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Lauv’s ‘I Like Me Better’ & Dua Lipa’s ‘New Rules’ Set Longevity Records on Pop Songs Chart

Lauv's song reaches the top 10 in its 35th week, while Lipa's logs an unprecedented 42nd frame on the radio airplay survey.

Lauv and Dua Lipa each make history with long-running hits on Billboard‘s Pop Songs radio airplay chart.

(And, oddly enough, both hits simultaneously dethrone the same song for their respective record-breaking feats).


Lauv’s “I Like Me Better” completes the longest ascent to the tally’s top 10, rising from No. 11 to No. 10 in its 35th week on the chart (dated June 23). The single was released over a year ago and debuted on the chart dated Nov. 4, 2017. It surpasses the 31-week climb to the top 10 made by Edwin McCain‘s “I’ll Be” in 1998.

The Pop Songs chart, which launched on Oct. 3, 1992, measures total weekly plays, as tabulated by Nielsen Music, among its reporting panel of 160 mainstream top 40 stations.

Here’s a look at the titles to take the most time to reach the Pop Songs top 10:

Weeks to Top 10, Title, Artist, Date Reached Top 10, Peak Pos.
35 weeks, “I Like Me Better,” Lauv, June 23, 2018, No. 10 (to date)
31 weeks, “I’ll Be,” Edwin McCain, Oct. 17, 1998, No. 10
27 weeks, “Lights Down Low,” MAX feat. gnash, Feb. 3, 2018, No. 7
25 weeks, “All Time Low,” Jon Bellion, March 11, 2017, No. 10
25 weeks, “Sit Still, Look Pretty,” Daya, Oct. 15, 2016, No. 8
25 weeks, “Classic,” MKTO, July 12, 2014, No. 8

Perhaps unsurprisingly, of those six hits, all were either the first (as is the case with Lauv), second or third chart Pop Songs entries for each (lead) artist, with the acts’ relative unfamiliarity likely playing a part in the songs’ steady ascents.

Lauv boasts one additional top 10 as a co-writer and co-producer: Cheat Codes’ “No Promises,” featuring Demi Lovato, hit No. 7 in September 2017. He produced and co-wrote “Better.”


Meanwhile. Lipa’s “New Rules” breaks the record for the longest stay on Pop Songs, logging its 42nd week on the chart, as it dips 13-15. The single, which topped Pop Songs for four weeks in February, passes the 41-week run of, again, McCain’s “I’ll Be.”

Here’s a rundown of the longest-charting Pop Songs hits:

Weeks on Chart, Title, Artist, Peak Pos./Date
42 weeks, “New Rules,” Dua Lipa, No. 1 (four weeks), Feb. 3, 2018
41 weeks, “I’ll Be,” Edwin McCain, No. 10, Oct. 17, 1998
39 weeks, “Slide,” Goo Goo Dolls, No. 1 (two weeks), Feb. 6, 1999
39 weeks, “Iris,” Goo Goo Dolls, No. 1 (four weeks), July 25, 1998
39 weeks, “Another Night,” Real McCoy, No. 1 (six weeks), Nov. 26, 1994
38 weeks, “U + Ur Hand,” P!nk, No. 1 (four weeks), May 19, 2007
38 weeks, “Smooth,” Santana feat. Rob Thomas, No. 1 (eight weeks), Nov. 13, 1999
37 weeks, “Lights Down Low,” MAX feat. gnash, No. 7, March 10, 2018