7. The Bieber Effect
In 2017, Bieber got on a remix of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s “Despacito,” assisting move the track to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The success marked the very first time a tune sung mostly in Spanish had actually reached No. 1 in the U.S. in over 20 years, following in the steps of Los del Rio‘s 1996 hit “Macarena.” The tune would invest 16 weeks atop the chart, connecting the record held by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men‘s “One Sweet Day.” (That record would, naturally, be broken by Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” in 2019.) The tune ended up being the very first Latin tune to get a diamond accreditation from the RIAA, ultimately going on to unseat “Baby” as the highest-certified single of all-time in the U.S.
“Despacito” likewise assisted Bieber make another little bit of history himself. Reaching the chart’s peak a week after “I’m the One,” his collab with DJ Khaled, did the exact same, it made him the very first artist to ever notch brand-new No. Ones in back-to-back weeks.