Music: Despacito Year's Biggest Single, Beating "Shape" and "Humble"
“Despacito” - the reggaeton super-smash - has been named the biggest song in the U.S. of 2017 by Nielsen in the company’s annual year-end report, and it was way ahead of the next-highest title.
The Latin smash, which is fronted by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee and which features pop star Justin Bieber, takes the No. 1 spot on the list of the biggest songs of the past year. The bilingual track shifted 6.663 million equivalent copies, combining sales and on-demand audio streams, easily putting it ahead of the competition.
“Despacito” was initially released as a collaboration entirely in Spanish with just Fonsi and Yankee, and while it was a major hit in countries where Spanish is the predominant language, it wasn’t until Justin Bieber surprise-released a new version featuring him singing in both English and Spanish that the track began to bolt up the charts in countries like the U.S., the U.K. and many other nations. The song eventually made it all the way to No. 1, where it held on for 16 consecutive frames, tying the record for the longest stay at the peak of the Hot 100 in history.
Coming in a somewhat distant second place is Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” which moved just over 5.8 million equivalent units. In any other year, the Brit might have come in first place, but nothing was going to best “Despacito” in 2017. Kendrick Lamar’s first solo No. 1 hit “Humble.” comes in third with just under five million equivalent units.