Less than a year ago, nobody knew who Lil Nas X was, but now, his song "Old Town Road" has set the record for the longest time spent atop the Hot 100 singles chart. "Old Town Road" now has five official versions, the latest of which was released last week, likely in an attempt to push listening numbers up into a record-breaking week, the same tactic Lil Nas X employed the week prior, by dropping a Young Thug and Mason Ramsey remix.
In five days, the song racked up over 400 million streams on Spotify, the album version of the Billy Ray Cyrus remix has about 538 million, and likely was the glue holding "Old Town Road" in the chart's top slot. In an Instagram post, Lil Nas X posted a long reflective post with a series of photos tracking the song’s success, “Did I know it would become the longest-running number 1 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!” He looked back at how in October 2018, “starting to lose faith in what i could be, i went looking for beats on youtube.” He went on to describe working on the track "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!!"