(Photo Credits: Screengrab from Mariah Carey’s Instagram Account)
By spending 17 consecutive weeks at the top spot, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus now officially holds the longest unbroken run at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. According to Billboard, this feat is a first in their 60-year old history.
“Old Town Road” eclipsed the previous record of Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” which had stayed at the number one spot for 16 weeks way back in 1995-96. Since then, only Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” which features Justin Bieber, had come so close to toppling “One Sweet Day” in 2017. “Despacito” ended up sharing the aforementioned Hot 100 Chart Record with “One Sweet Day.”
Lil Nas X took to Twitter to thank his fans for helping his song set a new record. He said, “I’m on the toilet right now, but I want to say thank you to every single person who has made this moment possible for me. We just broke the record for the longest-running No. 1 song of all-time.” He then played “Old Town Road” in the background and added, “Let’s go!”
Meanwhile, Mariah Carey sent Lil Nas X a congratulatory message on Instagram saying, “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! ❤” The short message came with an image of Carey literally passing a torch to the black gay country rapper.
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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! ❤ One Sweet Day will always hold a special place in my heart and I want to thank anyone who’s ever told me how this song has affected them and their loved ones.
Apart from the remix with Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road” has other official remixes with Diplo, Young Thug and Mason Ramsey, and RM of boyband BTS.
Without further ado, here is “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus.