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.