Dec. 2, 1995: Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men Begin Historic Hot 100 Reign
Dec. 2, 1995: Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men Begin Historic Hot 100 Reign

Seventeen years ago today, their 'One Sweet Day' started a 16-week Hot 100 command, the longest in the chart's 54-year archives.

Seventeen years ago today, Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men began the longest reign in the chart's 54-year history, as "One Sweet Day" spent its first of 16 weeks (or, 112 sweet days) atop the tally.

The song bested the 14-week commands of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" (1992-93) and Boyz II Men's own "I'll Make Love to You" (1994). Since, four more songs have tallied a runner-up 14 frames at No. 1: Los Del Rio's "Macarena" (1996), Elton John's "Candle in the Wind"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" (1997-98), Carey's own "We Belong Together" (2005) and the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" (2009).

"Sweet" was released from Carey's 1995 album "Daydream." The ballad became her 10th of 18 Hot 100 No. 1s to date, the most among soloists in the Hot 100's archives.