Harry Styles breaks US chart record with As It Was, now the longest running US Number 1 by a UK act

He breaks a record previously held by Elton John and Mark Ronson.

Harry Styles has broken a long-running US chart record with his mega-hit, As It Was.

Now spending its 15th atop the American Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, Harry claims the longest-running chart-topper by a UK act in the states, as well as the longest run at Number 1 in the US by a solo act in general

The UK acts with the previous title were Elton John (with Candle In The Wind) and Mark Ronson (with Bruno Mars collab Uptown Funk), which each spent 14 weeks at the top of the Hot 100.

Harry now has the fourth longest-running Number 1 in US chart history; following Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus' Old Town Road (19 weeks), Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber with Despacito and Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men's One Sweet Day (both 16 weeks). 

MORE: Harry Styles' Official Charts history in full

This week, Harry has also become one of the rare acts to achieve both the Number 1 single on the Hot 100 and the Number 1 film at the US box office with Don't Worry Darling, the psychological thriller he stars in alongside Florence Pugh, which has ignited discussion around the internet due to its frought production and increasingly chaotic PR campaign. 

Other acts to have achieved this feat include Eminem and Jennifer Lopez. Basically, it's a very good time to be Harry Styles in America right now. 

In the UK, As It Was reigned supreme at the top of the Official Singles Chart for a total of 10 weeks - becoming the longest-running Number 1 of the year so far in the UK. 

As It Was has also been recognised as the second-biggest Song of the Summer in the UK this year, although it was beat out at the top spot by Kate Bush' Running Up That Hill, the song that ended As It Was' Number 1 streak. 

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I live in the US, follow the charts, and had no idea this was true. Hmmm...




Obviously not that good at following the US charts then since you didn't know it was true.




Let me rephrase that: I follow the Hits Daily Double charts for albums and song revenue and streams. I assumed those charts would line up with the Hot 100 and Top 200. The Top 200 does and the Hot 100 doesn't. I don't follow the Hot 100 religiously because, historically, anyone can buy any position they want. For example, "As It Was" was #7 this week and #6 last week in sales, and #6 both weeks in streams. Did it get to #1 both weeks because radio made up the difference? Well, BIllboard says so, I guess. But I have my doubts. Do I believe As It Was has been the #1 song in America for 15 weeks? Not on your life. Also, I'm not a 15-year old girl (sorry, I mean 45-year old housewife) who can't get enough of HS, so I had no idea he set the record for a solo artist. But, again, if Billboard says so, it must be "true." Sorry for the confusion.