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Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

They say that records are made to be broken.

The song, “American Pie” by Don McLean was a DJ’s best friend for almost a half-century.

It was the longest song at (8:42) to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in 1972. It held the record for nearly 50 years.

McLean’s incredible record of longevity ended this week when Taylor Swift crushed it with her 10:13 long “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version),” which officially became the longest No. 1 hit of all time.

McLean took it very well, telling Billboard in a statement that it was well-earned.

There is something to be said for a great song that has staying power,” said McLean. “‘American Pie’ remained on top for 50 years and now Taylor Swift has unseated such a historic piece of artistry. Let’s face it, nobody ever wants to lose that #1 spot, but if I had to lose it to somebody, I sure am glad it was another great singer/songwriter such as Taylor.

Don McLean - Don P. Hurley Photo
Don McLean - Don P. Hurley Photo

Upon learning about her new record, Swift tweeted:

“FERAL SCREECH. “I’m so proud of this song and the memories I have with you guys because of it. You truly chose this one and now you did THIS?! I’m floored. A ten minute song is at the top of the Hot 100,” tweeted Swift.”

It’s been a huge week for Swift, with  “All Too Well” hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, along with the re-worked Red (Taylor’s Version) album both reaching  No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.


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