I find it interesting how "#1 hit song" is such a relative thing.. #1 compared to all of the other songs that happened to be on the chart at the same time. How many songs would have been a #1 if they'd come out earlier or later, and didn't have to compete with Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, or Lil Nas X?
Seriously, Lil Nas X f/Billy Ray Cyrus "Old Town Road" holds the record for number of weeks at #1, at 18. (19 if you count the version without Billy Ray starting the streak.)
The top-streak holders are dominated by songs released since 2000... I wonder how much that has to do with the shift from radio play and physical sales to counting YouTube views of videos and the like. Does the viral nature of the Internet change how "popularity" works? Or is it how they're measuring "popularity?"
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