'Despacito' Hits Milestone 100th Week on the Hot Latin Songs Chart

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Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee perform onstage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at Watsco Center on April 27, 2017 in Coral Gables, Fla. 

"When I wrote ‘Despacito’ I never would have thought that two years later it would still be on top of the charts,” Luis Fonsi tells Billboard.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee are celebrating a new milestone on the Hot Latin Songs chart, as “Despacito,” the Puerto Ricans’ first collaboration, which features Justin Bieber, racks up a total of 100 weeks on the Hot Latin Songs chart dated Dec. 22.

The 56-week chart-topper remains at No. 3 for a seventh consecutive week on the latest tally. The track notched its 56th nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the chart dated Sept. 1.

"When I wrote ‘Despacito’ I never would have thought that two years later it would still be on top of the charts,” Luis Fonsi tells Billboard. “It's something that makes me feel proud but more so grateful for the support I've received from all over the world.” 

The Hot Latin Songs chart ranks the most popular Latin songs of the week by blending airplay, sales and streaming data. While "Despacito" spent its last week on the Latin Airplay chart way back on Oct. 21, 2017, the song continues to perform well in sales and especially with streams. The latter metric provided the bulk of the song's points on the Hot Latin Songs chart in recent months, and it sits at No. 4 on the Latin Streaming Songs chart dated Dec. 22. In the most recent tracking week, ending Dec. 13, the song earned 13 million clicks, according to Nielsen Music.

Notably, since “Despacito” debuted at No. 2 on Feb. 4 2017 -hitting the chart’s summit in just its third week (Feb. 18)- the song has remained steady in the chart’s top 5, dropping only as low as No. 5 during its 100-week charting period.

On its centenary, the song becomes just the second track to reach 100 weeks on the list and continues to be the song with the second-most weeks on the chart since its inception on Oct. 4, 1986. Romeo Santo’s “Propuesta Indecente,” a former leader which debuted on the tally on Aug. 10, 2013, continues at the lead with 125 weeks on the chart.

Let’s take a look at the chart’s top 10 longest-charting titles:

Top 10 Longest-Charting Titles on Hot Latin Songs:

125 weeks, “Propuesta Indecente,” Romeo Santos

100 weeks, “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, featuring Justin Bieber

62 weeks, “Incondicional,” Prince Royce

61 weeks, “A Puro Dolor,” Son By Four

60 weeks, “Mi Corazoncito,” Aventura

59 weeks, “Amor Confuso,” Gerardo Ortiz

58 weeks, “El Perdón,” Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias

57 weeks, “Hasta El Amanecer,” Nicky Jam

56 weeks, “Mi Gente,” J Balvin & Willy William, featuring Beyoncé

56 weeks, “Corazón Sin Cara,” Prince Royce

Concurrently, “Despacito” continues to hold the record for the most weeks at No. 1 (56), ahead of runner up “Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias, featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona, which claimed the lead for 41 consecutive weeks.


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