2019 Latin Grammys

From Debby Boone to Lil Nas X, How Artists Fare After Arriving With 10-Week-Plus Hot 100 No. 1s

Tanima Mehrotra
Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X joins only Flo Rida and Ashanti in adding a second top 10 after reigning for double-digit weeks with an introductory No. 1 in a lead role.

As previously reported, Lil Nas X lands his second Billboard Hot 100 top 10, as "Panini" vaults from No. 14 to No. 5 on the chart dated Sept. 28.

The song soars following the Sept. 13 arrival of its remix with DaBaby.

"Panini" returns Lil Nas X to the Hot 100's top tier after his breakthrough smash, "Old Town Road," featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, dominated for a record 19 weeks at No. 1 in April through August.

Looking at the Hot 100 historically, how rare is it for an artist to blast in with a debut hit that leads for double-digit weeks and add a second top 10, either with a direct follow-up or at all?

Lil Nas X became the sixth artist to score a 10-week-or-more Hot 100 No. 1 in a first appearance on the chart. Now, he's the third to revisit the top 10 with another song.

Thus, even the most notable rookie reigns offer no guarantees of further chart success.

Perhaps the achievement of following a debut smash with a second hit isn't quite as eye-catching as rewriting the mark for the longest-leading No. 1 in the Hot 100's six-decade archives, but, more key long-term, it points to the career sustainability for which Lil Nas X is striving. "As an artist building myself up, I'm going to have to continue to make other moments," he recently told Billboard.

Here's a recap of how the five acts before Lil Nas X that began with a Hot 100 No. 1 that reigned for 10 or more weeks fared in subsequent ventures.

Debby Boone, "You Light Up My Life," 10 weeks at No. 1, beginning Oct. 15, 1977

After bounding in with her debut 1977 smash, Boone tallied two more Hot 100 entries, both the following year: the No. 50 hit "California" and the No. 74-peaking "God Knows"/"Baby, I'm Yours."

On the Hot Country Songs chart, where "Light" reached No. 4, Boone forged a more regular presence, adding seven more top 40 hits, including the 1980 No. 1 "Are You on the Road to Lovin' Me Again."

Los Del Rio, "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)," 14 weeks at No. 1, beginning Aug. 3, 1996

Like Boone, the twosome's pop-culture juggernaut remains the act's only Hot 100 top 10 ahead of two more charted titles. For Los Del Rio, each follow-up marked another version of "Macarena": the original (No. 23, 1996) and "Macarena Christmas" (No. 57, 1997).

Still, "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" remains the longest-leading Hot 100 No. 1 by a duo. The Chainsmokers' "Closer," featuring Halsey, has most seriously challenged the mark, logging 12 weeks on top in 2016.

Ashanti, "Foolish," 10 weeks at No. 1, beginning April 20, 2002

Ashanti became the first artist in a lead role to notch a debut Hot 100 No. 1 that ruled for double-digit weeks and return to the top 10. After "Foolish," she added seven more top 10s through 2005.

Helping her cause, Ashanti first built buzz as featured on Ja Rule's "Always on Time," which led for two weeks in February-March 2002, and via her featured role on Fat Joe's "What's Luv?," which peaked at No. 2 for seven weeks, including five under "Foolish."

As Ashanti's next Hot 100 entry after "Foolish," "Happy," hit No. 8, she and Lil Nas X are the only artists whose second charted titles reached the top 10 following 10-week-plus No. 1s as lead acts.

Flo Rida, "Low," feat. T-Pain, 10 weeks at No. 1, beginning Jan. 5, 2008

Like Ashanti, Flo Rida's debut No. 1 served as a springboard to further top 10s, as he has tallied 10 top 10s since "Low." He's the only act on this list to score subsequent No. 1s, ruling again with "Right Round" (six weeks, 2009) and "Whistle" (two, 2012).

And, like Lil Nas X, Flo Rida employed a sample for his second top 10, adding a level of built-in familiarity: "Right Round" updates Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)," while "Panini" interpolates Nirvana's "In Bloom."

Flo Rida most recently inhabited the top 10 with the No. 4-peaking "My House" in 2016.

Mark Ronson, "Uptown Funk!," feat. Bruno Mars, 14 weeks at No. 1, beginning Jan.17, 2015

"Uptown Funk!" remains Ronson's sole top 40 Hot 100 hit to date as an artist; he's since added three entries, reaching a No. 43 best with "Nothing Breaks Like a Heart," featuring Miley Cyrus.

Ronson is a bit of an outlier in this club, however, as he first broke through to the top 10 as a producer. He solely produced Amy Winehouse's "Rehab," which rose to No. 9 in 2007, and co-produced Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven," which ruled for six weeks in 2012-13.

After "Uptown Funk!," which Ronson co-produced and co-wrote, he again infused the top 10 in both roles, thanks to Lady Gaga's "Million Reasons" (No. 4, 2017).

Ultimately, "What gives you longevity is your passion, your love, something that makes you smile," Flo Rida told Billboard last year. "That's what music does to me. It's getting that chance to bring out the inner me. To see it go from a thought to something that the world can enjoy is priceless."

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