Billboard has named The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” the new No. 1 song on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of All Time Hot 100 Chart.
In celebration, Billboard says it is launching a special collection of trading cards which will be followed by the debut of a limited-edition NFT collection.
“The Twist” was named Billboard’s all-time Hot 100 No. 1 single in 2008, a designation that factors in total weeks on the chart as well as exact chart positions, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least.
Then came The Weeknd. In early 2020, the singer released an ominous music video for “Blinding Lights,” that had debuted just two months before and which would soon leave its own mark on pop history.
According to Billboard, “Blinding Lights” had a slow burn, reaching the top of the Hot 100 in March 2020, the same week After Hours debuted atop the Billboard 200.
But once it took hold, listeners wouldn’t let it go: The four-week No. 1 smash shattered the record for most weeks spent in the top five (43 weeks), top 10 (57), top 40 (86) and on the Hot 100 (90), enough to dethrone “The Twist” on Billboard’s Greatest of All Time Hot 100 chart by the end of its chart run in September.