Will “Despacito” dethrone “One Sweet Day” to become the longest-running No. 1 hit in Billboard chart history?
Could be. The Latin dance number from Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee with help from Justin Bieber has sat atop the Billboard Hot 100 for the past 15 weeks and when the new chart is issued Aug. 28, it could tie the 16-week-record Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men have held since 1995 with their ballad “One Sweet Day.”
“It’s been a huge surprise,” Fonsi said on “Good Morning America” recently. “I’m just so honored that the world has sort of connected to the song — a Spanish song. To see all these beautiful countries singing in Spanish, that to me is very powerful.”
“Despacito” — already YouTube’s most popular video ever, streamed more than 3 billion times — blends Latin rhythms, reggaeton, hip-hop and pop to create a rare multiformat smash that has lasted for nearly four months.
It has been holding off DJ Khaled and Rihanna’s “Wild Thoughts” for more than a month now, but last week, Khaled’s wild-wild-wild single pulled ahead of “Despacito” in terms of radio airplay. French Montana’s “Unforgettable” featuring Swae Lee and Imagine Dragons’ “Believer” are also within striking distance.
As far as “One Sweet Day,” Carey and Boyz II Men have often talked about how the song itself, an unexpected collaboration that happened because they had all been writing songs about personal losses separately, has been its own reward. “It’s another song that people always tell me — they always thank me for that collaboration and say that it helped them get through really tough times,” Greenlawn native Carey said on her YouTube channel.
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NO. 1 RUNS
16 WEEKS “One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men (1995)
15 WEEKS (to date) “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber (2017)
14 WEEKS “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars (2015); “I Gotta Feeling,” Black Eyed Peas (2009); “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey (2005); “Candle in the Wind 1997,” Elton John (1997); “Macarena,” Los Del Rio (1996); “I’ll Make Love to You,” Boyz II Men (1994); “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston (1992)