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Beating Imagine Dragons’ record 87 weeks, The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ is coming up to two years without leaving the Billboard Hot 100.
After hitting a record-breaking 88 consecutive weeks, Blinding Lights by The Weeknd becomes the longest-running song in the Billboard Hot 100. Imagine Dragons’ Radioactive previously held the record in 2012 – 2014.
Blinding Lights was released way in November 2019 on XO/Republic Records, debuting in the Hot 100 at number 11 on December 14th 2019. The track spent the first of its four weeks at number 1 in April 4th 2020. Today, in its 88th week, Blinding Lights sits at number 18, showing it’s here to stay. Along the way, The Weeknd broke several other records, such as the most time spent in the Hot 100’s top 5 (43 weeks), top 10 (57 weeks), top 20 (79 weeks) and top 40 (84 weeks).
Blinding Lights is one of three Hot 100 numbers 1s from The Weeknd’s 2020 album After Hours. After becoming the first song to spend a whole year in the Hot 100’s top 10, The Weeknd told Billboard: “After Hours was always meant to be a very personal project. It’s a story I had to tell. The fact I’ve been able to tell it with the world listening is incredible.”
Meanwhile, this week’s Hot 100 sees a new entry from The Weeknd’s new single Take My Breath, which debuted at number 6, becoming the artist’s 13th top 10 hit.
The Weeknd thanked fans in an Instagram post: