Despite its catchiness, the tune was not without controversy. A debate erupted over whether or not the song, which features a banjo accompanied by a trap beat, is a country or rap tune. That led Billboard to pull the original solo version from the Hot Country Songs chart. This happened after the song had simultaneously debuted on the Hot Country Songs, the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and the Hot 100 charts.
Yet Lil Nas X got some help from country music star Billy Ray Cyrus on the first of many remixes for the earworm. Ultimately, "Old Town Road" spent 19 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart, plowing ahead of the record set in 1996 by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men with "One Sweet Day."