Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” finally wrapped up its extended run at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 yesterday, giving way to Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” after fourteen weeks at number one. The hook-laden track now shares a seven-way tie for second place among durations atop the Hot 100. The record? Sixteen weeks, held by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day,” a song remembered almost exclusively by chart lovers.
Though it looked like “Uptown Funk” had a serious shot at breaking that record (held since 1996), the Khalifa track, featuring the previously-unknown Charlie Puth, put up quite a fight, thanks in part to a music video paying tribute to the late Paul Walker. Also playing a role was the massive box office success of Furious 7, the soundtrack of which is the song’s source.
But don’t shed a tear for Ronson and Mars; they had quite a run, and forced a pair of sizable hits – Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and Maroon 5’s “Sugar” to peak at #2 for eight and four weeks, respectably.
For comparison, here are the last two 14-week number ones, the songs they kept at #2, and the new #1s that replaced them:
#1. I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas (14 weeks, 2009)
#2. Best I Ever Had – Drake (4 weeks)
#2. You Belong with Me – Taylor Swift (1 week)
#2. Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus (2 weeks)
#2. Run This Town – Jay-Z ft. Rihanna and Kanye West (1 week)
Next #1: Down – Jay Sean
#1. We Belong Together – Mariah Carey (14 weeks, 2005)
#2. Inside Your Heaven – Bo Bice (1 week)
#2. Pon de Replay – Rihanna (3 weeks)
#2. Don’t Cha – Pussycat Dolls and Busta Rhymes (3 weeks)
#2. Shake it Off – Mariah Carey (1 week)
Next #1: Gold Digger – Kanye West and Jamie Foxx
Which 14-week number one was most memorable? Which #2-peaking song most deserved to be #1? Leave your opinions in the comments!