‘Despacito’ is Second Song Ever to Lead Hot 100 for at Least 15 Weeks

With a 15th week at No. 1, Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s smash, featuring Justin Bieber, moves to within a week of tying the record for the most time spent on top.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, becomes just the second single to reign for at least 15 weeks in the 59-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 as it leads the list for a 15th week (and counting). Only Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” has spent more time at No. 1: 16 weeks, in 1995-96.

“Despacito” can additionally now boast the honor of the longest-leading Hot 100 No. 1 of the 21st century, as it passes three other singles that each ruled for 14 weeks since 2000.

“Despacito” further claims the longest run at No. 1 for a primarily non-English language hit all to itself, eclipsing (to use the word of the day) the 14-week rule of Los Del Rio’s “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” in 1996. “Despacito” additionally rewrites the mark for the longest stay atop the Streaming Charts

“Despacito” (released on Universal Music Latino / Raymond Braun / SchoolBoy / Def Jam / UMLE / Republic Records) moves into sole possession of the second-most weeks at No. 1, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception:

The Longest-Leading Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s 
Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1
16, “One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, Dec. 2, 1995
15  “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, May 27, 2017
14, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, Jan. 17, 2015
14, “I Gotta Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas, July 11, 2009
14, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey, June 4, 2005
14, “Candle in the Wind 1997″/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” Elton John, Oct. 11, 1997
14, “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),” Los Del Rio, Aug. 3, 1996
14, “I’ll Make Love to You,” Boyz II Men, Aug. 27, 1994
14, “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston, Nov. 28, 1992

Guess it does have the right to be on repeat 24/7 then?

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