Most weeks at No.1 in the USA (single)
Who
Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus
What
19 week(s)
Where
United States ()
When

The ‘country rap’ single “Old Town Road”, by Lil Nas X (USA, b. Montero Hill), spent 19 consecutive weeks at No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 between 13 April and 17 August 2019. For all but the first week of its record-shattering run at the top, country-music veteran Billy Ray Cyrus (USA) was credited as a featured artist on the official remix.


“Old Town Road” – the original version of which clocked in at just 1 min 53 sec – wiped “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men (16 weeks at No.1 from 2 December 1995 to 16 March 1996) and “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber (16 weeks at No.1 from 27 May to 9 September 2017) from the Hot 100 record books with its 19th week at No.1 on the chart dated 17 August 2019.

“Old Town Road” climbed from No.15 to No.1 on 13 April 2019, knocking Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” off the top spot. During its 19-week stay at No.1, “Old Town Road” kept eight different tracks at No.2: Post Malone’s “Sunflower” (13–20 April) and “Wow.” (27 April–4 May), Taylor Swift’s “ME!” (11 May) and “You Need to Calm Down” (29 June), Shawn Mendes’ “If I Can’t Have You” (18 May) and “Señorita” (6 July), Ed Sheeran’s “I Don’t Care” (25 May–1 June) and Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” (8–22 June & 13 July–17 August).

The official remix of “Old Town Road”, featuring Cyrus, attracted a record 143 million streams in its first full week of tracking (for the week ending 20 April 2019), smashing Drake’s previous record of 116 million with “In My Feelings”. “Road” posted 100-million-plus streaming weeks for each week at No.1 between 20 April and 15 June.

Several other remixes surfaced to maintain the track’s best-selling momentum, including a Diplo Remix and a Seoul Town Road Remix featuring RM (aka Kim Nam-joon) from the record-breaking South Korean boy band BTS.

The first Hot 100 chart was published by Billboard on 4 August 1958.