Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber's 'Despacito' Ties Hot Latin Songs Record for Most Weeks at No. 1
The smash reigns for an historic 41st week.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, ties the record for the most weeks spent at No. 1 in the history of Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart, as it logs its 41st week on top (on the ranking dated Feb. 10).
The smash matches the 41-week reign of Enrique Iglesias' "Bailando," featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona, in 2014-15.
"My goal has always been to make good songs that people enjoy and perform them with passion and honesty," Fonsi tells Billboard. "To break or tie records, although it is not the priority, is a sign that people feel that connection. Being a small part of the history of Latin music is a real honor."
"Despacito" first led Hot Latin Songs (which blends streaming, airplay and sales data) almost a year ago, rising to its first week at No. 1 on the Feb. 18, 2017-dated chart. It spent 35 consecutive weeks at No. 1 and then ceded the throne to J Balvin and Willy Willliam's "Mi Gente," featuring Beyoncé, for 12 weeks, beginning Oct. 21. "Despacito" then returned for another six weeks at No. 1 (so far).
On the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, "Despacito" spent 16 weeks at No. 1, tying Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" (in 1995-96) for the longest command in the chart's 59-year history.
Aiding "Despacito" on the new, Feb. 10-dated Hot Latin Songs chart: Fonsi and Daddy Yankee performed it at the Grammy Awards Jan. 28, sparking its 9 percent gain to 16.8 million U.S. streams and 154 percent surge to 30,000 downloads sold in the week ending Feb. 1, according to Nielsen Music.
Can "Despacito" pass "Bailando" to claim the all-time longevity mark atop Hot Latin Songs all to itself? We'll find out next week. (This week's charts will post tomorrow, Feb. 6 on Billboard.com; next week's charts, when "Despacito" could claim its record-breaking 42nd week at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs, will update Feb. 13.)
For now, let's take a look at the hits with the longest all-time reigns on Hot Latin Songs (dating to the chart's Oct. 4, 1986, inception).
Most Weeks at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs:
Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1
41 weeks, "Despacito," Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, Feb. 18, 2017
41 weeks, "Bailando," Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona, May 17, 2014
30 weeks, "El Perdón," Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias, March 21, 2015
25 weeks, "La Tortura," Shakira feat. Alejandro Sanz, June 4, 2005
22 weeks, "Ginza," J Balvin, Oct, 17, 2015
20 weeks, "Te Quiero," Flex, April 5, 2008
20 weeks, "Me Enamora," Juanes, Sept. 29, 2007
20 weeks, "A Puro Dolor," Son by Four, April 1, 2000