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Lil Nas X and his track “Old Town Road” have made history by breaking the record for longest time spent at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

The record-breaking hit is a remix of the original version which went viral on TikTok earlier this year. The remix features country legend Billy Ray Cyrus and has spent 17 weeks atop the chart, a first in the Hot 100’s 60-year history.

The 16-week record was first set by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men with “One Sweet Day” in 1995. Since then, only Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Justin Bieber-featuring remix of “Despacito” clocked as many weeks.

As the news broke, Lil Nas X took to Twitter to share a celebratory “YEEE TF HAWWW,” as we all probably would, had we too been catapulted out of obscurity to smashing records held by industry icons.

“Old Town Road” currently has five official versions. Most recently, Lil Nas X dropped a version featuring RM from BTS titled “Seoul Town Road,” around the same time that Lil Wayne’s unofficial remix leaked online.

 

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