For months, YoungBoy Never Broke Again has enjoyed his reign atop YouTube’s list of the strongest male artists in the world. He has absolutely dominated the category, which may be surprising if you’re unfamiliar with his online presence. YoungBoy has a cultlike following that religiously tunes in for his new releases, streaming them over and over from morning until night. He’s been the number one male artist on YouTube for weeks but even he couldn’t hold onto his spot because the owner of the most popular song in America has officially dethroned him.
He’s got the horses in the back and now, he’s got a whole bunch of fans on his track because Lil Nas X is the owner of the top spot on a list of the most streamed male artists on YouTube in the last seven days. “Old Town Road” has been a tremendous success, beginning as a meme before a layer of seriousness was added thro0ugh Billy Ray Cyrus’ remix. LNX enjoyed 48.6 million streams on the video platform while NBA YoungBoy followed with 46.1 million. Nipsey Hussle was close behind with so many of his fans revisiting his catalog after his death, clocking in 44.3 million streams. Behind him was Post Malone, Khalid, YNW Melly, Lil Baby, Kodak Black, Juice WRLD and Marshmello.
So far, Lil Nas X can be categorized as a one-hit-wonder but he has teased a flurry of other songs that have serious potential. None have the country crossover power that “Old Town Road” possesses though.