Lil nas x’s ‘old town road’ has galloped its way to chart-smashing history

It’s been a long journey, but it’s finally official: Lil Nas X‘s viral No. 1 single “Old Town Road” has entered a class all its own.

Last week, the tune tied the record for the longest-running No. 1 in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 since its inception over 60 years ago. Now, it’s become the stuff of pure legend. As of Monday (July 29), the song has spent 17 weeks atop the chart, meaning “Old Town Road” is officially the longest-running No. 1 song in history. Break out the square dancing and the banjos. It’s time to get down.

“Old Town Road” hit No. 1 in April once Lil Nas X’s version with Billy Ray Cyrus was released. Since then, it’s been the song, ruling atop the Billboard chart like a medieval king over his kingdom. It’s now surpassed the 2017 mega-hit “Despacito” by Luis FonsiDaddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber as well as “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men from 1995, both tracks that previously shared the designation with their 16-week reigns.

Lil Nas X took to Instagram to respond to his achievement with a long, characteristically emoji-filled post reflecting on the creation of the song and how he clicked on beat after beat on YouTube until he found the perfect mix of country and trap music to record to. He ended his post with by thanking you fans. “I am so thankful that this blessing has been placed upon me. This song has changed my life and the way I see the world around me in less than a year. Thank you to every single person who has been [a part] of this journey. As I said before, it’s just the beginning!” he wrote.

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last year in october 🎃 , as a struggling artist 🤦🏾‍♂️starting to lose faith in what i could be, i went looking for beats on youtube👨🏾‍💻. i remember clicking on so many generic sounding beats🥁😞trying to find the right one for me🤔. when suddenly i came across a country-trap 👨🏾‍🌾🏚sounding masterpiece🤩. i immediately knew i would make something special out of it🤯💭⚡️! my sister👩🏽 told me i had little time left ⏳before i had to leave her house 🏠 after being there for months📆 promoting my music🎶 online 🤳🏾and not helping🤷🏾‍♂️ her out much. i was so upset 😔! i used it as motivation for the song🎼! i jokingly/seriously saw myself as a loner 🚶🏾‍♂️ cowboy🤠 needing to 🏃🏾run away from it all🎭! I went out 👟👟 on my sister’s back porch 😶 and listened to the beat 🎧OVER 🔄& OVER 🔄& OVER🔄!! then it came to me😳!! in my best singing voice😮 i sung🎶 “YEAHHH IM GONNA TAKE MY HORSE🐎 TO THE OLD TOWN ROAD 🛣 IM GONNA RIDEEEE TIL I CANT NO MORE 😔😔” I LOVED IT ALREADY! i started to work on it👨🏾‍🎨 👉🏾EVERY SINGLE DAY👈🏾. it needed to be funny🤣, it needed to be catchy🤗🎵, it needed to be hip hop 🗣🔥, it needed to be country🐴🍺, & it needed to be short👌🏾!! by the time i was finished 😅 setting it up 💁🏾‍♂️ i was out of my sister’s crib🏡 and at my brothers 👨🏾‍🦱 place. on ☃️🌬december 2️⃣nd i went into the studio 🎤🎤🎼 & recorded OLD TOWN ROAD🐎🤩✨ & put it out the exact same 🗓day!! did i know it would become the longest running number 1️⃣ song of all time? 🤔NO! ‼️ but i am so thankful🙏🏾 that this blessing ✨ has been placed upon me🤠. this song has changed my life🤩🤩🤩 and the way i see the world🌎🌍around me🙋🏾‍♂️ in less than a year📈. thank you to every single person☝️ who has been apart of this journey🌄. as i said😯 before, it’s just the beginning! 🖤🤠🐎⚡️

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He also stepped off his horse long enough to take to his preferred platform Twitter, too, which was one of the main drivers of virality for the song itself.

The power of “Old Town Road” certainly seems like it won’t be diminishing any time soon. Lil Nas X recently released a new remix featuring BTS‘s RM and called “Seoul Town Road,” as well as the Young Thug, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Mason Ramsey remix from mid-July, which came with an apocalyptic Area 51 animation. The man knows how to meme.