Adele's 'Hello' Ties Longest Reign on AC Chart by a Woman

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Adele performs at The O2 Arena on March 15, 2016 in London. 

With its 21st week on top, the ballad matches smashes by Kelly Clarkson and Celine Dion.

Adele's "Hello" notches a history-matching 21st week at No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart (dated April 23). With its continued command, the song ties Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" and Celine Dion's "A New Day Has Come" for the longest No. 1 run among women since the list launched in 1961. It also equals the third-longest stay at the summit among all acts.

Here is an updated look at the elite songs that have led the AC chart the longest:

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, "Hello," Adele, Nov. 28, 2015
21, "Breakaway," Kelly Clarkson, March 12, 2005
21, "A New Day Has Come," Celine Dion, March 30, 2002
20, "Just the Way You Are," Bruno Mars, Feb. 5, 2011

Click here for the lengthy list of Billboard charts that "Hello" has led, including the Billboard Hot 100, which it ruled for 10 weeks. Parent album 25 has logged its first 20 weeks in the Billboard 200's top 10, 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 12) on Billboard.com.