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  • Canadian artist The Weeknd’s hit song “Blinding Lights” has earned the number one spot on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of All Times Hot 100 Chart.
  • The song replaces Chubby Checker’s 1960’s hit “The Twist”.
  • “Blinding Lights” has now spent the most number of weeks within Billboard’s Hot 100 chart since the song was released in 2020.

Canadian artist The Weeknd has dethroned a 1960’s classic and has made his hit single “Blinding Lights” the number one song on Billboards’ Greatest Songs of All Times Hot 100 Chart.

Chubby Checker’s song from the 1960s “The Twist” was named Billboard's Hot 100 number one song in 2008, a title that factors in in total weeks on Billboard’s chart as well as exact chart positions, with weeks at number one earning the greatest value and weeks at number 100 earning the least, according to Billboard

Now The Weeknd’s song “Blinding Lights” has surpassed “The Twist” in the number of weeks spent in Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The song was part of The Weeknd’s “After Hours” album and reached the Hot 100 chart in March 2020. Once there, the song spent 43 weeks in the top five, 57 weeks in the top 10, 86 weeks in the top 40 and finally, 90 weeks in the top 100 list. 

The Weeknd, who is Billboard’s November cover star, told the magazine, “I don’t think [it] has hit me yet. I try not to dwell on it too much. I just count my blessings, and I’m just grateful.”


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The 31-year-old Canadian artist launched into the U.S. music scene back in 2011 and has since become the third most listened to artist in the world on streaming platform Spotify, garnering nearly 80 million monthly listeners. He’s also earned two Grammy awards across his discography.

Republic Records, the label representing The Weeknd, co-founder and CEO Monte Lipman told Billboard, “From the first time I met Abel, it was clear that he was destined for global stardom and it’s just one of those cases where the stars aligned. ‘Blinding Lights’ went into the zeitgeist and became one of those songs that just had this emotional impact on so many people around the world.”


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Published on Nov 24, 2021