July 30, 2019 at 2:29 pm PDT | by Mariah Cooper
Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ breaks Billboard chart record

Lil Nas X. (Photo by DiFronzo via Wikimedia Commons)

Lil Nas X’s hit single “Old Town Road” is now the longest-running number-one single in the 61-year history of Billboard’s Hot 100.

“Old Town Road” has spent 17 weeks at number one outlasting “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boys II Men (1995-1996) and “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber (2017), which tied for the record at 16 weeks.

“YEEE TF HAWWW,” the out 20-year-old rapper tweeted.

Lil Nas X also posted a video celebrating the big news.

“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,” Lil Nas X says while “Old Town Road” plays in the background.

“Old Town Road,” which was originally a solo song, became a viral hit with people dancing to the song on social media upon its initial release. Billy Ray Cyrus was featured on a remix of the song followed by more remixes from Diplo, Young Thug, Mason Ramsey and RM of K-pop group BTS. Billboard calculated all of the remixes when determining the record.

Carey congratulated Lil Nas X on the achievement by posting a photo of herself “passing the torch” to him.

“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,” Carey wrote.

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