After sitting atop the Billboard hot 100 charts for a smooth 17 weeks, “Old Town Road” just broke a major music record to become the longest-running no. 1 single on the charts.
The previous holder of the record was “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee Ft. Justin Beiber in 2017 and Mariah Carey and Boys II Men’s “One Sweet Day” back in 1995.
The 20-year-old rapper broke across genres and stepped totally out of his comfort zone for “Old Town Road” and the track was received with mixed emotions before it went viral. The song went through scrutiny regarding if it should be classified as hip-hop or country and shortly after Billboard pulled it off their country charts stating “It does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version.”
Lil Nas X didn’t take this lying down, he went straight back to the drawing board, roped in the “Achy Breaky Heart” sensation Billy Ray Cyrus and there was no looking back from there. The track soon catapulted to No. 1 where it stuck.
Speaking to Teen Vogue earlier around the track’s removal which triggered Nas to go harder he said, “I had this idea in mind at first, but then as I went on to think about it, I was like, Maybe because [the] country [music industry] is guarded. You can have your country song with trap elements, but if it’s by known country artists, then it’s allowed. A black guy who raps comes along, and he’s on top of the country chart, it’s like, ‘What the f*ck?’”
The young rapper seemed to see his achievement coming as he took to twitter a couple of days ago to ask his fans how he should celebrate this monumental moment.
what we doing to celebrate the billboard record when we break it y’all 🤨
— nope (@LilNasX) July 20, 2019
The track got its fair share of attention and the consequent remixes which added to its mega success. Mixes by Diplo, Young Thug and the viral Wallmart yodeling sensation Mason Ramsey, as well as another featuring RM of the K-pop group BTS, gave the track the needed massive boost as well. Since Billboard counts the streams and downloads from both official remixes and the original song in its chart calculations, these remixes played a pivotal role in the track breaking the record as well.
Here’s Lil Nas celebrating, country style.
YEEE TF HAWWW 🐎⚡️
— nope (@LilNasX) July 29, 2019