Fans Are Freaking Out Over Mariah Carey Graciously Honoring Lil Nas X For Beating Her Billboard Record
Everyone and their mother has come to know who Lil Nas X is through their favorite country channel or literally anywhere on social media. Lil Nas X’s country hit “Old Country Road” is meaningful for a number of reasons. It means that the King of Country is a black man. When he came out as gay on World Pride Day, it broke another barrier in country music–proving its fans aren’t as backward as the stereotype suggests.
This week, Lil Nas X just broke another seemingly unbeatable record: “Old Country Road” officially dethroned Mariah Carey’s 1995 classic “One Sweet Day” as the longest No. 1 record on Billboard’s Top 100 chart. While Mariah Carey’s Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” was settled into the number one spot for 16 weeks in 1995, “Old Country Road” just hit 17 weeks.
Mariah Carey, being the classic queen that she is, photoshopped this metaphorical “passing of the torch” to congratulate Lil Nas X.
In a heartfelt social media post, Carey penned to Lil Nas X directly, “Sending love & congrats to @lilnasx on breaking one of the longest running records in music history! We’ve been blessed to hold this record with a song that means a great deal to @BoyzIIMen and myself and has touched so many. Keep living your best life! One Sweet Day will always hold a special place in my heart and I want to thank anyone who’s ever told me how this song has affected them and their loved ones.”
She also shared a BTS video of the recording of “One Sweet Day” and fans are paying their own tributes to the classic.
You’d be hard-pressed to find any of her lambs talking shade on Lil Nas X. One fan commented, “queens supporting queens. we stan.” Others are trying to support Mariah by saying she still holds the record for female artist with the longest No. 1 record on Billboard’s Top 100 chart.
The Lambs 4 Life club is taking this moment to add Mariah’s music to their gratitude list.
One fan even attributes the song to saving her life, tweeting that “one sweet day saved me when I lost the most important people in my life back in 2012, I was going to end it all but I heard it on the radio and I felt like it was my message to keep on living and that’s what I did, it will always hold a special place in my heart so thank you mc.”
Another fan shared the heartbreaking meaning “One Sweet Day” will always hold in his family’s hearts: “My younger cousin was four when he passed away and One Sweet Day was first released. His mother still plays it to this day to commemorate his memory at every major gathering. Thank you and Boyz II Men for giving us this wonderful song, it will always mean so much to our family.”
Meanwhile, others are remembering what it was like to listen to that song on cassette.
Some think that the song will never truly be dethroned because of the way streaming services are able to account for how many times a song is played. You can’t count how many times a cassette tape was played. One fan said, “I promise I’m not hating, but Mariah achieved this without social media, hype, clout, etc., so the record will never be broken in my eyes. These artists today have way more avenues and tactics to get their music out there and heard.”
Some fans are just not letting go of that torch.
They’re all-caps shouting, “TAKE IT BACK” at the singer and “a timeless song by a timeless angel, it’ll always be the longest-running number one in my heart.”
One fan felt like the thread was a memorial for the song and just had to say it, “You act like the song Died.. It Didn’t.. The World has changed.. just think if you had tools like Social Media.. Pandora.. YouTube Twitter Back Then..”
The rest of the lambs are rooting for beating that record all over again with the 25th anniversary of “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
Plus, take it from this fan who is transcending the meaning of competition with this thought: “One Sweet Day will always hold a special place in everyone’s heart. Time changes and so is the taste of listeners, however the inspiration and hope that it brought to the world will never be surpassed by anything and will not be define by a number. #OneSweetDay”
Felicidades to Lil Nas X and to Mariah Carey for being timeless.