Since Ed Sheeran released lead single "Shape of You" from his album Divide in January, the song has had much success on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The track debuted at No. 1 on the chart becoming the 27th to do so in the history of the tally. The track remained the hottest song in the United States for 12 non-consecutive weeks, slipping out of the peak position for just one week. Since its arrival on the Hot 100, it has spent its life span in the top 5 thus far.
"Shape of You" does descend just one position to No. 5 on the chart but is now in its 20th week in that tier as reflected on the May 31 refresh. Sheeran now breaks the record for most weeks spent in the top 5 since its beginnings several months ago passing Justin Bieber's "Sorry" from 2015-2016 which spent 19 weeks in the top 5.
Three years prior to Bieber's "Sorry" was Maroon 5's "Payphone" in 2012 featuring Wiz Khalifa with 17 weeks. The track did not however reach No. 1 on the Hot 100 but peaked at No. 2. It had been another three years before that that a song dominated the top 5. In 2009, "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas also spent 17 weeks as one of the most popular songs in the country. In 1997-1998, Elton John's "Candle in the Wind"/"Something about the Way You Look Tonight" lasted 16 weeks while Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" held on for 17 weeks after spending 16 weeks at the top, the longest No. 1 in the Hot 100 history.
All of those songs but "Payphone" peaked at the top of the charts and all became significant hits for the artists.
On the April 4 update of the Hot 100, Sheeran's "Shape of You" became the 34th song to lead for 10 or more weeks on the chart.