The Longest-Leading Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s

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Billy Ray Cyrus (left) and Lil Nas X

Just 3 percent of all Hot 100 No. 1s have led for 10 weeks or more.

From Debby Boone's 1977 smash "You Light Up My Life" to, now, "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, a relatively select few smashes have led the Billboard Hot 100 chart for at least 10 weeks. How few? A mere 3 percent of all Hot 100 No. 1s dating to the chart's launch on Aug. 4, 1958, have earned the achievement.

In honor of the singles to claim the Hot 100's top spot the longest, here's a look at the elite leaders to rule for double-digit weeks, an exclusive club now led by "Old Town Road."


THE LONGEST-LEADING HOT 100 No. 1s
Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1

19, "Old Town Road." Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, April 13, 2019

16, "Despacito," Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, May 27, 2017
16, "One Sweet Day," Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, Dec. 2, 1995

14, "Uptown Funk!," Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, Jan. 17, 2015
14, "I Gotta Feeling," The Black Eyed Peas, July 11, 2009

14, "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey, June 4, 2005
14, "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight," Elton John, Oct. 11, 1997
14, "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)," Los Del Rio, Aug. 3, 1996
14, "I'll Make Love to You," Boyz II Men, Aug. 27, 1994
14, "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston, Nov. 28, 1992

13, "The Boy Is Mine," Brandy & Monica, June 6, 1998
13, "End of the Road," Boyz II Men, Aug. 15, 1992


12, "Shape of You," Ed Sheeran, Jan. 28, 2017
12, "Closer," The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey, Sept. 3, 2016
12, "See You Again," Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, April 25, 2015
12, "Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell, June 22, 2013
12, "Boom Boom Pow," The Black Eyed Peas, April 18, 2009
12, "Yeah!," Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris, Feb. 28, 2004
12, "Lose Yourself," Eminem, Nov. 9, 2002
12, "Smooth," Santana featuring Rob Thomas, Oct. 23, 1999

11, "God's Plan," Drake, Feb. 3, 2018

11, "Independent Women Part I," Destiny's Child, Nov. 18, 2000
11, "I'll Be Missing You," Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112, June 14, 1997
11, "Un-Break My Heart," Toni Braxton, Dec. 7, 1996
11, "I Swear," All-4-One, May 21, 1994

10, "In My Feelings," Drake, July 21, 2018
10, "One Dance," Drake featuring WizKid & Kyla, April 23, 2016

10, "Hello," Adele, Nov. 14, 2015
10, "Happy," Pharrell Williams, March 8, 2014
10, "We Found Love," Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris, Nov. 12, 2011
10, "Low," Flo Rida featuring T-Pain, Jan. 5, 2008
10, "Irreplaceable," Beyonce, Dec. 16, 2006
10, "Gold Digger," Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx, Sept. 17, 2005
10, "Dilemma," Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland, Aug. 17, 2002
10, "Foolish," Ashanti, April 20, 2002
10, "Maria Maria," Santana featuring The Product G&B, April 8, 2000

10, "Physical," Olivia Newton-John, Nov. 21, 1981
10, "You Light Up My Life," Debby Boone, Oct. 15, 1977

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