HISTORY HAS BEEN MADE! The longest-running single in the US pop music history is Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road with Billy Ray Cyrus, according to Billboard!
The original version of Old Town Road didn’t get as much attention as the Billy Ray Cyrus’s version of Old Town Road.
The Billy Ray Cyrus version of Old Town Road has spent 17 weeks at Number 1 and 21 weeks on the chart in total.
Songs Old Town Road has beaten:
The song by Lil Nas X has recently passed out Despacito which was Number 1 for 16 weeks.
Lil Nas X has released a song called Panini for his new EP ‘7’.
Now, Old Town Road by Lil Nas X has beaten every single competitor off of the Billboard chart. It is still surprising to me how ‘Old Town Road’ has been able to claim the number one spot at 17 weeks!
Are the remixes of Old Town Road even done?
Here is the kicker. The funny thing is I’m not even sure if the remixes of Old Town Road are just done yet. There may be more coming down the pipe.
If there are more remixes down the pipeline, this track could stay at the Number 1 spot conceivably for a couple more weeks. I don’t even know if all the gas is yet out of the tank for Old Town Road!
The track is definitely not as virally popular as it once was when it initially came out.
But the thing is there is not really another song on the chart or coming up on the chart that has the potential to beat this song.
Which other singles can remove ‘Old Town Road’ from Number 1?
I had expected a major hit to climb up to the top of Billboard Top 100 from the new Ed Sheeran collaborative record. This is because there is some kind of catchy song in the album.
However, it would seem that the Sheeran and Bieber collaboration ‘I Don’t Care’ is at Number 6 right now. It seems the song has gone down from the chart a little bit.
But ‘I Don’t Care‘ did not claim the Number 1 spot and it is tumbling down. I am not surprised because the song is garbage.
Victory to Lil Nas X
But now, at the moment, Lil Nas X is a champion at Number 1. Old Town Road is significant for a few different reasons:
- Longest running Number 1 single
- A hip-hop song
- A hip-hop song fused with a country artist
- Made by a member of the LGBTQ community
I don’t know guys. It seems like a landmark moment to me.
Again, if he comes out with several more remixes of this track, it could stay there this high. This is because every time he drops a new remix, it seems to drive more interest back to the Billy Ray Cyrus version of the remix.
Future of the music industry
Look, make no mistake. Once this track dies out, it’s no longer relevant and nobody is listening to it as much as they used to, the record labels will take a HUGE hint from the success of Old Town Road.
We will get to see more of the unlikely genre crossovers and unlikely collaborations.
If the song gets popular in the future, we will get to hear remix after remix after remix trying to draw the popularity of the song out with a new version.
This is because it is pretty easy to remix a song these days. It is pretty easy to pay other collaborators to just take some studio time, lay down a verse, lay down an appearance and we get a new remix.
A personal take on the future of the music industry
Personally, I would not be surprised if going forward this is how we often see a lot of Number 1 treated by multiple versions of remixes.
I think Old Town Road owes its popularity to the incredible plug of the meme community. Lil Nas X is personally drawn into the present day meme culture.
By being able to resonate with that the listeners want, Lil Nas X has been able to create a Billboard history.
Lil Nas X has literally MEMED his way to the top. He is tightly plugged into the present meme culture, millennials, and zoomer humor.
The dude seems to understand what his audience, as well as the potential listeners, want. As a result, he has marketed his music incredibly effectively.
What are your thoughts?
Read “Old Town Road (Remix)” by Lil Nas X on Genius
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