Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well” Passes Don McLean’s “American Pie” as the Longest No. 1 Hit of All Time

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Taylor Swift just continues her dominance of … well, everything — and her latest feat finds the global pop star passing an all-time legend on the Billboard charts.

“All Too Well” is a song included on Red (Taylor’s Version), the newly released and re-recorded version of her 2012 album, Red. The song appears on the collection in two versions, the longer of which spans 10 minutes and 13 seconds, nearly double the length of the other version (5:29).

It’s that ten-minute version that became Swift’s fourth song to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and unseated Don McLean‘s “American Pie” as the longest No. 1 hit ever, a title held by  McLean’s 1971 song thanks to its 8:42 runtime.

Yep, really.

In connection to the release of Red (Taylor’s Version), Swift and her band performed the full, extended version of “All Too Well” on Saturday Night Live, a consistently impressive performance given both the song’s length and the vocal requirements a full performance puts on Swift:

“There is something to be said for a great song that has staying power,” said McLean in response to the news. “American Pie’ remained on the 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.”

Red (Taylor’s Version), which spans 30 songs (nine of them previously unreleased) and collaborations with Chris Stapleton, Ed Sheeran and Phoebe Bridgers, has unsurprisingly become another incredible success story for Swift, the second such album re-recorded due to the complications of ownership regarding her first six studio albums.

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Via a news release:

Red (Taylor’s Version) debuted at #1 in the U.S. with total consumption reaching an astounding 605k units, while moving over 1.2 Million album equivalents globally in its first week. It also marked the biggest album sales debut in the U.S. with 369k units and the highest first week sales of any female artist in 2021.

But wait, there’s more. Taylor Swift also wrote and directed a 13-minute short film for “All Too Well,” starring Sadie Sink, Dylan O’Brien and Swift herself:

She also hit the TV circuit hard for this album cycle, stopping by Fallon:

Late Night with Seth Meyers:

And Good Morning America:

She’s everywhere. To resist is futile, so don’t bother trying.

Listen to Red (Taylor’s Version) below.

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