Post Malone’s ‘Circles’ Breaks Record for Most Weeks in Hot 100’s Top 10
The song spends a 34th week in the region.
The track, which tallied three weeks at No. 1 (one each in November, December and January), rebounds from No. 7 to No. 6 on the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based survey dated May 2.
“Circles,” released on Republic Records, eclipses the mark that the rapper-singer already shared, via his Swae Lee collaboration “Sunflower.”
Here’s an updated look at the songs to total the most time in the top 10 over the course of the Hot 100’s 61-year history.
Most Weeks in Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10
34, “Circles,” Post Malone, 2019-20
33, “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse),” Post Malone & Swae Lee, 2018-19
33, “Girls Like You,” Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B, 2018-19
33, “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran, 2017
32, “Sicko Mode,” Travis Scott, 2018-19
32, “Closer,” The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, 2016-17
32, “How Do I Live,” LeAnn Rimes, 1997-98
31, “Uptown Funk!,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, 2014-15
30, “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish, 2019
30, “Smooth,” Santana feat. Rob Thomas, 1999-2000
(Notably, all 10 songs above have appeared on the Hot 100 since the chart’s 1991 adoption of its Nielsen Music/MRC Data-based methodology, which has resulted in longer average chart runs than before. Additionally, eight of the titles above have charted since streaming became an integral part of the list’s data mix, giving hits prominent in airplay and sales another metric to help solidify their high chart placements.)
Plus, as “Circles” has logged all 34 of its weeks on the Hot 100 in the top 10, dating to its arrival at No. 7 on the Sept. 14, 2019-dated chart, it passes Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” for the most weeks tallied in the region from a song’s debut.
To-date, “Circles” has drawn 2.9 billion in cumulative radio airplay audience and 732 million U.S. streams and sold 457,000 downloads.
“Circles” additionally becomes the first title to have spent 30 weeks in the top 10 on Billboard’s mainstream top 40-based Pop Songs airplay chart. The song previously led the list for 10 weeks.
“For me, the staying power of ‘Circles’ is due to a combination of an absolutely addicting, fun, emotional, and at the same time, non-fatiguing hook, combined with relatable lyrics,” R Dub, XHTZ (Z90) San Diego director of programming, recently told Billboard. “Who can’t relate to going in circles in so many aspects of life? Young, old, rich, poor, black, white … we’re all going through it.
“It’s a song I still turn up and vibe to every time it comes on, like it’s only my third or fourth listen,” he said. “I can’t get enough of it, and I’m thinking I’m not alone.”