Whether it creates an earworm or simply makes for a brilliant dance anthem, one catchy pop hit has emerged as the unrivaled song of summer 2013. For the eighth week in a row, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” walked away with the No. 1 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, beating out competitors like One Direction, Miley Cyrus, and Imagine Dragons. Last week, his seventh consecutive week at No. 1 on the chart marked a new 2013 record for Billboard, surpassing the six-week run Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” enjoyed earlier in the year.
“Blurred Lines” doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of easing up on the top-spot reigns, but it still has a way to go to catch up with the longest running No. 1 song in Billboard history. For a record-breaking 16 weeks (or four whole months) from Dec. 1995-March 1996, the Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men collaboration “One Sweet Day” held on firmly to the highest chart position.
The second highest honor of a 14-week run is shared by six artists, including separate appearances by Mariah Carey (“We Belong Together”) and Boyz II Men (“I’ll Make Love to You”). These songs also tied with Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind 1997,” The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling,” and Los del Río’s “Macarena.”
Over 30 songs still stand between Thicke and the record 17 weeks, with two songs tied at 13 weeks, four songs at 12, five songs at 11, and 11 songs at 10, which includes artists like Santana (12 weeks; “Smooth” feat. Rob Thomas), Toni Braxton (11 weeks; “Un-Break My Heart”), and Beyoncé (10 weeks; “Irreplaceable”).
This month, two former Disney stars also made waves in the music world. Selena Gomez hit a milestone with her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, knocking Jay Z’s “Magna Carta…Holy Grail” out of the leading position. Gomez’s latest album, “Stars Dance,” reached the top spot with sales of over 97,000 last week. In mid-July, Miley Cyrus’ outrageous video for “We Can’t Stop” broke a record on the online Vevo video service. Just 37 days after it premiered on June 19, the video had garnered 100 million views. The current record was achieved a full two days more quickly than the previous record holder, Eminem’s 2010 single “Love the Way You Lie.”