Lil Nas X‘s viral hit “Old Town Road” just eclipsed Billboard’s record for most weeks at No. 1 as his single spends its 17th week atop the coveted Hot 100 chart.
In celebration, Nas X took to Twitter to voice his excitement with a quick “YEEE TF HAWWW,” before posting a formal “thank you” to all of his fans who helped him accomplish the incredible feat. See the clip here.
— nope (@LilNasX) July 29, 2019
The Columbia Records-released track that’s achieved the lion’s share of its success through audio streaming, was originally a solo production, but went viral after Lil Nas X added Billy Ray Cyrus to the equation. Since then, Diplo, Young Thug, Mason Ramsey and BTS have put their own spins on the collaboration. As Billboard counts the original song and its remixes as one when calculating chart positions, every alternate version has helped “Old Town Road” stay on top.
Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” previously set the record in 1996 — with the only “Despacito,” coming in a near second when it tied the 16-week record in 2017. The “Always Be My Baby” singer also took to social media to show her appreciation and pass the torch.
Sending love & congrats to @LilNasX on breaking one of the longest running records in music history! We’ve been blessed to hold this record with a song that means a great deal to @BoyzIIMen and myself and has touched so many. Keep living your best life! ❤ pic.twitter.com/3YorLCg3lx
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) July 30, 2019