Old Town Road

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"Old Town Road"
Single by Lil Nas X
from the EP 7
ReleasedDecember 3, 2018 (2018-12-03)
Format
RecordedDecember 2, 2018 (2018-12-02)
StudioCinCoYo (Atlanta, GA)
Genre
Length1:53
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Lil Nas X singles chronology
"Old Town Road"
(2018)
"Panini"
(2019)
Audio video
"Old Town Road" at YouTube
Billy Ray Cyrus singles chronology
"Achy Breaky Heart 25"
(2017)
"Old Town Road (Remix)"
(2019)
Remix music video
"Old Town Road (Remix)" at YouTube

"Old Town Road" is a song by American rapper Lil Nas X, first released independently on December 3, 2018. After gaining popularity, the single was re-released by major label Columbia Records, which now distributes the single. Lil Nas X also recorded a remix with American country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, which was released on April 5, 2019. Both the original and remix were included on Lil Nas X's debut EP, 7 (2019).

The song has been widely labeled as "country rap", a genre that had only become mainstream a year prior to release. Dutch record producer YoungKio produced the instrumental and made it available for purchase online in 2018. It features a sample of the instrumental piece "34 Ghosts IV" by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, specifically the banjo that is played in the song. The sample was placed behind trap-style Roland TR-808 drums and bass. Lil Nas X purchased the instrumental for US$30 and recorded "Old Town Road" in one day. At the time, he had been living with his sister after dropping out of college; his real world struggles served as an influence on some of the lyrics.

The song initially gained popularity on social video sharing app TikTok and eventually entered the Billboard charts in March 2019. The song reached number 19 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart before the magazine disqualified it from being included on the chart on grounds that it did not fit the country genre, sparking a debate on the definition of the genre. Though the song was not re-entered onto the overall country charts, both the original version of the song and the remix featuring Cyrus eventually peaked at number one on the flagship Billboard chart, the Hot 100, for a record-breaking nineteen consecutive weeks. Internationally, one or more versions of "Old Town Road" have topped the national singles charts in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom; and charted within the top ten in various other markets.

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