Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” has become the longest running Billboard Hot 100 chart song in history.

“I’m Yours” hit the chart in May 2008 and rose to a top of No. 6 in September 2008, and it’s still on the chart, pushing out LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live,” which spent 69 weeks hanging onto the chart.

The song has been on the top 40 for all but its first 12 weeks son the chart, according to Billboard.

“I’m Yours” is also the third-best selling digitally downloaded song with 4.4 million (legal) downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

On the song’s multi-genre appeal and long shelf life, Mraz told Billboard, “I think it’s because it borrows from every one of those formats. Or perhaps the song is genre-less. The first two and a half minutes have so little production you could almost classify it as spoken-word. Yet it’s rhythmic and melodic at the same time.”

“I found out about 6 weeks ago that the song was on its way to breaking this record. I was moved,” the singer said. “I’m still blown away — humbled by the success of my happy little hippie song.”

Mraz wasn’t the only Billboard record breaker recently. The Black Eyed Peas put their song “I Gotta Feeling” at the No. 1 spot in the Hot 100, preceded by 12 weeks of “Boom Boom Pow” in the one slot. That gave the Peas a record 20 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the chart.

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John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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