“Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus made history on the Billboard charts in 2019 by spending an unprecedented 19 weeks at number-one, but it’s not the biggest hit of the decade according to Billboard, which just listed its top 100 songs of the 2010s. That would be “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. Watch their whole countdown above.
The record-breaking “‘Old Town Road” certainly did alright for itself, finishing seventh in Billboard’s rankings, while the second longest-running chart-topper of all time — 16-week number-one hit “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber — placed ninth. But Billboard didn’t calculate its chart based solely on the number of weeks in the top spot. They used an inverse point system that gave weeks at number-one the most points and gave fewer points to weeks spent in lower positions.
So while being at number-one for the longest time didn’t hurt, having the greatest longevity in the upper echelons was really the key to success. And that’s how they ended up with “Uptown Funk” at the top even though it spent “only” 14 weeks in the top spot. It was followed by LMFAO‘s ubiquitous dance song “Party Rock Anthem” in second place, Ed Sheeran‘s inescapable “Shape of You” in third, The Chainsmokers and Halsey‘s “Closer” in fourth, and Maroon 5 and Cardi B‘s “Girls Like You” rounding out the top five.
Among the other defining artists of the 2010s, Rihanna‘s top title was “We Found Love” at number-six. Adele peaked at number-10 with “Rolling in the Deep.” Drake‘s biggest hit was “God’s Plan” at number-19. Katy Perry‘s best showing was “Dark Horse” at number-26. Taylor Swift‘s most successful song was “Shake it Off” at number-34. And Ariana Grande made it as high as number-69 with “7 Rings.” Relive the whole decade yourself in 11 minutes with Billboard’s countdown, and then join the discussion on this and more with your fellow music fans here in our forums.
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