Yesterday on Mediabase, "Eastside" by Benny Blanco, Khalid, and Halsey hit number one. Which means that it should hit number one on the 3/9 American Top 40. The song debuted on the 9/1/18 show which, if my calculations are correct, will mean it will take 28 weeks to hit number one after initially debuting. Unbelievable.
I know we have talked about it on this forum before, but I can't find the conversation. What songs have taken the longest time to hit number one? I know "Sad Eyes" is up there from the initial run of American Top 40 in 1979, along with other songs from late 79/early 80. But whether new show, old show, CT show...no song has come close to taking 28 weeks to reach the top, has it?
Last Edit: Feb 23, 2019 15:31:25 GMT -5 by woolebull
Oh, a side note: I had mentioned back in December that Ariana Grande had a chance to replace herself at number one. That never happened. But it looks like Halsey will do it if "Eastside" hits number one. She will be replacing herself as the current number one is her, "Without Me". This will only be the second time an artist on American Top 40 has ever done it as a main artist.
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Post by johnnywest on Feb 26, 2019 18:43:33 GMT -5
Although I don't have the numbers right in front of me, I'm pretty certain "Save Tonight" holds the previous record. A couple other semi-recent hits took their time climbing to #1, like "Love Lies," "New Rules," "Here," "Give Your Heart A Break" and "Scars To Your Beautiful."
Last Edit: Feb 26, 2019 18:44:04 GMT -5 by johnnywest
Ryan confirmed, albeit a week after "Eastside" went to number one, that it did set the record at 28 weeks. That's absolutely wild. It should be noted that while songs stay on much longer than they used to, what "Eastside" did was truly out of the ordinary. It spent more weeks going up the top 40 than any song in the 1980's actually spent in the top 40.