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The Chainsmokers’ ‘Closer’ Ties for Second-Longest No. 1 Run Atop Pop Songs Chart

The song, featuring Halsey, leads for an 11th week, the second-best reign in the chart's 24-year history & the longest since 2005.

The Chainsmokers‘ “Closer,” featuring Halsey, keeps getting closer to history on Billboard‘s Pop Songs radio airplay chart.

The track leads the list (dated Dec. 17) for an 11th week, tying for the second-longest rule since the Nielsen Music-powered tally launched in October 1992. It’s the longest command in nearly 12 years, since Nelly’s “Over and Over,” featuring Tim McGraw, also led for 11 weeks in November 2004 to January 2005.

The record holder for the most time spent atop Pop Songs remains Ace of Base’s “The Sign,” which logged 14 weeks at No. 1 in 1994.

Here is an updated look at the tracks to total the most weeks at No. 1 in the Pop Songs chart’s history:

Most Weeks at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Pop Songs Chart
Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1
14, “The Sign,” Ace of Base, Feb. 12, 1994
11, “Closer,” The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, Oct. 8, 2016
11, “Over and Over,” Nelly feat. Tim McGraw, Nov. 6, 2004
11, “Torn,” Natalie Imbruglia, April 25, 1998
11, “I Love You Always Forever,” Donna Lewis, Aug. 31, 1996
11, “One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, Dec. 9, 1995
10, “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke feat. T.I. + Pharrell, July 20, 2013
10, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey, July 2, 2005
10, “How You Remind Me,” Nickelback, Dec. 22, 2001
10, “Bye Bye Bye,” ‘N Sync, March 4, 2000
10, “My Heart Will Go On,” Celine Dion, Feb. 7, 1998
10, “Don’t Speak,” No Doubt, Dec. 14, 1996
10, “I Know,” Dionne Farris, April 1, 1995


“The song just has that monstrously mesmerizing and sticky hook that you know within seconds of the first listen,” Erik Bradley, music director and assistant program director of Pop Songs panelist WBBM Chicago, says of “Closer,” which topped the all-genre airplay/sales/streaming-based Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks — the longest command of 2016. It leads the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (dated Dec. 17) for a 16th week and the all-format Radio Songs list for a 10th frame.

“Simply put,” Bradley says, “It’s an obvious, all-out smash.”