The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ Spends Record-Breaking 88th Week on Billboard Hot 100

Written by on August 17, 2021

It breaks out of a tie with Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive.”

The Weeknd‘s “Blinding Lights” logs a record-breaking 88th week on the Billboard Hot 100 (on the chart dated Aug. 21). It passes Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” which spent 87 weeks on the survey in 2012-14.

“Blinding Lights,” released on XO/Republic Records, debuted at No. 11 on the Hot 100 dated Dec. 14, 2019. The song, which ranks at No. 18 in its 88th week, hit No. 1 for its first of four weeks on top on the chart dated April 4, 2020. Over its run, it has rewritten the records for the most time spent in the Hot 100’s top five (43 weeks), top 10 (57 weeks), top 20 (79 weeks) and top 40 (84 weeks).

Here’s an updated look at the titles to tally the most time on the Hot 100, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception through the latest list, dated Aug. 21, 2021.

Most Weeks Spent on the Billboard Hot 100:
88 weeks, “Blinding Lights,” The Weeknd, No. 1 peak (four weeks), April 4, 2020 peak date
87 weeks, “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons, No. 3, July 6, 2013
79 weeks, “Sail,” AWOLNATION, No. 17, Oct. 12, 2013
76 weeks, “I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz, No. 6, Sept. 20, 2008
69 weeks, “How Do I Live,” LeAnn Rimes, No. 2, Dec. 13, 1997
68 weeks, “Counting Stars,” OneRepublic, No. 2, Jan. 18, 2014
68 weeks, “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock, No. 1 (six weeks), July 16, 2011
65 weeks, “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele, No. 1 (seven weeks), May 21, 2011
65 weeks, “You Were Meant for Me”/”Foolish Games,” Jewel, No. 2, April 19, 1997
64 weeks, “Before He Cheats,” Carrie Underwood, No. 8, June 2, 2007

“Blinding Lights,” which The Weeknd performed as the finale of his Super Bowl LV halftime show medley Feb. 7, is one of three Hot 100 No. 1s from his 2020 album After Hours.

After Hours was always meant to be a very personal project. It’s a story I had to tell,” The Weeknd told Billboard after “Blinding Lights” became the first (and, so far, only) song to spend a year in the Hot 100’s top 10. “The fact I’ve been able to tell it with the world listening is incredible.”

Meanwhile, The Weeknd adds his latest Hot 100 hit, as his new single “Take My Breath” launches at No. 6 on the Aug. 21 chart, arriving as his 13th top 10.

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