Don McLean has graciously reacted to Taylor Swift breaking his long-held record for the longest song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The 10-minute 13 second version of “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” recently broke the record held by McLean’s 8 minute and 42 seconds-long song “American Pie” since 1972.
“Let’s face it, nobody ever wants to lose that #1 spot, but if I had to lose it to somebody, I sure am glad it was another great singer/songwriter such as Taylor,” McLean said in a statement posted on social media.
“There is something to be said for a great song that has staying power. ‘American Pie’ remained on top for 50 years and now Taylor Swift has unseated such a historic piece of artistry,” he told Billboard.
Upon breaking the nearly 50-year record, an elated Taylor shared her joy with her fans on Twitter on Monday.
“I’m so proud of this song and the memories I have with you guys because of it. You truly chose this one and now you did THIS?! I’m floored. A ten minute song is at the top of the Hot 100,” the singer-songwriter tweeted.
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