Chart history is overwritten right now. This week a record got beaten by American indie band Gossip. Its single Heavy Cross by now spent 82 consecutive week within the German Top 100. It is the longest chart run without a break in whole charts history. Former record owner was Die längste Single der Welt (The Longest Single Of The World) by German Wolfgang Petry which spent 81 consecutive weeks in the list between 1996 and 1998. In its record setting week the single jumps whole 13 places up the ranking and now sits again proper within the upper half of the list.
There is a slight indifference in the statistic as some of available archives count 83 weeks for Wolfgang Petry. The difference is a result of whether you count the last chart of each year twice or not. Before 2004 media control did not release a week chart for the last week of the year. This was changed by counting digital downloads also. – So, if you count the last chart of the year twice (which is argued in several blogs) then you have to wait two more weeks for the new record. I guess this is just a matter of time.
82 weeks – that’s also rank no.5 within the list of thesingles/tracks which have charted most weeks. Leader here is DJ Ötzi & Nik P. and their Ein Stern (der deinen Namen trägt) (A Star (Named Like You) ) which re-enters the German list for a 105th week right now. Probably this single would have had the above mentioned record too but between 1997 and March 2010 chart compiling institute media control used a so called Sperrklausel (blocking clause) due to it all tracks lower than rank 50 were banned from the list if they spent more than 9 weeks within the charts and two consecutive lower than 50. These banned tracks were eligible again after a 3 months break or if they would rank higher than no.51. Ein Stern (der deinen Namen trägt) had several breaks due to this clause. It just now starts its 8th chart run. With upcoming carnival season the track probably can collect some chart weeks more.