It's June 21 and we're celebrating the longest day of the year the best way we know how: with a long, long look at the record-breaking "longest" moments on the Billboard charts. Have a look: we've got allllll day.
Longest Reign at No. 1 on the Hot 100 Released in 1995, the enduring Mariah Carey collaboration with Boyz II Men, "One Sweet Day," spent 16 sweet weeks (four months!) at the pinnacle of the Hot 100 chart.
Longest Reign at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 The 1961 soundtrack for the feature film version of the immortal Broadway musical "West Side Story" holds the record for staying atop Billboard's main album chart. It ruled for more than a year: 54 weeks!
Longest Run on the Hot 100 With a whopping 76 weeks on the chart, Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" holds the record for most weeks spent on the Hot 100, beating out former record-setter Leann Rimes, who held down the spot with 1997's "How Do I Live."
Longest Run on the Billboard 200 Pink Floyd's acclaimed 1973 classic "Dark Side of the Moon" has spent an amazing 778 weeks riding the Billboard 200 album chart. That's almost 14 (non-consecutive) years!
Longest Climb to No. 1 on the Hot 100 It took Los Del Rio's inescapable 1996 dance-craze ditty "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)," an exhausting 33 weeks (over two chart runs) from the moment it entered the Hot 100 to finally reaching the top.
Longest Climb to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 She probably had no idea how appropriate her 1988 album title would be when she came up with it, but it took Paula Abdul's "Forever Your Girl" a total of 64 weeks - a year and three months - to go from entering the Billboard 200 to reaching No. 1.
Longest Title (Most Words) to Hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 Who'd have thunk it, but Stars On 45's 1981 single had a title so long - 41 words - you have to take several breaths in order to say it all: "Medley: Intro Venus / Sugar Sugar / No Reply / I'll Be Back / Drive My Car / Do YouWant to Know a Secret / We Can Work It Out / I Should Have Known Better / Nowhere Man / You're Going to Lose That Girl / Stars on 45." Gasp.
Longest Title (Most Words) for a Billboard 200 Album Fiona Apple's 1999 No. 13-peaking set is famous for its ultra-ultra long title, which takes up 90 words and, including spaces, 446 characters. Count 'em: "When the pawn hits the conflicts he thinks like a king What he knows throws the blows when he goes to the fight And he'll win the whole thing 'fore he enters the ring There's no body to batter when your mind is your might So when you go solo, you hold your own hand And remember that depth is the greatest of heights And if you know where you stand, then you know where to land And if you fall it won't matter, cause you'll know that you're right"
Longest gap between No. 1s on the Hot 100
It was 24 years, 11 months and three weeks between the single week Cher's "Dark Lady" tallied at No. 1 (March 23, 1974) and the first week (of four) that her "Believe" spent at No. 1 (March 13, 1999).
Longest gap between No. 1s on the Billboard 200
It took 36 years, 10 months and one week between the last week at No. 1 for "Johnny Cash at San Quentin" (Sept. 13, 1969) and the first (and only) week at No. 1 for Cash's "American V: A Hundred Highways" (July 22, 2006).
Longest span of No. 1s on the Hot 100 Cher holds the record of notching No. 1s on the Hot 100 over the longest period of time: 33 years, seven months and three weeks. The first of three weeks at No. 1 for "I Got You Babe" by Sonny & Cher was Aug. 14, 1965. The last week at No. 1 for Cher's "Believe" was Apr. 3, 1999.
Longest span of No. 1s on the Billboard 200 Elvis Presley scored his first Billboard 200 No. 1 46 years, five months and three weeks before his last one. The King's first No. 1 album was "Elvis Presley" (first week at No. 1: May 5, 1956) and his most recent was "ELVIS: 30 #1 Hits" (last week at No. 1: Oct. 26, 2002).
Longest Wait from an Artist's Debut Hot 100 Entry to its First No. 1 Santana had to wait 30 long years between the time it first cracked the Hot 100 with "Jingo" (Oct. 25, 1969) and the first of 12 weeks at No. 1 for "Smooth," featuring Rob Thomas (Oct. 23, 1999).
Longest Wait from an Artist's Debut Billboard 200 Entry to its First No. 1 After Neil Diamond first entered the Billboard 200 with "The Feel of Neil Diamond" Oct. 29, 1966, he had to hold out 41 years, seven months and 27 studio albums before reaching No. 1 with "Home Before Dark" May 24, 2008.
The "Longest" Hot 100 Hit Only one song with the word "longest" in its title has ever hit the Hot 100. Billy Joel's "The Longest Time" peaked at No. 14 in 1984.