The team behind Latin sensation “Despacito” should savor every moment of its unprecedented success slowly.
On Monday, the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee track featuring Justin Bieber entered its 16th week at No. 1, tying the record for the longest run in the top spot in the history of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. “Despacito” now ranks alongside Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day,” which dominated the charts for 16 weeks after its Nov. 1995 debut.
The record-making run dates back to the inception of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1958, and the Carey and Boyz II Men record-holder has stood atop the competition for 21-and-a-half years. The most recent single that tried to topple the record was Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk!” — it fell short, racking up 14 weeks in the top spot, a number matched by The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling,” Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together,” Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind 1997″/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” Los Del Rio’s “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),” Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love to You,” and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”
“Despacito” — which is also the most-watched YouTube video of all time — could be the one that finally surpasses “One Sweet Day,” though; the Latin ear-worm is holding strong across the board. It has remained No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart for a record 17 weeks, also topping the Streaming Songs chart for a record-extending 16th week. It has also remained atop the Hot Latin Songs chart for a jaw-dropping 30 weeks and has been on the Billboard “Songs of the Summer” survey for 13 weeks.
Newly-crowned MTV Artist of the Year Ed Sheeran broke a different record this week, as his single “Shape of You” has now claimed a spot in the Hot 100’s Top 10 for an unparalleled 33rd week.