading No. 1s in the chart's archives:

Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1
  • 16, "Despacito," Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, May 27, 2017
  • 16, "One Sweet Day," Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, Dec. 2, 1995
  • 15, "Old Town Road," Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, April 13, 2019
  • 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

As on the Hot 100, "Road" (on Columbia Records) leads the Streaming Songs chart for a 15th week, with 70.5 million U.S. streams, down 21%, in the week ending July 11, according to Nielsen Music. "Road" set the record for the top streaming week (143 million) following the April 5 arrival of its remix with Cyrus and claims nine of the 11 biggest streaming frames to date, including the top three. ("Road" is also a week from potentially matching "Despacito" for the most frames spent at No. 1 on Streaming Songs.)

"Road" spends an 11th week atop the Digital Song Sales chart with 43,000 downloads sold, down 24%, in the week ending July 11. On Radio Songs, where it reached No. 2, "Road" slides 6-8, with 65.2 million audience impressions, down 14%, in the week ending July 14.

"Road" concurrently leads the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for a 15th week each and the Songs of the Summer chart for a seventh week, having topped the summery summary each week since its annual return after Memorial Day.

Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy" notches a fifth total week at its No. 2 Hot 100 high, as it dips 3-4 on Streaming Songs (40.1 million, down 2%) and rises 7-5 on Radio Songs (79.6 million, up 5%) and 8-7 on Digital Song Sales (20,000, up 4%). Contributing to its totals, a remix with Bieber was released Thursday (July 11) afternoon, just before the end of the July 5-11 streaming and sales tracking week.

Thus, consumption of the first full week of the Bieber remix (which rolls into the song's singular Hot 100 listing) will be reflected on next week's Hot 100 (dated July 27), when "Road" will be going for its record-tying 16th week at No. 1. Meanwhile, a new remix of "Road," with Young Thug and Mason Ramsey, released Friday (July 12), will also contribute to next week's charts. (Lil Nas X is further stoking buzz by tweeting Carey an invite to join for a remix of "Road," to which she playfully replied.)

This week, "Road" tumbles by 20% in overall Hot 100 metrics and "Bad Guy" increases by 1%. "Road" sports a still-commanding 1.5-to-1 points difference over "Bad Guy," after leading by 1.9-to-1 last week.

Post Malone's "Goodbyes," featuring Young Thug, enters the Hot 100 at No. 3, becoming the former's seventh top 10 (and fifth to debut in the region) and the latter's second, following his featured turn on Camila Cabello's "Havana," which topped the Jan. 27, 2018, chart.

"Goodbyes" begins at No. 2 on both Streaming Songs (40.8 million) and Digital Song Sales (41,000) and at No. 49 on Radio Songs (22.9 million).

Khalid's "Talk" backtracks to No. 4 from its No. 3 Hot 100 peak, as it leads Radio Songs for a fifth week (133.2 million, up 5%), as well as the streaming-, airplay- and sales-fueled Hot R&B Songs chart for a 12th frame.

Shawn Mendes and Cabello's "Señorita" is stationary at No. 5 on the Hot 100, two weeks after it arrived at its No. 2 best rank, and Ed Sheeran and Bieber's "I Don't Care" drops 4-6, after likewise debuting at its No. 2 highpoint.

Lizzo's "Truth Hurts" retreats 6-7 on the Hot 100. Still, a week after becoming her first top 10 on the tally, it does the same on Radio Songs, where it surges 14-10 (52.3 million, up 18%), good for top Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100.

Jonas Brothers' "Sucker" regresses 7-8 on the Hot 100, after spending a week at No. 1 upon its debut in March, and Post Malone and Swae Lee's "Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)" descends 8-9, after logging a week on top in January. "Sunflower" posts a 30th week in the top 10, becoming just the eighth single ever to reach the longevity milestone; Maroon 5's "Girls Like You," featuring Cardi B, and Sheeran's "Shape of You" share the record with 33 weeks each totaled in the top 10.

Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, DaBaby's "Suge" is steady at No. 10, after reaching No. 7.