“Despacito” is tied for longest #1 in chart history

The Spanish-language megahit surpasses another milestone in its endless summer reign.

August 31, 2017

Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and the Biebs’s reign as the undisputed summer anthem kings continues into September, and now “Despacito” has another accolade to add to its continually-growing list—the Spanish smash hit is now tied as the longest-running Billboard Hot 100 leader since the chart began in 1958, with an spectacular 16 weeks at No. 1.

Two weeks  ago, “Despacito” was part of an 8-way tie with the likes of Bruno Mars (“Uptown Funk”), Whitney Houston (“I Will Always Love You”), and the Song that Must Not Be Named for the #2 all-time spot. As of  this week, though, it’s now tied for #1, with Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s 1995 track “One Sweet Day”, which topped the hot 100 for 16 weeks in 1995-1996.

Naturally, “Despacito” is also dominating the Digital Song Sales chart, in which it’s spent 17 weeks at No. 1 and sold 80,000 downloads last week alone. The single additionally leads the Streaming Songs chart for a 16th week, with 44.6 million streams last week.

In short, the Summer of Despacito is showing no signs of ending any time soon. Will it officially become the longest-running #1 of all time next week? Possibly, but Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” may end its reign shortly, when it debuts on the charts next week.

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