The four-minute ditty that Jason Mraz dubbed “his happy little hippie song” shattered a pretty serious record this week — at 70 weeks, it’s now the longest-running song on the Hot 100 chart in Billboard’s 51-year history. Suck it, LeAnn Rimes! Your 1998 monster ballad “How Do I Live” now takes sloppy seconds.
According to Reuters, it’s also the only track to reach No. 1 on each of the following four radio-based charts: Mainstream Top 40/Pop Songs, Adult Contemporary, Adult Top 40, and Triple A. It has also found its way to charts for Latin Pop(!) and Smooth Jazz, and debuts this week at Rhythmic. (Admits the singer: “Perhaps the song is genre-less. The first two and a half minutes have so little production you could almost classify it as spoken-word.”)
Reader, are you finding Mraz as m-rad as you did nearly one and a half years ago? Do you think it deserves to take the spot from LeAnn and other long-runners like Carrie Underwood (“Before He Cheats,” 64 weeks), Jewel (“Foolish Games/You Were Meant for Me,” 65 weeks), Lifehouse (“You and Me,” 62 weeks) and, Lord help us, Los del Rio (“Macarena,” 60 weeks)?
One more time, lest you have forgotten (or your copy got so hot that it melted), here it is:
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