Lil Nas X has landed himself in the records books for the longest consecutive run in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for an impressive 17th week.
The rapper’s “Old Town Road” has broken a 16-week tie with Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men‘s “One Sweet Day” and Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” which also featured Justin Bieber.
The iconic Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men collaboration began its run atop the chart in December 1995 until March 1996.
In 2017, Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” tied with “One Sweet Day” for most weeks at No. 1, however, it didn’t break the record as the song was unseated by Taylor Swift‘s “Look What You Made Me Do.”
Lil Nas X’s track became a viral hit upon its release earlier this year and it went on to become a smash when Billy Ray Cyrus added his voice to one of several remixes.
After attaining this achievement, Lil Nas X tweeted saying, “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” got off to a rocky start earlier this year, steeped in controversy regarding whether it was more of a country song or a hip-hop song.
Billboard removed the song from its Country chart and in a statement said, “It does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version.”
Responding to Billboard, Lil Nas X went back to the drawing board and added country musician Billy Ray Cyrus to the track. It later catapulted to No. 1, where it’s been since mid-April and served as Cyrus’s second No. 1 song since 1990’s “Achy Breaky Heart.”
More remixes came after that one, including a version with Young Thug and viral sensation Mason Ramsey, as well as another featuring RM of the K-pop group BTS.