The Weeknd performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game between during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in Tampa, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. The Weeknd’s megahit “Blinding Lights” has become the longest charting song in Billboard Hot 100 history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David J. Phillip

The Weeknd performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game between during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in Tampa, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. The Weeknd’s megahit “Blinding Lights” has become the longest charting song in Billboard Hot 100 history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David J. Phillip

The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ becomes longest charting Billboard Hot 100 song

Debuted on the Hot 100 at No. 11 on Dec. 14, 2019

TORONTO — The Weeknd’s megahit “Blinding Lights” has smashed another record, this time as the longest charting song in Billboard Hot 100 history.

The Toronto singer’s 2020 pop single racks up its 88th week on Billboard’s marquee chart this week.

That pushes it ahead of Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” which spent 87 weeks on the Hot 100 over a span of two years back in 2012 to 2014.

The Weeknd is the only Canadian among the exclusive group of Billboard’s longest charters, which includes rock band AWOLNATION’s “Sail” (79 weeks), Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” (76 weeks), LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live” (69 weeks) and OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” (68 weeks).

“Blinding Lights” debuted on the Hot 100 at No. 11 on Dec. 14, 2019, holding the top position for four weeks and keeping momentum throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The song, which sits at No. 18 this week, also held its own against several other Hot 100 charting hits from the Weeknd, including his No. 1 single “Save Your Tears” and “In Your Eyes,” which peaked at No. 16.

The Weeknd’s new single “Take My Breath” debuted this week at No. 6.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 17, 2021.

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