It’s been exactly one year since The Weeknd released “Blinding Lights”. As the second single off of ‘After Hours’, the song slowly but surely climbed up the charts, and then instantly became his career defining hit.
Inescapable as it dominated airwaves, streams, and Billboard charts, “Blinding Lights” was the song of 2020. Breaking record after record, in under a year, the song entered the biggest songs of all time.
Now it’s time to celebrate, here you’ll find all the records broken and accolades by the song:
40 Weeks in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100:
The song broke the record previously held by Post Malone’s “Circles” (39)
33 Weeks in the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100*:
Breaking the record previously held by Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” (27)
36 Weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard R&B Songs Chart:
The most in history, previously held by Drake’s “One Dance”.
The Weeknd’s seventeenth No. 1 on the Billboard R&B songs chart:
Most by any artist in history.
26 Weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Radio chart:
Most in history, a record previously held by Goo Goo Dolls with “Iris”
Longest runing song atop on Apple Music Worldwide chart by any solo male artist
338 days in the Top 10 of the Spotify Global*
1 year on both the US & Global Spotify Daily Charts.
Surpassed “We Are The World” by Michael Jackson & Lionel Richie and becomes the 7th biggest worldwide hit of all time (United World Chart)
6X Platinum in the United States
Video of the Year at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards
Best R&B Video at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards
Best Pop Video at the 2020 UK Music Video Awards
Best Male Video at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards Japan
International Hit of the Year at the 2020 Danish Music Awards.
4X Weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100