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"Upon further review, it was determined that "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X does not now merit inclusion on Billboard's country charts", Billboard said in a statement to Rolling Stone last week. However, context suggests that there is more to the story than simple radio airplay. "Old Town Road" catapult to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week following a massive surge in popularity thanks in part to Billy Ray Cyrus jumping on the remix after Billboard yanked the song from the country chart.

The surprising remix to Lil Nas X's 2018 single has reached viral status, with its audio video release on YouTube having garnered over 20 million views since its release. What defines a country song and whose music is left out of that definition?

The Atlanta rapper celebrated his new No.1, posting a screen grab of the Billboard chart on his official Instagram account.

The rising country star announced the news that his song had topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart early Tuesday morning with a simple tweet: "hitting #1 on billboard on my birthday wow", he wrote. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in late March at number 19, before Billboard gave it the ax.

Billy Ray Cyrus hopped on the remix and delivered what can only be described as the "sauciest" country feature ever.

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To my ears, "Old Town Road" is just as country as it is rap. Lil Nas X then brings in his modern-trap sound, whilst maintaining the signature country drawl.

Lil Nas X's career thus far has been a Western film of cowboys and steeds.

"Old Town Road" and the "Old Town Road" remix are available on all streaming platforms.

Salute to Lil Nas X!

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