Lil Nas X Has The Longest Running No. 1 In Billboard Hot 100 History
Fresh out of the closet and making music history…
It’s official: Lil Nas X, who came out as gay just last month, has broken the record for the longest running number 1 track in Billboard Hot 100 history. That means a black gay man now has the longest running number 1 track in Billboard Hot 100 history.
Monday, it was confirmed that Lil Nas X’s breakthrough hit “Old Town Road” has now spent 17 weeks in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. For those keeping count, the song now has the distinction of holding onto the top stop for a history-making 17 of the 21 weeks the song has charted.
The previous record (at 16 weeks) was held by Luis Fonsi x Daddy Yankee x Justin Biebe for “Despacito” and the Mariah Carey x Boyz II Men collab “One Sweet Day.”
On Instagram, Lil Nas X posted a long reflective post with a series of photos tracking the song’s success, writing in an emoji-packed caption, “Did i know it would become the longest running number 1 song of all time? NO! but I am so thankful that this blessing has been placed upon me. this song has changed my life and the way I see the world around me in less than a year. thank you to every single person who has been apart of this journey. as i said before, it’s just the beginning!” He looked back at how in October 2018, “starting to lose faith in what i could be, i went looking for beats on youtube.” He went on to describe working on the track “EVERY SINGLE DAY. It needed to be funny, it needed to be catchy, it needed to be hip hop, it needed to be country, & it needed to be short!!”
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last year in october 🎃 , as a struggling artist 🤦🏾♂️starting to lose faith in what i could be, i went looking for beats on youtube👨🏾💻. i remember clicking on so many generic sounding beats🥁😞trying to find the right one for me🤔. when suddenly i came across a country-trap 👨🏾🌾🏚sounding masterpiece🤩. i immediately knew i would make something special out of it🤯💭⚡️! my sister👩🏽 told me i had little time left ⏳before i had to leave her house 🏠 after being there for months📆 promoting my music🎶 online 🤳🏾and not helping🤷🏾♂️ her out much. i was so upset 😔! i used it as motivation for the song🎼! i jokingly/seriously saw myself as a loner 🚶🏾♂️ cowboy🤠 needing to 🏃🏾run away from it all🎭! I went out 👟👟 on my sister’s back porch 😶 and listened to the beat 🎧OVER 🔄& OVER 🔄& OVER🔄!! then it came to me😳!! in my best singing voice😮 i sung🎶 “YEAHHH IM GONNA TAKE MY HORSE🐎 TO THE OLD TOWN ROAD 🛣 IM GONNA RIDEEEE TIL I CANT NO MORE 😔😔” I LOVED IT ALREADY! i started to work on it👨🏾🎨 👉🏾EVERY SINGLE DAY👈🏾. it needed to be funny🤣, it needed to be catchy🤗🎵, it needed to be hip hop 🗣🔥, it needed to be country🐴🍺, & it needed to be short👌🏾!! by the time i was finished 😅 setting it up 💁🏾♂️ i was out of my sister’s crib🏡 and at my brothers 👨🏾🦱 place. on ☃️🌬december 2️⃣nd i went into the studio 🎤🎤🎼 & recorded OLD TOWN ROAD🐎🤩✨ & put it out the exact same 🗓day!! did i know it would become the longest running number 1️⃣ song of all time? 🤔NO! ‼️ but i am so thankful🙏🏾 that this blessing ✨ has been placed upon me🤠. this song has changed my life🤩🤩🤩 and the way i see the world🌎🌍around me🙋🏾♂️ in less than a year📈. thank you to every single person☝️ who has been apart of this journey🌄. as i said😯 before, it’s just the beginning! 🖤🤠🐎⚡️