How Old Town Road Rode Into the History Books

A little history lesson for you...

July 22, 2019

A little history lesson for you...

Story from Detroit News:

"The success of Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" is so insanely improbable that in order to comprehend it, you have to take a step back and look at what's going on. 

Let's say that on New Year's Eve I would have pulled you aside and told you that this coming year, an unknown rapper would team up with Miley Cyrus' dad on a track that sampled Nine Inch Nails, and the song would go on to enjoy a record-smashing run at No. 1 on the pop charts. Hopefully you would have forcefully removed the champagne bottle from my grip and called me an Uber.

But here we are, and here's "Old Town Road." The country-trap ditty about finding freedom by escaping the everyday grind — clocking in at under two minutes for the original, just over two and-a-half minutes for the Billy Ray Cyrus-featuring remix — has been No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 list for 15 weeks. When the new chart is released Monday, it looks to repeat yet again, which would tie it for the longest run at No. 1 in Billboard history.

Only two other songs — Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" in 1995 and 1996, and Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber's "Despacito" in 2017 — have ruled the Hot 100 for 16 weeks. Lil Nas X and his growing posse of remix pals, which now includes Young Thug and viral yodeling Walmart kid, Mason Ramsey, look to not only join them but eclipse them, possibly making "Old Town Road" not only the biggest hit in Hot 100 history, but also its most unlikely. "

For the full story, please visit Detroit News!