Only 42 songs have stayed at No. 1 on the chart for 10 weeks or more — here they all are

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"We Belong Together," "Butter," and "Old Town Road."Mariah Carey/HYBE LABELS/Lil Nas X/YouTube
  • Only 4% of all No. 1 hits have managed to rule the Billboard Hot 100 for double-digit weeks.

  • Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" was the first to achieve the feat in 1977.

  • Most recently, "As It Was" by Harry Styles has claimed the top spot for 10 nonconsecutive weeks.

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1. "You Light Up My Life" by Debby Boone

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"You Light Up My Life" reached No. 1 on October 15, 1977.Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

"You Light Up My Life" was the first song in history to chart at No. 1 for 10 weeks.

The Hot 100 is widely considered the definitive all-genre singles chart in the US. In its 63-year history, over 1,000 songs have reached the coveted No. 1 spot, but far fewer have reigned long enough to hit the milestone of double-digit weeks — or, even more impressively, surpass it.

2. "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John

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"Physical" reached No. 1 on November 21, 1981.Olivia Newton-John/YouTube

"Physical" charted at No. 1 for 10 weeks.

3. "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men

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"End of the Road" reached No. 1 on August 15, 1992.Boyz II Men/YouTube

"End of the Road" charted at No. 1 for 13 weeks.

4. "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston

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"I Will Always Love You" reached No. 1 on November 28, 1992.Whitney Houston/YouTube

"I Will Always Love You" charted at No. 1 for 14 weeks.

5. "I Swear" by All-4-One

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"I Swear" reached No. 1 on May 21, 1994.All-4-One/YouTube

"I Swear" charted at No. 1 for 11 weeks.

5. "I'll Make Love to You" by Boyz II Men

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"I'll Make Love to You" reached No. 1 on August 27, 1994.Boyz II Men/YouTube

"I'll Make Love to You" charted at No. 1 for 14 weeks.

7. "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men

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"One Sweet Day" reached No. 1 on December 2, 1995.Mariah Carey/YouTube

"One Sweet Day" charted at No. 1 for 16 weeks.

8. "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" by Los Del Rio

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"Macarena" reached No. 1 on August 3, 1996.Los Del Rio/YouTube

"Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" charted at No. 1 for 14 weeks.

9. "Un-Break My Heart" by Toni Braxton

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"Un-Break My Heart" reached No. 1 on December 7, 1996.Toni Braxton/YouTube

"Un-Break My Heart" charted at No. 1 for 11 weeks.

10. "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112

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"I'll Be Missing You" reached No. 1 on June 14, 1997.Bad Boy Entertainment/YouTube

"I'll Be Missing You" charted at No. 1 for 11 weeks.

11. "Candle in the Wind 1997/Something About the Way You Look Tonight" by Elton John

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Elton John's famous tribute to Princess Diana reached No. 1 on October 11, 1997.Elton John/YouTube

"Candle in the Wind 1997/Something About the Way You Look Tonight" charted at No. 1 for 14 weeks.

12. "The Boy Is Mine" by Brandy and Monica

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"The Boy Is Mine" reached No. 1 on June 6, 1998.Brandy & Monica/YouTube

"The Boy Is Mine" charted at No. 1 for 13 weeks.

13. "Smooth" by Santana featuring Rob Thomas

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"Smooth" reached No. 1 on October 23, 1999.Santana/YouTube

"Smooth" charted at No. 1 for 12 weeks.

14. "Maria Maria" by Santana featuring The Product G&B

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"Maria Maria" reached No. 1 on April 8, 2000.Santana/YouTube

"Maria Maria" charted at No. 1 for 10 weeks.

15. "Independent Women, Pt. 1" by Destiny's Child

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"Independent Women, Pt. 1" reached No. 1 on November 18, 2000.Destiny's Child/YouTube

"Independent Women, Pt. 1" charted at No. 1 for 11 weeks.

16. "Foolish" by Ashanti

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"Foolish" reached No. 1 on April 20, 2002.Ashanti/YouTube

"Foolish" charted at No. 1 for 10 weeks.

17. "Dilemma" by Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland

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"Dilemma" reached No. 1 on August 17, 2002.Nelly/YouTube

"Dilemma" charted at No. 1 for 10 weeks.

18. "Lose Yourself" by Eminem

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"Lose Yourself" reached No. 1 on November 9, 2002.Eminem/YouTube

"Lose Yourself" charted at No. 1 for 12 weeks.

19. "Yeah!" by Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris

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"Yeah!" reached No. 1 on February 28, 2004.Usher/YouTube

"Yeah!" charted at No. 1 for 12 weeks.

20. "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey

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"We Belong Together" reached No. 1 on June 4, 2005.Mariah Carey/YouTube

"We Belong Together" charted at No. 1 for 14 weeks.

21. "Gold Digger" by Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx

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"Gold Digger" reached No. 1 on September 17, 2005.Kanye West/YouTube

"Gold Digger" charted at No. 1 for 10 weeks.

22. "Irreplaceable" by Beyonce

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"Irreplaceable" reached No. 1 on December 16, 2006.Beyoncé/YouTube

"Irreplaceable" charted at No. 1 for 10 weeks.

23. "Low" by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain

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"Low" reached No. 1 on January 5, 2008.Flo Rida/YouTube

"Low" charted at No. 1 for 10 weeks.

24. "Boom Boom Pow" by The Black Eyed Peas

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"Boom Boom Pow" reached No. 1 on April 18, 2009.The Black Eyed Peas/YouTube

"Boom Boom Pow" charted at No. 1 for 12 weeks.

25. "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas

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"I Gotta Feeling" reached No. 1 on July 11, 2009.The Black Eyed Peas/YouTube

"I Gotta Feeling" charted at No. 1 for 14 weeks.

26. "We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris

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"We Found Love" reached No. 1 on November 12, 2011.Rihanna/YouTube

"We Found Love" charted at No. 1 for 10 weeks.

27. "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell

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"Blurred Lines" reached No. 1 on June 22, 2013.Robin Thicke/YouTube

"Blurred Lines" charted at No. 1 for 12 weeks.

28. "Happy" by Pharrell Williams

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"Happy" reached No. 1 on March 8, 2014.Pharrell/YouTube

"Happy" charted at No. 1 for 10 weeks.

29. "Uptown Funk!" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

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"Uptown Funk!" reached No. 1 on January 17, 2015.Mark Ronson/YouTube

"Uptown Funk!" charted at No. 1 for 14 weeks.

30. "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth

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"See You Again" reached No. 1 on April 25, 2015.Wiz Khalifa/YouTube

"See You Again" charted at No. 1 for 12 weeks.

31. "Hello" by Adele

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"Hello" reached No. 1 on November 14, 2015.Adele/YouTube

"Hello" charted at No. 1 for 10 weeks.

32. "One Dance" by Drake featuring WizKid and Kyla

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"One Dance" reached No. 1 on April 23, 2016.Drake/YouTube

"One Dance" charted at No. 1 for 10 weeks.

33. "Closer" by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey

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"Closer" reached No. 1 on September 3, 2016.The Chainsmokers/YouTube

"Closer" charted at No. 1 for 12 weeks.

34. "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran

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"Shape of You" reached No. 1 on January 28, 2017.Ed Sheeran/YouTube

"Shape of You" charted at No. 1 for 12 weeks.

35. "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

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"Despacito" reached No. 1 on May 27, 2017.Luis Fonsi/YouTube

"Despacito" charted at No. 1 for 16 weeks.

36. "God's Plan" by Drake

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"God's Plan" reached No. 1 on February 3, 2018.Drake/YouTube

"God's Plan" charted at No. 1 for 11 weeks.

37. "In My Feelings" by Drake

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"In My Feelings" reached No. 1 on July 21, 2018.Drake/YouTube

"In My Feelings" charted at No. 1 for 10 weeks.

Drake has the most solo entries on this list, with three of the longest-running chart-toppers in history.

38. "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus

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"Old Town Road" reached No. 1 on April 13, 2019.Lil Nas X/YouTube

"Old Town Road" holds the record for the longest stretch at No. 1 with 19 weeks. It also became the fastest song in history to be certified diamond.

39. "The Box" by Roddy Ricch

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"The Box" reached No. 1 on January 18, 2020.Roddy Ricch/YouTube

"The Box" charted at No. 1 for 11 weeks.

40. "Butter" by BTS

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"Butter" reached No. 1 on the chart dated June 5, 2021.HYBE LABELS/YouTube

"Butter" charted at No. 1 for 10 nonconsecutive weeks.

41. "Easy On Me" by Adele

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"Easy On Me" reached No. 1 on the chart dated October 30, 2021.Adele/YouTube

"Easy On Me" charted at No. 1 for 10 nonconsecutive weeks.

42. "As It Was" by Harry Styles

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"As It Was" debut at No. 1 on the chart dated April 16, 2022.Harry Styles/YouTube

"As It Was" has charted at No. 1 for 10 nonconsecutive weeks.

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