Ed Sheeran Is First Solo Act With Three Year-Long Hot 100 Hits, As 'Perfect' Celebrates 52 Weeks on the Chart

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Ed Sheeran "Perfect"

As Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” retains its No. 20 rank on the Billboard Hot 100 dated Sept. 1, the ballad secures a 52nd week on the chart, becoming the 61st song -- of more than 27,000 Hot 100 hits -- to last one year on the list.

“Perfect,” the third single from Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) album, reigned atop the Hot 100 for six weeks December 2017-January 2018, with help from a new duet version featuring Beyoncé.

As “Perfect” joins the class, here’s a look at the longest-running Hot 100 hits, dating to the chart’s creation on Aug. 4, 1958. Notably, all of the songs that spend a year or longer have occurred since 1995, shortly after the Hot 100 adopted Nielsen Music data to power the chart in 1991. Since the enactment, songs have averaged significantly longer chart runs.

Weeks on Chart, Song Title, Artist, Years on Chart
87, “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons, 2012-14
79, “Sail,” AWOLNATION, 2011-14
76, “I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz, 2008-09*
69, “How Do I Live,” LeAnn Rimes, 1997-98*
68, “Counting Stars,” OneRepublic, 2013-14*
68, “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, 2011-12
65, “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele, 2010-12
65, “Foolish Games/You Were Meant for Me,” Jewel, 1996-98*
64, “Before He Cheats,” Carrie Underwood, 2006-07*
62, “Ho Hey,” The Lumineers, 2012-13*
62, “You and Me,” Lifehouse, 2005-06
61, “Demons,” Imagine Dragons, 2013-14
60, “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum, 2009-10*
60, “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),” Los del Rio, 1995-97
59, “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran, 2017-18*
59, “All of Me,” John Legend, 2013-14
59, “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra, 2012-13*
58, “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran, 2014-15*
58, “How to Save a Life,” The Fray, 2006-07
58, “Smooth,” Santana featuring Rob Thomas, 1999-2000*
57, “Dark Horse,” Katy Perry featuring Juicy J, 2013-14*
57, “Lights,” Ellie Goulding, 2011-13
57, “Use Somebody,” Kings of Leon, 2008-10
57, “Higher,” Creed, 1999-2000
56, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, 2014-16
56, “Some Nights,” fun., 2012-13*
56, “I Gotta Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas, 2009-10*
56, “The Way You Love Me,” Faith Hill, 2000-01
56, “I Don’t Want to Wait,” Paula Cole, 1997-98*
55, “Amazed,” Lonestar, 1999-2000
55, “Barely Breathing,” Duncan Sheik, 1996-97*
55, “Missing,” Everything But The Girl, 1995-96*
54, “Stay With Me,” Sam Smith, 2014-15
54, “Wake Me Up!,” Avicii, 2013-14, 18
54, “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly, 2012-13
54, “Hey, Soul Sister,” Train, 2009-10*
54, “Unwell,” matchbox twenty, 2003-04*
54, “Hanging by a Moment,” Lifehouse, 2001-02*
53, “Shut Up and Dance,” WALK THE MOON, 2014-15
53, “Pompeii,” Bastille, 2013-14*
53, “If I Die Young,” The Band Perry, 2010-11
53, “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me),” Train, 2001-02*
53, “Kryptonite,” 3 Doors Down, 2000-01*
53, “Breathe,” Faith Hill, 1999-2000*
53, “Too Close,” Next, 1998-99*
52, “Perfect,” Ed Sheeran, 2017-18
52, “Thunder,” Imagine Dragons, 2017-18*
52, “Believer,” Imagine Dragons, 2017-18*
52, “Say You Won’t Let Go,” James Arthur, 2016-17*
52, “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, 2017-18*
52, “That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars, 2016-18
52, “Closer,” The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey, 2016-17*
52, “Cheap Thrills,” Sia featuring Sean Paul, 2016-17*
52, “Don’t Let Me Down,” The Chainsmokers featuring Daya, 2016-17
52, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!,” Justin Timberlake, 2016-17*
52, “Stressed Out,” twenty one pilots, 2015-16
52, “Stitches,” Shawn Mendes, 2015-16*
52, “Trap Queen,” Fetty Wap, 2015-16*
52, “See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, 2015-16*
52, “How’s It Going to Be,” Third Eye Blind, 1997-98*
52, “Truly Madly Deeply,” Savage Garden, 1997-98*

* Songs marked with an asterisk completed their chart runs in consecutive weeks. For most nonconsecutive runs, a song likely debuted from an album release or initial impact as a single before it later returned as an official single or became a crossover hit.

Sheeran has further cause for celebration as he is now the first soloist to log three different year-long Hot 100 residents. He previously crossed the milestone with “Thinking Out Loud,” which notched 58 weeks October 2014-November 2015, including eight weeks at its No. 2 peak. He soon bested “Loud” -- both in peak position and longevity -- with “Shape of You,” a 59-week Hot 100 occupant January 2017-March 2018. The track racked up 12 weeks at No. 1 and was named the Hot 100’s top-performing tune of 2017.

With a third year-long Hot 100 hit on his résumé, Sheeran surpasses Bruno Mars, Faith Hill, Lifehouse, The Chainsmokers and Train, who each boast a pair of songs that have remained on the chart for at least 52 weeks. He trails only Imagine Dragons, who own four Hot 100 hits that have surpassed the one-year mark, including the all-time leader, “Radioactive,” at 87 weeks.