The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights dethrones Twist as all-time No. 1 Billboard single

The Weeknd’s hit single Blinding Lights has officially been crowned the all-time No. 1 song on the Billboard singles chart, replacing Chubby Checker’s 1960 hit The Twist.

song, ani Instant Synth-Pop Classic, debuted in late November 2019 and topped the weekly Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks in April and May 2020, going to cost a Break the record of 90 consecutive weeks on the chart.

That stint has now earned Blinding Lights their Hot 100 chart of all time, the #1 song title on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of All Time. announced on Tuesday.

From the After Hours album, the single differentiates Checker’s classic The Twist, which was awarded the title in 2008 after running separate charts in 1960 and 1962.

“I do not think so [it] hit me so far,” 31-year-old Abel Tesfaye, otherwise known as The Weeknd, said Billboard upon learning of the song’s new status. “I try not to dwell on it too much. I just count my blessings, and I’m just grateful.”

there were blinding lights biggest song of 2020 Consolidating the Canadian singer’s status as an international pop star, both in terms of sales and size, came to the fore with introspective R&B and moody ballads for the first time a decade later.

“By the time Blinding Lights happened, I was 10 years into my career and established myself as a music person in the industry,” Tesfaye said. “So I’m glad Blinding Lights happened when it happened because it was the first single I ever dropped. That would be scary for me.”

Billboard’s rankings are based on the total number of weeks on the chart as well as exact chart positions, with adjustments made for chart turnover rates during various periods.

American pop favorite The Twist was written and originally released as the B-side of Teardrops on Your Letter by Hank Ballard and The Midnighters in 1958. It was a moderate hit, but did not find cult success until Chubby Checker released a cover version in July 1960.

The song became the only single to top the Billboard Hot 100 twice, in two separate chart runs. The singer, now 80, still performs around the US.

Meanwhile, the Beatles continued to defend their #1 ranking on Billboard’s Greatest of All-Time Hot 100 Artists chart, with 34 of their top 10 singles on the weekly Hot 100 with a record 20 #1 singles. Madonna is in second place with 38 Hot 100 Top 10.