949 weeks. That’s the amount of cumulative time Pink Floyd’s iconic album Dark Side of the Moon has spent on the Billboard 200 album chart (so far) since its release 47 years ago.
(Fun fact: The next longest run is Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Legend, which only has netted 562 weeks thus far. How pathetic!)
Sarcasm aside, that type of staying power is incredibly rare, and it’s unlikely we’ll see anything else quite like it in music. However, there are other mind-blowing streaks throughout history. Here are five of them.
Longest Concert Tour By A Rock Band: Thirty Seconds To Mars (309 show dates)
U2? Guns N’ Roses? The Rolling Stones? Nope, the Jared Leto-fronted outfit tallied 309 shows during a single album cycle, and they have the endorsement of Guinness World Records to prove it.
Most Weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200: Thriller (37 weeks)
Not a real shocker here considering the impact of this Michael Jackson album. The only other album to spend 30+ weeks at number one is Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours.
World’s Longest-Serving Living Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II (68 years, 22 days)
Queen Elizabeth II’s reign began on February 6, 1952. She will turn 94 in April…and her poor son Prince Charles is still waiting for his time in the sun.
Longest-Running Game Show Host: Alex Trebek (36 Seasons)
Trebek (with and without a mustache) has been the host of Jeopardy! since 1984 and in 2018, he signed a contract extension through 2022. The host bravely went public with his stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis, but that hasn’t stopped him for hosting the show and still managing to go viral like in the video below.
Longest-Running Box Office Consecutive No.1 Streak: Titanic (15 weeks)
The epic movie’s run at number one seemingly went on…and on…and on until it was finally dethroned by Lost in Space starring Gary Oldman, William Hurt and Matt LeBlanc.