Here Are the Hip-Hop Songs With the Longest No. 1 Streaks
Lil Nas X still reigns supreme. The country rap artist’s mega hit “Old Town Road” first skyrocketed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in late April and has held down its position ever since. After 16 weeks in the top spot, the “Panini” maker’s first hit has joined “Despacito,” the international hit from Luis Fonsi that features Daddy Yankee and was remixed by Justin Bieber, and somber mid-1990s Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men collaboration “One Sweet Day,” as the longest-running No. 1 songs of all time.
Not only a milestone for the young artist, his historic run has lead to the hip-hop and country mash-up becoming the longest-running No. 1 hip-hop track in the singles chart’s 61-year history. The platinum single, which is responsible for catapulting the Atlanta native into stardom, has also made noise on both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and the Hot Country Songs charts. Earlier this summer when “Old Town Road” entered its 10th week as the No. 1 song in the country, it achieved a feat so rare that less than 5 percent of the chart toppers throughout the history of the Hot 100 have been able to accomplish it.
The 20-year-old artist, who has collaborated with Billy Ray Cyrus, Cardi B and Young Thug is the latest rap star to have ascended to the peak position on the Billboard Hot 100 and made a home there. The shortlist of hip-hop artists who have locked in double-digit stays atop Billboard’s singles chart includes Drake, Kanye West, Eminem, Puff Daddy, Wiz Khalifa, The Black Eyed Peas and Flo Rida.
As Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” attempts to claim the title of the Billboard Hot 100’s sole longest-running No. 1 single ever, XXL takes a look at the hip-hop songs that have held down the No. 1 spot for the longest consecutive periods of time.