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Adele's 'Hello' Becomes Just Sixth Song to Top AC Chart for 20 Weeks

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Adele, in February, wearing Burberry, her first and only brand partnership. 

The ballad also passes "Rolling in the Deep" as her longest-leading No. 1 on the ranking.

Adele's "Hello" posts a milestone 20th week at No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart (dated April 16). With its continued reign, the song becomes only the sixth to have spent at least 20 weeks at No. 1. It also rewrites Adele's longest stay atop the tally, passing the 19-week command of her 2011 smash "Rolling in the Deep."

Here is an updated look at the select six songs to have led AC for 20 weeks or more since the chart's 1961 inception:

Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist(s), Date Reached No. 1
28, "Drift Away," Uncle Kracker feat. Dobie Gray, June 7, 2003
22, "Hey, Soul Sister," Train, July 3, 2010
21, "Breakaway," Kelly Clarkson, March 12, 2005
21, "A New Day Has Come," Celine Dion, March 30, 2002
20, "Hello," Adele, Nov. 28, 2015
20, "Just the Way You Are," Bruno Mars, Feb. 5, 2011

Click here for the lengthy list of Billboard charts that "Hello" has ruled, including the Billboard Hot 100, which it topped for 10 weeks. Parent album 25 has logged its first 19 weeks in the Billboard 200's top five, including a likewise 10-week domination at No. 1, and has sold 8.6 million copies in the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen Music.

All charts will update tomorrow (April 5) on