On this week’s Hot 100 chart, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) scores its 19th week at No. 1, extending the record it set two weeks ago as the longest-leading No. 1 in the chart’s history. “Old Town Road” reached the summit way back in the chart week dated Apr. 13 — a time so long ago, the way of the world back then is starting to get a little hazy.
From Jonas Brothers‘ reunion to the final season premiere of Game of Thrones, here are 10 cultural events to put into perspective just how long “Old Town Road” has topped the charts.
Before “Old Town Road” was No.1…
The Jonas Brothers’ comeback had just happened
“Sucker,” which announced the surprise return of the JoBros, was barely a month old by the time “Old Town Road” hit No. 1, and their comeback album Happiness Begins was still two months away from its June release. Now, they’re in the midst of their Happiness Begins tour and just received The Decade Award at this year’s Teen Choice Awards on Sunday (Aug. 11).
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— Jonas Brothers (@jonasbrothers) February 28, 2019
WHAT. A. NIGHT. Thank you @TeenChoiceFOX for the decade award tonight and for all of your support over the years. Huge shoutout to @jackblack for presenting us with this award tonight & finally an ENORMOUS thank you to all the fans. We couldn’t do any of this without you —-??—-??—-?? pic.twitter.com/qIvEwsvyJj
— Jonas Brothers (@jonasbrothers) August 12, 2019
Billie Eilish had just dropped her debut album
Billie Eilish released her first full-length, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? on March 29. Nearly five months later, Eilish is still trailing Lil Nas X on the Hot 100 with “Bad Guy,” having held the No. 2 spot for nine total weeks.
Robert Mueller had recently delivered his report
The report on U.S.-Russia interference was submitted on March 22, although the redacted version would not be publicly released until April 18, which was after “Old Town Road” had already hit No. 1.
Shazam! was ruling the box office
Also in theaters right before “Old Town Road’s” reign began: the remake of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo and Us, Jordan Peele’s horror smash.
Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were newly facing heat in the college admissions scandal
On April 9, new charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering were brought against 16 parents involved in the college admissions scandal, including actresses Loughlin and Huffman. Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pled not guilty to the charges and are scheduled to appear in court Aug. 27. Huffman pled guilty and will receive her sentencing in court Sep.13.
Coachella 2019 was kicking off
The NBA playoffs were about to start
April 13 marked the first games of the 2019 NBA playoffs, including the Orlando Magic’s stunning defeat of the Toronto Raptors, giving hope to a major first-round upset… which was quickly extinguished, and the Raptors ended up winning their first championship a little less than two months later.
BTS were about to make their SNL debut
The K-pop phenoms took on Saturday Night Live on April 13, performing “Boy with Luv” and “Mic Drop,” in celebration of their Map of the Soul: Persona release. The group has since announced an extended hiatus… all while “Old Town Road” has remained at No. 1.
The final season of Game of Thrones had not yet started
Before “Old Town Road” had hit No. 1, GoT fans around the world were anxiously awaiting the final season, which kicked off on Apr. 14. Who will end up on the Iron Throne? Can anyone take down the Night King? Back then, we were all still in the dark.
Avengers: Endgame was still weeks away
The incredibly hyped-up finale to the Avengers saga didn’t hit theaters until April 26… and “Old Town Road” is still at No.1 as the film becomes available on Blu-Ray on Tuesday (Aug. 13).
— The Avengers (@Avengers) August 12, 2019