The hit song “Despacito,” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber has hit number one on the Billboard charts for its 16th week, according to Billboard on Aug. 28. “Despacito” now matches the records held by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day.” These two songs are tied for the record the longest time at No. 1 in the Billboard chart’s 59-year history, according to Billboard.
“Despacito” is in its 30th week at the top of the Hot Latin Songs chart. The song has also reigned on the Songs of Summer chart for 13 weeks. It is the first mostly Spanish song to hit the top of the Hot 100 since 1996 when “Macarena” topped the charts in 1996. The Spanish track has become a worldwide success. The video is the first to hit over a billion views on YouTube, and has become the most streamed track of all time, according to CBS.
“One Sweet Day” topped the Billboard charts for 16 months in 1995-1996, and has held the record for 21 years. The song passed the Boyz II Men hit “I’ll Make Love to You,” which held the record for 14 weeks in 1994. Mariah Carey would have another No. 1 record-breaker in 2005, when “We Belong Together” topped the charts for 14 weeks.
Songs that have held the Billboard No. 1 spot for 14 weeks include” “Uptown Funk!” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars in 2015; “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas in 2009; “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey in 2005; “Candle in the Wind 1997”/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight” by Elton John in 1997; Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix” by Los Del Rio in 1996; “I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men in 1994; and “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston in 1992.
“Despacito” was a favorite to win the MTV Video Music Awards Song of the Summer honor, but the Moonperson went to Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Llif3.”