When this climbed to the pole position of the Billboard Hot 100 in August 2007, it created a new record for the longest span of #1 hits for songwriters in the Rock era. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller received a songwriting credit for this track thanks to its sampling of their composition "Stand By Me." The duo's first American #1 on the singles chart was Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog
," which reached the summit the week of Aug. 18, 1956. As a result, Leiber and Stoller's span of #1 hits stretches to 50 years, 51 weeks. The previous record holder had been Lincoln Chase, who has credits on Bert Kaempfert's "Wonderland by Night," #1 in January 1961, and Mariah Carey and Jay-Z's "Heartbreaker
," #1 in October 1999, a gap of 38 years and 9 months.
Another record broken by Leiber and Stoller thanks to the success of this song is the longest gap between #1 hits in the Rock era. Their previous Hot 100 chart-topper had been Wilbert Harrison's cover of their song "Kansas City
," which climbed to the peak in May 1959, creating a gap of just over 48 years between the two #1s.