It’s not looking good for “One Sweet Day.”
It’s getting serious.
No one can doubt the impact and cultural ascendance that Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” has made this summer. And yet, even after the visual to the original version became the most-watched video on YouTube, the Justin Bieber remix to the Spanish-language smash is also on track to take down Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s long-lasting record for most weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100.
Word around the blogosphere is that the pop monarch’s ’90s classic, “One Sweet Day,” a collaborative effort with the R&B group, might just pass over the crown to the Biebster’s remix of “Despacito” if it stays on top in the coming weeks. So, here’s the stats: Fonsi’s smash has topped the Hot 100 for 13 weeks, surpassing Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” for the longest streak of 2017. However, it only needs a few more weeks atop the Hot 100 before it matches the all-time record of 16 weeks, which was set by “One Sweet Day.”
And while, yes, “Despacito” isn’t making as strong of an impact on radio airwaves as, say, a month ago, the track is gearing up for some major exposure. On Monday (August 7), Good Morning America announced that Luis Fonsi will hit Times Square for a performance of the dance hit next Wednesday, which will only further its longevity.
Silver lining: Even if it does overthrow “One Sweet Day,” at least we can count our blessings and remember that it wasn’t The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” that took the title away from the ’90s gem.