As Drake and The Weeknd swap spots at the top of the Hot 100 (with the former’s “Toosie Slide” stepping down to No. 2 after debuting in first place last week while the latter’s “Blinding Lights” returns to the summit for a third frame), history is made just a few rungs down. Post Malone’s current single “Circles” backtracks slightly, moving from No. 6 to No. 7, and by holding on for one more frame, the cut has matched one of the most important all-time records in the history of the Billboard chart.
“Circles” has now spent an incredible 33 weeks inside the top 10, something that only three other singles in the ranking’s 60-year tenure have managed.
Post Malone’s giant win is now tied for the record of the longest-charting top 10 hit with Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” Maroon 5 and Cardi B’s “Girls Like You” and Post Malone’s other incredibly popular track, “Sunflower,” which also features fellow hip-hop star Swae Lee.
Last week, “Circles” was tied with three different popular cuts for the title of the second-longest-charting top 10 ever, but now it has passed LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live,” The Chainsmokers and Halsey’s “Closer” and Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode,” all of which held on for 32 weeks inside the region.
“Circles” is still performing very well across most metrics that feed into where a song ranks on the Hot 100, so it’s highly unlikely it falls from No. 7 outside the top 10 next week, even if one or two new cuts enter the region (which is possible). It looks like Post Malone is on his way to making history, beating the record set by Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, Cardi B and even himself.
At this point, it’s easy to suggest that “Circles” will make it to a thirty-fourth frame inside the top 10, but beyond that, it’s possible it will tack on a thirty-fifth, thirty-sixth…and the catchy cut even stands a chance at becoming the first song in U.S. history to make it to 40 turns between Nos. 1 and 10.