Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Breaks Record for Longest Stay Atop Streaming Songs Chart

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The record-breaking week comes at the same time as the song’s historic 17th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, doesn’t just break the record for most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the Aug. 3-dated chart (17!); it’s also the longest leader of all time on the Streaming Songs chart.

“Old Town Road” nabs a 17th week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs tally dated Aug. 3, accruing 72.5 million streams in the July 19-25 tracking week, according to Nielsen Music.

With 17 weeks atop the ranking -- all consecutive -- “Old Town Road” unseats “Despacito,” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, featuring Justin Bieber, and takes sole possession of the distinction of the longest leader in the history of Streaming Songs, which began in 2013.

“Despacito” ruled Streaming Songs for 16 weeks, beginning on the May 27, 2017-dated list, also all consecutive.

Most Weeks at No. 1, Streaming Songs

17, “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus (2019)
16, “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber (2017)
14, “Rockstar,” Post Malone feat. 21 Savage (2017-2018)
14, “Panda,” Desiigner (2016)
13, “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX (2014)
13, “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus (2013-2014)
12, “Closer,” The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey (2016)
12, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars (2015)
11, “God’s Plan,” Drake (2018)
11, “We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus (2013)

Like “Despacito,” “Old Town Road” is the first appearance on Streaming Songs for one of its artists -- in this case Lil Nas X, as Cyrus previously appeared on the tally in 2014 as part of Buck 22’s “Achy Breaky 2.” (“Despacito” was Fonsi’s first, and to date only, Streaming Songs appearance, and it was Daddy Yankee’s first as well, though he’s since charted three more times.)

Lil Nas X has since managed two more Streaming Songs titles: “Panini” (No. 5, July 6) and “Rodeo” (No. 13, July 6). Those songs sit at Nos. 13 and 46, respectively, on the Aug. 3-dated list.

“Old Town Road” concurrently lands at No. 1 on the On-Demand Streaming Songs ranking, which measures on-demand audio streams only. That’s its 16th week atop the list, one away from tying the all-time record held by “Rockstar” at 17 weeks. In all, 25.7 million of its 72.5 million streams overall came from on-demand audio sources.