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‘Despacito’ is Second Song Ever to Lead Hot 100 for at Least 15 Weeks

With a 15th week at No. 1, Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee's smash, featuring Justin Bieber, moves to within a week of tying the record for the most time spent on top.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, becomes just the second single to reign for at least 15 weeks in the 59-year history of the Billboard Hot 100, as it leads the list (dated Sept. 2) for a 15th frame. Only Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men‘s “One Sweet Day” has spent more time at No. 1: 16 weeks, in 1995-96.

“Despacito” can additionally now boast the honor of the longest-leading Hot 100 No. 1 of the 21st century, as it passes three other singles that each ruled for 14 weeks since 2000 (see list, below).


“Despacito” further claims the longest run at No. 1 for a primarily non-English language hit all to itself, eclipsing (to use the word of the day) the 14-week rule of Los Del Rio‘s “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” in 1996. “Despacito” additionally rewrites the mark for the longest stay atop the Streaming Songs chart: also 15 weeks.

Beyond “Despacito,” Cardi B bounds from No. 8 to No. 3 on the Hot 100 with her debut hit “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” and Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You” ties the record for the most weeks (32) spent in the top 10.

As we do each Monday, let’s run down the top 10 of the Hot 100, which blends all-genre streaming, airplay and sales data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Aug. 22), as they do every Tuesday.

“Despacito” (released on Universal Music Latino / Raymond Braun / SchoolBoy / Def Jam / UMLE / Republic Records) moves into sole possession of the second-most weeks at No. 1, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception:

The Longest-Leading Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s 
Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1
16, “One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, Dec. 2, 1995
15 (to date), “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, May 27, 2017
14, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, Jan. 17, 2015
14, “I Gotta Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas, July 11, 2009
14, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey, June 4, 2005
14, “Candle in the Wind 1997″/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” Elton John, Oct. 11, 1997
14, “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),” Los Del Rio, Aug. 3, 1996
14, “I’ll Make Love to You,” Boyz II Men, Aug. 27, 1994
14, “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston, Nov. 28, 1992

“Despacito” extends its record domination on the Digital Song Sales chart to 16 weeks at No. 1, with 83,000 downloads sold (up 2 percent) in the week ending Aug. 17, according to Nielsen Music. It additionally leads the Streaming Songs chart for a record-breaking 15th week, with 46.4 million U.S. streams (down 6 percent) in the week ending Aug. 17. It surpasses the 14-week reign of Desiigner‘s “Panda” in 2016. So, “Despacito,” on its way to 15 weeks and counting atop the Hot 100, has set the marks for the most weeks at No. 1 on both the Digital Song Sales and Streaming Songs charts.

On Radio Songs, “Despacito” falls 2-5 after five weeks on top with 120 million in all-format airplay audience (down 11 percent) in the week ending Aug. 20.

“Despacito” tallies a 29th week atop the Hot Latin Songs chart and extends its reign on the Songs of the Summer survey to 12 weeks, having led the latter list each week since its annual return after Memorial Day (and having topped every Hot 100 and Songs of the Summer chart dated in June, July and August).


DJ Khaled‘s “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, holds at its No. 2 Hot 100 peak for a sixth week, as it tops Radio Songs (138 million, up 2 percent) for a second week. Aided by a 69-cent iTunes sale price, the track surges 10-2 (returning to its peak) on Digital Song Sales (70,000, up 126 percent). On Streaming Songs, it holds at No. 4 (33.4 million, up 1 percent).

The weekly question again: Does “Thoughts” have a realistic chance of dethroning “Despacito” atop the Hot 100 next week, keeping the latter from tying the longevity record set by “One Sweet Day”? Notably, the lead for “Despacito” over “Thoughts” shrinks significantly this week: “Despacito” declines by 6 percent in overall activity and “Thoughts” gains by 15 percent. “Despacito” is up by 1.19-to-1 in chart points over “Thoughts,” a noticeably tighter gap than last week (1.46-to-1); it’s also the smallest lead for “Despacito” over the chart’s No. 2 title since its second week at No. 1.

Put another way: if “Despacito” were to lose the same amount of Hot 100 points next week as it did this week and if “Thoughts” were to repeat its points gain from this week, “Thoughts” would narrowly overtake “Despacito,” a week shy of the latter tying the No. 1 longevity record. However, “Thoughts” benefited from its sales discount on this week’s chart, and, while it’s still marked down to 69 cents in the iTunes Store, it may not make the same week-over-week surge, to be reflected on next week’s charts, given that it’s already been discounted. Plus, while the original version of “Despacito” was already on sale for 69 cents, the Bieber remix is now, as well, which could help bolster its sales total on next week’s charts.

Additionally in play for next week: Bieber & BloodPop’s new single “Friends.” Following its midday release last Thursday (Aug. 17), it bows at No. 31 on Digital Song Sales (16,000 sold in less than a day). After its first full week of tracking, it should make a noteworthy arrival on next week’s Hot 100 (dated Sept. 9). (Also rumored: a potential new Taylor Swift single.)

Over on Billboard‘s Hot R&B Songs chart, “Thoughts” tallies a seventh week at No. 1. It rules Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for a sixth frame.


Bronx rapper and former cast member of VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop: New York Cardi B blasts 8-3 on the Hot 100 with her breakthrough hit, “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves).” She’s the first female rapper to reach the top three with a debut entry since Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, reigned for seven weeks in 2014. “Yellow” is additionally the highest-charting hit by a female rapper unaccompanied by another artist since Nicki Minaj‘s “Anaconda” (No. 2, 2014).

Also notably, “Yellow” is the first song by a woman unaccompanied by another artist to reach the Hot 100’s top three in 2017. It’s the first such hit in more than a year, since Meghan Trainor‘s “No” peaked at No. 3 for two weeks in April 2016. Only one other song solely by one woman spent time in the top three in 2016: Adele‘s “Hello,” which wrapped its 10-week run at No. 1 on the Jan. 16-dated chart. Those totals are down from three top-three Hot 100 hits credited to just one woman in 2015; four in 2014; six in 2013; and a far loftier 12 in 2012.

Streaming is heavily driving “Yellow” on the Hot 100, as it bullets at No. 2 on Streaming Songs for a second week (36.2 million, up 15 percent). It jumps 15-12 on Digital Song Sales (29,000, up 23 percent) and 36-28 on Radio Songs (up 30 percent to 41 million, good for the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award).

On Hot Rap Songs, Cardi B celebrates her first No. 1, as “Yellow” rises from No. 2.

Rounding out the Hot 100’s top five, French Montana‘s “Unforgettable,” featuring Swae Lee, drops a spot to No. 4 from its No. 3 high and Imagine Dragons‘ “Believer” likewise retreats a rung to No. 5 from its No. 4 peak, while ruling the Hot Rock Songs chart for a 24th week.

Charlie Puth‘s first top five Hot 100 hit as a lead artist, “Attention,” slips to No. 6 from its No. 5 high; Shawn Mendes‘ “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” backtracks to No. 7 from its No. 6 peak; and Bruno Mars‘ “That’s What I Like” descends 7-8 after topping the May 13-dated Hot 100.

As it holds at No. 9 on the Hot 100, Sheeran’s former 12-week No. 1 “Shape of You” ties the record for the most weeks spent in the top 10: 32. Here’s an updated look at the leaders:

Most Weeks in Hot 100’s Top 10
Weeks in Top 10, Title, Artist, Peak Pos./Date
32, “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran, No. 1 (12 weeks), Jan. 28, 2017
32, “Closer,” The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, No. 1 (12 weeks), Sept. 3, 2016
32, “How Do I Live,” LeAnn Rimes, No. 2, Dec. 13, 1997
31, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, No. 1 (14 weeks), Jan. 17, 2015
30, “Smooth,” Santana feat. Rob Thomas, No. 1 (12 weeks), Oct. 23, 1999

“Closer” equaled “How Do I Live” for the mark on the March 25-dated Hot 100. Both “Shape” and “Closer” matched the record by spending their first 32 weeks on the Hot 100 in the top 10; “Shape” debuted atop the chart dated Jan. 28 and has yet to depart the bracket.

(Looking ahead, the next single from Sheeran’s album ÷ (Divide) will be ballad “Perfect,” which is beginning to draw adult pop radio play. Second single “Castle on the Hill” debuted and peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100, the same week that “Shape” entered the chart at No. 1.)

Closing out the Hot 100’s top 10, Sam Hunt‘s “Body Like a Back Road” rebounds 11-10 after peaking at No. 6 in April. It rules the Hot Country Songs chart for a record-extending 28th week.

Find out more Hot 100 news in the weekly “Hot 100 Chart Moves” column and by listening (and subscribing) to Billboard‘s Chart Beat Podcast and Pop Shop Podcast, all posting this week. And again, be sure to visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Aug. 22), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh. The Hot 100 and other charts will also appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine, on sale Friday (Aug. 25).