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HORSE RACES

The following is a list of some of the biggest records of the year. It's also a list of some of the biggest acts in the music biz. But what unites these heavyweights is that none of them could dislodge Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" from the #1 spot on the Hot 100 chart. Below you'll see a chronicle of Nas' 17-week streak, as illustrated by the powerhouse cuts that couldn't take him out.

04/11   Post Malone, "Sunflower"
04/18   Post Malone, "Sunflower"
04/25   Post Malone, "Wow."
05/02   Post Malone, "Wow."
05/09   Taylor Swift, "Me!"
05/16   Shawn Mendes, "If I Can't Have You"
05/23   Ed Sheeran/Justin Bieber, "I Don't Care"
05/30   Ed Sheeran/Justin Bieber, "I Don't Care"
06/06   Billie Eilish, "bad guy"
06/13   Billie Eilish, "bad guy"
06/20   Billie Eilish, "bad guy"
06/27   Taylor Swift, "You Need To Calm Down"
07/04   Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello, "Señorita"
07/11   Billie Eilish, "bad guy"
07/18   Billie Eilish, "bad guy"
07/25   Billie Eilish, "bad guy"
08/02   Billie Eilish, "bad guy"

Next up to bat: Ariana Grande with "Boyfriend." The single is due to drop on 8/2, and should be the next big hitter to have a go at Lil Nas. Pass the popcorn.

 

 

 

 

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