A fortnight or so ago, Universal sent out a press release to both mark ten years since the release of Kanye’s Graduation album, and to point out the staggering success of the ‘Stronger’ single from that record, which — they claimed — has stuck around in the ARIA Top 500 for ten straight years, the longest current run on the chart.
I did a little research into this mythical Top 500 to see what other singles had maintained impressive runs on the chart. Second to ‘Stronger’ which has, as of this week, notched up 522 consecutive weeks in the Top 500 (currently sitting at #169) is ‘Chasing Cars’ by Snow Patrol, which has spent 514 weeks, while Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ has sat in the Top 500 for 512 weeks.
The 20 longest chart runs showcase the strength of catalogue music and steady commercial radio play, with classic rock tracks (or those settling into the classic rock format) making up the bulk of the list: the likes of ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ by Bon Jovi (currently sitting at #383 after 488 weeks), ‘Viva La Vida’ and ‘The Scientist’ by Coldplay (at 478 and 458 weeks, respectively), Sex On Fire (473), ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ (455 weeks), ‘Enter Sandman’ (439), and ‘Drops Of Jupiter’ (429). Seems the soundtrack to your Dad’s BBQ mirrors the majority of the ARIA chart mainstays.
Then there are the recent(ish) pop singles which, like ‘Stronger’, simply entered the charts and never left. ‘Low’ by Flo Rida and T-Pain has spent 497 weeks in the chart, with ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz entering a mere two weeks later. ‘Love Story’ by Taylor Swift has spent 448 weeks in the chart, while Miley’s ‘Party In The U.S.A.’ has spent 411.