Tank's 'When We' Breaks Record for Longest Climb to Top 5 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart

The single breaks the barrier after a record 39 weeks.

Tank’s “When We” rewrites the record for the longest trip to the top five on the 26-year-old R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. On the list dated May 12, the song climbs 6-5, fueled by a 7 percent increase to 20 million in radio audience in the week ending May 6, according to Nielsen Music.

As “When” enters the top five in its 39th week, it surpasses the previous record holder, Kirko Bangz’s “Drank in My Cup,” which needed 35 frames to crack the barrier.

Here’s a look at the 10 songs that required the most time to reach the top five of R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay:

Weeks, Song, Artist, Year
39, Tank, “When We,” 2018
35, Kirko Bangz, “Drank in My Cup,” 2012
34, Frank Ocean, “Thinkin Bout You,” 2012
33, Kirk Franklin, “Looking for You,” 2006
31, Mary Mary featuring Kierra “KiKi” Sheard, “God in Me,” 2009
30, R. Kelly, “Step in The Name of Love,” 2003
29, Monica, “Like This and Like That,” 1995
28, Justin Timberlake duet with Beyonce, “Until The End of Time,” 2007
27, Tank, “Please Don’t Go,” 2007
27, Busta Rhymes, “Touch It,” 2006

“When” debuted on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay on the chart dated Aug. 26, 2017, largely due to its strength at the adult R&B format; it reached the top 10 on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart the same week. The tune eventually dominated the Adult R&B Songs tally, holding the No. 1 position for 11 weeks from November to January and has remained in the chart’s top 10 for a still-active streak of 39 weeks.

The hit’s enduring popularity at the adult format has helped it gain wider mainstream exposure. This week, the tune reaches the top 10 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop chart, which tracks the most played songs on the format. “When” enters the top tier with a 13 percent jump in plays for the week.

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