‘Old Town Road’ Ties Record For Most Weeks Atop Billboard Hot 100 Chart

There’s no stopping “Old Town Road.” The viral sensation has now spent a whopping 16 weeks at the top of…


Lauren Jo Black

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July 23, 2019


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There’s no stopping “Old Town Road.”

The viral sensation has now spent a whopping 16 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, tying the record for the most time at No.1 in the chart’s 60-year history.

Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, currently shares the record with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, which was No.1 for 16 weeks in 2017, and Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day,” which spent 16 weeks at the top in 1995-96.

Additionally, “Old Town Road” is spending a 12th week atop the Digital Song Sales Chart and is leading both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for a 16th week each. The track is also No.1 on the Songs of the Summer chart for the eighth week.

Earlier this month, Lil Nas X dropped a new remix of the song adding Mason Ramsey and rapper Young Thug to the mix. If fans’ predictions are correct, another remix featuring Dolly Parton may be coming down the pipeline. The iconic entertainer recently sent a cryptic tweet in reply to Lil Nas X asking her to collaborate with him on a remix of the track.

According to Billboard, “Old Town Road” is poised to remain at No.1 for a 17th week. If it holds its spot, it will become the longest-running No.1 in Billboard chart history. The chart position will be revealed on Monday, July 29.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.