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Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ Is Just 10th Single to Spend at Least Half a Year in Hot 100’s Top 10

With "Perfect" & "Shape of You," Sheeran is the only artist with two such smashes as a lead artist.

As previously reported, Childish Gambino‘s “This Is America” debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated May 19), marking his first No. 1.

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran makes history in the top 10, as his former six-week leader “Perfect” re-enters the tier, rebounding from No. 12 to No. 9. With the rise, the song spends its 26th total week in the top 10, becoming only the 10th single in the Hot 100’s 59-year history to log at least half a year in the bracket.

Plus, with Sheeran’s 2017 No. 1 “Shape of You” holding the record with 33 weeks in the Hot 100’s top 10, he is the only artist with two such long-lasting hits as a lead artist.


Here is a look at the 10 singles that have each spent at least 26 weeks, or a half-year, in the Hot 100’s top 10 (through the chart dated May 19):

Most Weeks in Hot 100’s Top 10
Weeks in Top 10, Title, Artist, Peak Pos., Peak Date
33, “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
29, “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, No. 1 (6 weeks), July 16, 2011
28, “That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars, No. 1 (1 week), May 13, 2017
28, “You Were Meant for Me”/”Foolish Games,” Jewel, No. 2, April 19, 1997
26, “Perfect,” Ed Sheeran, No. 1 (6 weeks), Dec. 23, 2017
26, “Truly Madly Deeply,” Savage Garden, No. 1 (2 weeks), Jan. 17, 1998

Meanwhile, Atlantic Records leads all labels with four songs on the list above: Sheeran’s two, Bruno Mars‘ “That’s What I Like” (with Mars joining Sheeran as the only acts with two entries each; one by Mars in a featured role) and Jewel‘s You Were Meant for Me”/”Foolish Games.”