The synth-pop track, which comes off of the rapper’s album After Hours, first appeared atop rankings of the publication’s top 100 songs in March 2020, coinciding with the debut of the LP on its top 200 albums chart.
The single went on to break chart records, including the song with the most weeks spent in a top-five position.
In an interview with Billboard, The Weeknd shared that the concept for After Hours was influenced by a few classic films.
“From Jack Nicholson’s character in Chinatown to the film Possession to Tim Robbins in Jacob’s Ladder, it’s just all of my favorite psychological thrillers and dramas in one universe,” he said.
The rapper also found inspiration while playing GTA: Vice City, which he said “really opened [his] eyes to a lot of ’80s music.”
“There was a nostalgia for when I was a kid playing video games and listening to Hall & Oates and Michael Jackson while driving through the city,” he continued.
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