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'Despacito' is Second Song Ever to Lead Hot 100 for at Least 15 Weeks

With a 15th week at No. 1, Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s smash, featuring Justin Bieber, moves to within a week of tying the record for the most time spent on top.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, becomes just the second single to reign for at least 15 weeks in the 59-year history of the Billboard Hot 100, as it leads the list (dated Sept. 2) for a 15th frame. Only Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” has spent more time at No. 1: 16 weeks, in 1995-96.

“Despacito” can additionally now boast the honor of the longest-leading Hot 100 No. 1 of the 21st century, as it passes three other singles that each ruled for 14 weeks since 2000 (see list, below).

“Despacito” further claims the longest run at No. 1 for a primarily non-English language hit all to itself, eclipsing (to use the word of the day) the 14-week rule of Los Del Rio’s “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” in 1996. “Despacito” additionally rewrites the mark for the longest stay atop the Streaming Songs chart: also 15 weeks.

“Despacito” (released on Universal Music Latino / Raymond Braun / SchoolBoy / Def Jam / UMLE / Republic Records) moves into sole possession of the second-most weeks at No. 1, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception:

The Longest-Leading Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s
Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1
16, “One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, Dec. 2, 1995
15 (to date), “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, May 27, 2017
14, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, Jan. 17, 2015
14, “I Gotta Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas, July 11, 2009
14, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey, June 4, 2005
14, “Candle in the Wind 1997”/“Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” Elton John, Oct. 11, 1997
14, “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),” Los Del Rio, Aug. 3, 1996
14, “I’ll Make Love to You,” Boyz II Men, Aug. 27, 1994
14, “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston, Nov. 28, 1992

“Despacito” extends its record domination on the Digital Song Sales chart to 16 weeks at No. 1, with 83,000 downloads sold (up 2 percent) in the week ending Aug. 17, according to Nielsen Music. It additionally leads the Streaming Songs chart for a record-breaking 15th week, with 46.4 million U.S. streams (down 6 percent) in the week ending Aug. 17. It surpasses the 14-week reign of Desiigner’s “Panda” in 2016. So, “Despacito,” on its way to 15 weeks and counting atop the Hot 100, has set the marks for the most weeks at No. 1 on both the Digital Song Sales and Streaming Songs charts.

On Radio Songs, “Despacito” falls 2-5 after five weeks on top with 120 million in all-format airplay audience (down 11 percent) in the week ending Aug. 20.

“Despacito” tallies a 29th week atop the Hot Latin Songs chart and extends its reign on the Songs of the Summer survey to 12 weeks, having led the latter list each week since its annual return after Memorial Day (and having topped every Hot 100 and Songs of the Summer chart dated in June, July and August).

Source: Billboard

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'Despacito' is Second Song Ever to Lead Hot 100 for at Least 15 Weeks

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