The Weeknd ‘Blinding Lights’ Becomes 1st Song in History to Spend Whole Year in Top 10

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The Weeknd and his success continues to blaze paths as he makes history as becoming the first artist to have a song inside the top 10 of Billboard Hot 100 for a whole year.

It’s been 52 total weeks since “Blinding Lights” has been in the top 10 making it the longest running top 10 hit. It topples the previous record set by Post Malone’s ‘Circles’ which ran for 39 weeks.

‘Blinding Lights’ hit top 10 of Billboard Hot 100 for the first time at no. 10 on the February 29, 2020 chart, eventually reaching No. 1 in April where it stayed for four weeks.

The single dropped out the top 10 for a brief period in December last year but rebounded in light of the GRAMMYs snub, the greatest hits album The Highlights, and his Super Bowl halftime performance.

The song jumped from #5 to #3 on this week’s Hot 100 chart and also breaks the record for most weeks spent inside top 5 at 43 weeks. It beats previous record by Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ and Chainsmokers and Halsey ‘Closer’ which had ran for 27 weeks.

Most Weeks in Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10 List:

52, “Blinding Lights,” The Weeknd, 2020-21
39, “Circles,” Post Malone, 2019-20
33, “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse),” Post Malone & Swae Lee, 2018-19
33, “Girls Like You,” Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B, 2018-19
33, “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran, 2017
32, “Sicko Mode,” Travis Scott, 2018-19
32, “Closer,” The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, 2016-17
32, “How Do I Live,” LeAnn Rimes, 1997-98
31, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, 2014-15
30, “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish, 2019
30, “Smooth,” Santana feat. Rob Thomas, 1999-2000