The synth-pop track, which comes off of the rapper’s fourth studio album After Hours, first appeared atop rankings of the publication’s top 100 songs in March 2020, coinciding with the debut of the LP on its top 200 albums chart.
The single went on to break chart records, including the song with the most weeks spent in a top-five position.
In an interview with Billboard, The Weeknd shared that the concept for After Hours was influenced by a few classic films.
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After The Weeknd learned of the song’s highest Hot 100 status of all time,
‘I just don’t get it yet. I try not to dwell too much on this. ‘I’m just counting my blessings and I’m just grateful,’ he said.
Meanwhile, The Beatles remain the lead group in the Hot 100 archives, topping Billboard’s retrospective of the Top 100 Artists of All Time.
Top 10 Hot 100 songs of all time:
1, “Blinding Lights,” The Weeknd
2, “The Twist,” Chubby Checker
3, “Smooth,” Santana feat. Rob Thomas
4, “Mack the Knife,” Bobby Darin
5, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
6, “How Do I Live,” LeAnn Rimes
7, “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
8, “I Gotta Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas
9, “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),” Los Del Rio
10, “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran