Lil Nas X’s hit song, Old Town Road has been the top song on the Billboard Hot 100 list for weeks now. At less than two minutes, the song is not only catchy and popular, but it also has quite a story, as well. Here’s a quick rundown of how the hit song came to become as big of a phenomenon as it has been.
The song is a blend of hip hop and country music. So, it has a unique sound that users on the TikTok social media app noticed. So, people created memes they based on the song. Also, Lil Nas X created a music video for the song using footage from the popular video game, Red Dead Redemption 2.
This grassroots popularity eventually boiled over to mainstream success. Also, it happened when Old Town Road showed up on both the hip hop and country music charts.
Billboard soon decided that the song was not “country” enough to warrant charting on the country charts. So, they removed it from the country charts. This spurred allegations of discrimination and bias by Billboard.
However, the controversy helped the song perform better when people came out in support of Lil Nas X and his song. And one of these people, in particular, was country music legend, Billy Ray Cyrus.
Soon, they remixed the song in collaboration with Billy Ray Cyrus. And it was that remix, as well as the music video, that helped boost the song. And its popularity continues to this day. Old Town Road currently holds the record for the longest amount of time spent at number one on the Billboard charts by a hip hop song. Amazingly, that record continues to get larger by the day.
Where Lil Nas X will go after the immense success of his song remains to be seen. But the young artist has made a huge impact on American culture.