There’s just no stopping “Despacito.” The Spanish-language crossover hit single by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber just reached its 14th straight week on top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. That ties it as the second-longest-running number-one single in the history of the chart. Now they’re two weeks away from catching Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, who spent 16 weeks on top from 1995 to 1996 with their classic collaboration “One Sweet Day.” But several others have tried and failed to take Mariah’s crown.
When “One Sweet Day” had its 16-week reign, it broke the 14-week record that at the time was shared by Whitney Houston (“I Will Always Love You”) and Boyz II Men (“I’ll Make Love to You”). But since then five songs have tried and failed to break that “Sweet” record: Los Del Rio (“Macarena,” 1996), Elton John (“Candle in the Wind”/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” 1997), Mariah Carey again (“We Belong Together,” 2005), the Black Eyed Peas (“I Gotta Feeling,” 2009), and Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars (“Uptown Funk,” 2015) all came close, but all stalled out at 14 weeks.
Now “Despacito” is the latest to reach the 14-week milestone, but will it be cursed to fall short of 15, just like all the others? “Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled, Rihanna, and Bryson Tiller is waiting in the wings, spending its fifth week in the runner-up position. Holding steady at number-three this week is “Unforgettable” by French Montana featuring Swae Lee.