Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' Becomes The Longest-Running Number One Song In 'Billboard Hot 100' History
Lil Nas X managed to take the mantle from “Despacito” and Mariah Carey’s “One Sweet Day.”
July 29, 2019 at 8:27 pm
Lil Nas X has been on top of the world since his record-breaking hit "Old Town Road" took over the music charts after it was released in December.
The rap-country superstar is celebrating a new feat now that the single has spent a record 17 weeks at number 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. The previous record was 16 weeks and Lil Nas X has been vocal about urging his fans to keep the song at number 1.
wrote a long, emoji-filled Instagram post commemorating the feat and thanking all of his fans for endlessly streaming the song.
"Last year in October as a struggling artist starting to lose faith in what I could be, I went looking for beats on YouTube. I remember clicking on so many generic sounding beats trying to find the right one for me. When suddenly I came across a country-trap sounding masterpiece. I immediately knew i would make something special out of it!" he wrote.
"My sister told me I had little time left before I had to leave her house after being there for months promoting my music online and not helping her out much. I was so upset! I used it as motivation for the song! I jokingly/seriously saw myself as a loner cowboy needing to run away from it all! I went out on my sister’s back porch and listened to the beat over & over . &over !! then it came to me!! In my best singing voice I sung, 'Yeahhh I'm gonna take my horse to the old town road, I'm gonna ride til I can't no more!."
He spoke further about where he was when he wrote the song and how the song's success has changed his life.
"I loved it already! I started to work on it every single day. It needed to be funny, it needed to be catchy, it needed to be hip hop, it needed to be country, & it needed to be short!! By the time i was finished setting it up I was out of my sister’s crib and at my brothers place," he said.
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last year in october 🎃 , as a struggling artist 🤦🏾♂️starting to lose faith in what i could be, i went looking for beats on youtube👨🏾💻. i remember clicking on so many generic sounding beats🥁😞trying to find the right one for me🤔. when suddenly i came across a country-trap 👨🏾🌾🏚sounding masterpiece🤩. i immediately knew i would make something special out of it🤯💭⚡️! my sister👩🏽 told me i had little time left ⏳before i had to leave her house 🏠 after being there for months📆 promoting my music🎶 online 🤳🏾and not helping🤷🏾♂️ her out much. i was so upset 😔! i used it as motivation for the song🎼! i jokingly/seriously saw myself as a loner 🚶🏾♂️ cowboy🤠 needing to 🏃🏾run away from it all🎭! I went out 👟👟 on my sister’s back porch 😶 and listened to the beat 🎧OVER 🔄& OVER 🔄& OVER🔄!! then it came to me😳!! in my best singing voice😮 i sung🎶 “YEAHHH IM GONNA TAKE MY HORSE🐎 TO THE OLD TOWN ROAD 🛣 IM GONNA RIDEEEE TIL I CANT NO MORE 😔😔” I LOVED IT ALREADY! i started to work on it👨🏾🎨 👉🏾EVERY SINGLE DAY👈🏾. it needed to be funny🤣, it needed to be catchy🤗🎵, it needed to be hip hop 🗣🔥, it needed to be country🐴🍺, & it needed to be short👌🏾!! by the time i was finished 😅 setting it up 💁🏾♂️ i was out of my sister’s crib🏡 and at my brothers 👨🏾🦱 place. on ☃️🌬december 2️⃣nd i went into the studio 🎤🎤🎼 & recorded OLD TOWN ROAD🐎🤩✨ & put it out the exact same 🗓day!! did i know it would become the longest running number 1️⃣ song of all time? 🤔NO! ‼️ but i am so thankful🙏🏾 that this blessing ✨ has been placed upon me🤠. this song has changed my life🤩🤩🤩 and the way i see the world🌎🌍around me🙋🏾♂️ in less than a year📈. thank you to every single person☝️ who has been apart of this journey🌄. as i said😯 before, it’s just the beginning! 🖤🤠🐎⚡️
'Old Town Road' originally made it to number 1 on the Billboard charts in March after chart managers removed it from the Country Music charts. The decision caused a huge backlash from the music community and helped popularize the song even more.
It was given an extra boost when country music legend Billy Ray Cyrus hopped on the remix. Lil Nas X has since released a music video for the track and a number of remixes to keep it popular across the globe.
The previous 16-week record was held by both Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" as well as "Despacito" by Luis Fonis, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber.
"This song has changed my life and the way I see the world around me in less than a year. Thank you to every single person who has been apart of this journey," he said in his Instagram post.
"As I said before, it’s just the beginning!"