Taylor Swift’s 10-minute track ‘All Too Well’ ousts ‘American Pie’ as longest top hit

AFP – After nearly 50 years as the longest number one hit of all time, it’s finally time to say bye, bye Miss American Pie.

Taylor Swift unseated Don McLean’s eight-minute, 42-second epic about the day the music died with her 10-minute, 13-second version of her smash hit All Too Well (Taylor’s Version), which soared to take the number one spot on the top songs chart this week, according to industry tracker Billboard.

The extended version of Swift’s hit was recently released on her re-recorded album Red (Taylor’s Version). Swift dropped two new versions of the song, the 10-minute version and another clocking in at around five minutes.

Per Billboard’s chart rules, both of those songs were rolled into one listing, making Swift’s rise to the Hot 100’s top spot all the more likely.

American Pie had held the rank of longest ever number-one hit since it first hit the charts in January 1972.

Taylor Swift with actors Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink who appear in the ‘All Too Well’ music video that’s directed by Swift herself. PHOTO: AFP

Swift has found resounding success as she makes good on her vow to re-record her first six albums so she can control their rights.

It’s a power move that comes in the wake of her public sparring with industry mogul Scooter Braun over his company’s purchase of her previous label, which gave him a majority stake in the master recordings of her first six albums.

Braun later sold the master rights of Swift’s works to the private equity company Shamrock Holdings.

The heated feud and her bold promise to re-record those works ignited discussion over who keeps the keys to an artiste’s work, and the conditions under which young musicians sign contracts.