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Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Leads Billboard Hot 100 for 19th Week, Ariana Grande & Social House’s ‘Boyfriend’ Debuts in Top 10

Grande earns her 14th top 10 and 10th to debut in the region.

Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, extends its record domination atop the Billboard Hot 100, topping the chart for a 19th week.

Two weeks ago, “Road” rewrote the mark for the most time atop the tally, as, with a 17th frame at No. 1, it bested “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, featuring Justin Bieber, and “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, which ruled for 16 weeks each, in 2017 and 1995-96, respectively.

Elsewhere in the latest Hot 100’s top 10, Ariana Grande and Social House launch at No. 8 on the chart with “Boyfriend.”

Let’s run down the top 10 of the Hot 100 (dated Aug. 17), which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and digital sales data. All charts will update on tomorrow (Aug. 13).

With a 19th week atop the Hot 100 for “Old Town Road,” here’s a look at the 10 longest-leading No. 1s in the chart’s 61-year archives:

Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1
19, “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, April 13, 2019
16, “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, May 27, 2017
16, “One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, Dec. 2, 1995
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

As on the Hot 100, “Road” (on Columbia Records) leads the Streaming Songs chart for a record-padding 19th week, with 58.8 million U.S. streams, down 13%, in the week ending Aug. 8, according to Nielsen Music. “Road” set the record for the top streaming week (143 million) following the April 5 arrival of its remix solely with Cyrus (who has been billed on 18 of the song’s 19 weeks atop the Hot 100) and claims nine of the 11 biggest streaming frames to date, including the top three.


“Road” concurrently spends a 15th week atop the Digital Song Sales chart, with 34,000 downloads sold, down 28%, in the week ending Aug. 8. The track boasts the second-most weeks logged atop the list, trailing only “Despacito,” which ruled for 17 weeks. On Radio Songs, where it reached No. 2, “Road” falls 17-21, down 11% to 38.5 million audience impressions in the week ending Aug. 11.

Meanwhile, “Road” leads the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for a record-breaking 19th week each, breaking out of a tie for the longest command in the history of each ranking. On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the track bests the 18-week domination of Drake’s “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla, in 2016. On Hot Rap Songs, “Road” passes the 18-week rules of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” (2015-16); Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX (2014); and Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott’s “Hot Boyz,” featuring NAS, EVE and Q-Tip (1999-2000). (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs began as an all-encompassing genre chart in October 1958 and Hot Rap Songs launched in March 1989.)

“Road” additionally tops the Songs of the Summer chart for an 11th frame, having led the list each week since its annual return after Memorial Day.

Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” notches a ninth total week at its No. 2 Hot 100 high, as it rises 4-3 on Radio Songs (94.7 million, up 4%) and dips 2-4 on Streaming Songs (35.6 million, down 22%) and 5-7 on Digital Song Sales (18,000, down 11%).

Below “Road” the entire time that it has ranked at No. 2 on the Hot 100, “Bad Guy” is (as of now) just the fifth non-No. 1 in the chart’s history to peak at the runner-up spot for at least nine weeks, and is a week from potentially tying for the most time peaking at No. 2. Here’s a recap of the No. 2 hits to spend the most time at their highpoints:

Weeks Peaking at No. 2, Title, Artist, Peak Date
10, “Work It,” Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, Nov. 16, 2002
10, “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” Foreigner, Nov. 28, 1981
9, “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish, June 8, 2019
9, “You’re Still the One,” Shania Twain, May 2, 1998
9, “I Love You Always Forever,” Donna Lewis, Aug. 4, 1996


As for the continued Hot 100 rule of “Road,” it and “Bad Guy” decline by 15% and 12%, respectively, in overall metrics, as the former sports a nearly 1.2-to-1 points difference over the latter, essentially maintaining its margin of victory from last week.

Elsewhere, “Bad Guy” becomes Eilish’s first No. 1 on the mainstream top 40-based Pop Songs airplay chart, as it spends a second week atop Alternative Songs.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “Senorita” stays at No. 3 on the Hot 100, after debuting at its No. 2 high on the chart dated July 6; Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” is steady at its No. 4 best; and Khalid’s No. 3-peaking “Talk” keeps at No. 5, while leading Radio Songs for a ninth week (127.2 million, down 2%) and Hot R&B Songs for a 16th week.

Chris Brown’s “No Guidance,” featuring Drake, repeats at its No. 6 Hot 100 peak and Ed Sheeran and Bieber’s No. 2-peaking “I Don’t Care” is stationary at No. 7.

Ariana Grande and Social House soar onto the Hot 100 at No. 8 on the chart with “Boyfriend.” The collab begins at No. 2 on Digital Song Sales (31,000 sold, also good for a No. 1 bow, marking Grande’s sixth leader, on Pop Digital Song Sales); No. 7 on Streaming Songs (25.9 million U.S. streams); and No. 40 on Radio Songs (24.6 million in audience).

Grande achieves her 14th Hot 100 top 10, having nearly doubled her total in just over a year; “No Tears Left to Cry” debuted at its No. 3 peak on May 5, 2018, and “Boyfriend” marks her sixth top 10 since (a sum tied with Post Malone for second-best in that span, after Drake’s 13). She notched her first eight top 10s in 2013-16.

“Boyfriend” is additionally Grande’s 10th top 10 Hot 100 debut, making her the fifth artist to reach the milestone, after Drake (20), Taylor Swift (15), Eminem (12) and Lil Wayne (11).

Social House, the duo of Charles Anderson and Michael Foster, makes its first Hot 100 visit.

Meanwhile, the title “Boyfriend” hits the Hot 100’s top 10 for a second time. Bieber’s same-named song (but different composition) reached No. 2 in 2012.


Post Malone’s “Goodbyes,” featuring Young Thug, descends 8-9 on the Hot 100, after debuting at its No. 3 peak, while becoming Post Malone’s sixth Radio Songs top 10 and Young Thug’s second (13-10; 52 million, up 9%). Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Lil Tecca’s “Ran$om” spends a second week at its No. 10 high.

Find out more Hot 100 news on this week, and, for all chart news, you can listen (and subscribe) to Billboard‘s Chart Beat Podcast and Pop Shop Podcast and follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram. And again, be sure to visit tomorrow (Aug. 13), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.