The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” is First Song to Spend a Year in the Billboard Top 10

The Weeknd winning an awards for Favorite Soul R&B song at the 2020 American Music Awards. Photo by ABC/Shutterstock (11029324gf)

Since being released in November 2019, The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” has been breaking records and it has smashed another one—becoming the first song to spend a full year in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

“Blinding Lights” breaks the previous record held by Post Malone’s “Circles”, which stayed in the Top 10 for 39 weeks. “Blinding Lights” has also spent the longest time in the Top 5, with a total of 43 weeks.

The song is also on its way to breaking another record, spending the most time in the Hot 100, with 65 full weeks. The current record is being held by Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” with 87.

“At first I felt like I went overboard with ambition. I’m ambitious, but I thought maybe it was too much. But it wasn’t until people liked ‘Blinding Lights” that I was like, ‘This is so not what now is, and people loved it anyway,’” The Weeknd told Variety about the song’s initial success.

While The Weeknd’s song is breaking records, the singer wasn’t nominated for any Grammys this year.