The Story Behind J Balvin's Longest-Reigning Hot Latin Songs No. 1 'Ginza'

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J Balvin's hit "Ginza" not only became a reggaeton anthem in 2015, but it also became one of the longest-reigning No. 1s on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart -- which just celebrated its 30th anniversary on Oct. 4. 

The upbeat track with a hummable riff and infectious beat spent 22 weeks on top, starting in October 2015, joining other chart-topping artists like Enrique Iglesias, Shakira and Nicky Jam, whose tracks are also among the longest-running No 1s on the chart. 

"Ginza" was produced by Sky, Mosty and Bull Nene, who also co-wrote the tune with Balvin. In a previous interview with Billboard, the Medellín-born singer/songwriter talked about the concept and success of the track and how with "Ginza," he made "reggaeton cool again." 

"I thought, why not go back to reggaeton? Because when all is said and done, it’s part of our culture as Latinos. And finally, the song was so hooky, it worked. Let’s be honest, 'Ginza' doesn't really have lyrics to speak of. It's a party track -- a party for reggaetoneros to come out of the closet." 

As far as the idea for a name, he says: "To tell you the truth, I used an Instagram filter called Ginza to share a snippet of the song -- I simply left the name in the caption in case anyone wanted to use the same filter. But everyone started calling the song "Ginza." And when I realized it was also the name of a district in Tokyo that's all about entertainment, I thought it was meant to be."

Here's a look at where Balvin's "Ginza" falls compared to the other the top 15 tracks that have logged the longest runs at No. 1.: 

Longest-Leading No. 1s on Hot Latin Songs
Weeks at No. 1, Artist, Title, Peak Date
41, "Bailando," Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer  Bueno & Gente de Zona, May 17, 2014
30, "El Perdon," Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias, March 21, 2015
25, "La Tortura," Shakira feat. Alejandro Sanz, June 4, 2005
22, "Ginza," J Balvin, Oct. 17, 2015
20, "Te Quiero," Flex, April 5, 2008
20, "Me Enamora," Juanes, Sept. 29, 2007
20, "A Puro Dolor," Son by Four, April 1, 2000
19, "No Me Doy Por Vencido," Luis Fonsi, Sept. 13, 2008
17, "Vivir Mi Vida," Marc Anthony, May 18, 2013
17, "Cuando Me Enamoro," Enrique Iglesias feat. Juan Luis Guerra, June 12, 2010
16, "Hasta El Amanecer," Nicky Jam, March 19, 2016
16, "Que Te Pasa," Yuri, May 14, 1988
15, "Limbo," Daddy Yankee, Feb. 2, 2013
15, "Danza Kuduro," Don Omar & Lucenzo, Nov. 13, 2010
15, "Rompe," Daddy Yankee, Dec. 10, 2005