On Tuesday, April 9, rapper Lil Nas X turned 20 years old and received an impressive birthday present: news that his viral “country trap” song “Old Town Road” had reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The achievement is the latest development in what has become quite a saga around the song after Billboard removed “Old Town Road” from its country chart and reignited a longstanding debate over what country music truly is.
But regardless of the song’s genre classification, it’s now an indisputable hit: The Hot 100 is Billboard’s most prestigious, all-encompassing chart; snagging the No. 1 slot means “Old Town Road” has conquered radio airplay, streaming, and music sales across all genres.
Billboard publishes new editions of its various charts every Tuesday. As of the April 9 editions, “Old Town Road” has risen to the No. 1 spot not only on the Hot 100, but on several genre-specific charts as well. Those include:
- The Hot Rap Songs chart, cataloguing rap songs’ performance across several different metrics, including sales, streaming plays, radio plays, and views on YouTube.
- The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, which measures the same metrics as the Hot Rap Songs, just in a different genre.
- Both the Rap and R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming charts, which measure how frequently a song is played on streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.
- The R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Sales chart, which tracks digital music sellers’ most-downloaded songs in those genres.
Lil Nas X’s soaring popularity has been fueled by a number of factors — particularly the debate over whether “Old Town Road” should be classified as country music. Controversy over Billboard’s removal of the song from its Hot Country Songs chart boosted Lil Nas X’s profile among a larger audience, building on momentum that began with the rapper’s meme-filled Twitter presence and a fast-growing TikTok meme dubbed the “Yee Haw Challenge” that centered on the song.
Further Reading: How to Download Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” from Spotify to MP3
Currently, we can listen to Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” on most streaming music services, including the giant – Spotify. If you’d like to download the song for offline listening or transfer it to other devices for playing, the article below will perfectly meet your need. Here we are going to adopt the most popular Spotify music tool – NoteBurner to teach you how to download “Old Town Road” song from Spotify to MP3.
Tool Required – NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter
NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter is a professional Spotify music tool which is specially designed for removing the DRM from Spotify and converting Spotify songs to MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC format. Here are the key features of the program:
- Remove DRM from Spotify songs;
- Convert Spotify music to MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV format;
- Easily download any songs from Spotify to local computer;
- Support one-click to burn Spotify music to CD;
- Support sharing Spotify music with others via e-mail;
- Provide timely technical support and prompt customer service.
NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter supports both Windows and Mac OS. Here we take the Windows version as an example. For Mac users, please refer to How to Download Music from Spotify to MP3 on Mac for detailed steps.
Step 1: Download, Install and Launch NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter
Step 2: Add “Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road”” to the Program
Click”Add” button on the upper left. There will be a pop-up window prompting you to copy and paste or drag and drop the song link from Spotify to NoteBurner.
Step 3: Choose MP3 as the Output Format
Click “Settings” button on the upper right. Here you can choose output format (MP3/ AAC/ WAV/ FLAC), output quality (High 320kbps, Medium 256kbps, Low 128kbps) as well as the output path. Please choose MP3 as the output format here.
Step 4: Download Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” from Spotify to MP3
Click “Convert” button to start converting Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” song to MP3 format. When the conversion is done, the song would have already been downloaded as an MP3 file to the output path you set in previous step.
By clicking “History” button (like a clock) on the upper right or directly going to the output folder you customized in Step 3, you can find the song well downloaded in MP3 format.
Note: The free trial version of NoteBurner Spotify Music Converter allows you to convert the first 3 minutes of each song. You can buy the full version at $39.95 to unlock this limitation.