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Florida Georgia Line holds the records for the most cumulative weeks atop the Hot Country Songs chart (106) and the most weeks atop the chart for a single song (50 for "Meant to Be", a collaboration with pop singer Bebe Rexha). Cheyenne Frontier Days (28690466397).jpg
Florida Georgia Line holds the records for the most cumulative weeks atop the Hot Country Songs chart (106) and the most weeks atop the chart for a single song (50 for "Meant to Be", a collaboration with pop singer Bebe Rexha).

Hot Country Songs is a chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States.

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This 50-position chart lists the most popular country music songs, calculated weekly by collecting airplay data from Nielsen BDS along with digital sales and streaming.

The current number-one song on the chart as of issue April 13 is "Texas Hold' Em" by Beyoncé. This makes her the first black woman to reach number one in the chart's history. [2]

History

Billboard began compiling the popularity of country songs with its January 8, 1944, issue. Only the genre's most popular jukebox selections were tabulated, with the chart titled "Most Played Juke Box Folk Records". [3]

For approximately ten years, from 1948 to 1958, Billboard used three charts to measure the popularity of a given song. [3] In addition to the jukebox chart, these charts included:

The juke box chart was discontinued in June 1957. Starting with the 20 October 1958, issue, Billboard began combining sales and radio airplay in figuring a song's overall popularity, counting them in one single chart called "Hot C&W Sides". [3] The chart was published under the title Hot C&W Sides through the 27 October 1962, issue and "Hot Country Singles" thereafter, a title it would retain until 1990. [4]

On 20 January 1990, the Hot Country Singles chart was reduced from 100 to 75 positions and began to be compiled entirely from information provided by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, a system which electronically monitors radio airplay of songs. [5] Four weeks later, on February 17, the chart was retitled "Hot Country Singles & Tracks". Beginning with the January 13, 2001, issue, the chart was reduced from 75 to 60 positions, and all songs on the chart at the time had their tally of weeks spent on the chart adjusted to count only weeks spent at No. 60 or higher. [6] Effective April 30, 2005, the chart was renamed "Hot Country Songs".

Starting in 1990, the rankings were determined by Arbitron-tallied listener audience for each spin that a song received. The methodology was changed for the first chart published in 1992 to tally the amount of spins a song received, but in January 2005, the methodology reverted to the audience format. This change was brought on because of "label-sponsored spin programs" that had manipulated the chart several times in 2004. [7]

The Hot Country Songs chart methodology was changed starting with the 20 October 2012, issue to match the Billboard Hot 100: digital downloads and streaming data are combined with airplay from all radio formats to determine position. A new chart, the Country Airplay chart, was created using airplay exclusively from country radio stations. Following the change, songs that were receiving airplay on top-40 pop were given a major advantage over songs popular only on country radio, and as an unintended consequence, such songs began having record-long runs at the top of the chart. The first song to benefit from this change was Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", which had been declining in popularity but shot up to number one on the chart the first week the change took effect and stayed there until it set an all-time record for the most weeks at No. 1 by a solo female. [8] This was followed almost immediately by Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise", which had the longest stay at number one of any song in the country chart's history (24 weeks), [9] until it was surpassed by Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" in 2017 (34 weeks). The record was subsequently broken by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" in 2018 (50 weeks). [1]

Billboard has not explicitly defined how it determines which songs qualify for the country chart and which ones do not, only that "a few factors are determined (...) first and foremost is musical composition" and that a song must "embrace enough elements of today's country music" to qualify. The 1990–2012 chart did not have such ambiguity, being objectively measured by airplay from specifically identified country stations alone. A later statement from Billboard elaborated on what those "few factors" entailed: "most notably the song's musical composition, but also how the song is marketed and promoted, the musical history of the artist, airplay the song receives and how the song is platformed on streaming services". [10] The 2019 country rap record "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X was a subject of controversy over this ambiguous standard after it initially appeared on the country chart, where it debuted and peaked at number 19, before Billboard took the song off subsequent charts, claiming it had made a mistake in including it. The song gained popularity through viral memes rather than radio, as only one country station, Radio Disney Country, had played it at the time of the charting. [11]

After his death, Toby Keith broke a record, having nine of the top 10 songs on the Country Digital Song Sales chart at one time, topping the charts with “Don’t Let the Old Man In [12]

Hot Country Songs chart achievements

Songs with most weeks at number one

These are the songs with 16 or more weeks at number one. Fifteen songs accomplished this feat between 1946 and 1964, but none did so again until after the 2012 reformulation; between "Almost Persuaded's" nine-week run in 1966 and the chart's reformulation in 2012, no song spent more than eight weeks atop the chart. Prolonged runs became commonplace again in 2012. As of February 2024, twelve songs from this period have topped the chart for at least 16 weeks, and the six longest chart runs have all been since 2012.

WeeksSongArtistYear(s)Source
50"Meant to Be" Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line 2017–18 [13]
34"Body Like a Back Road" Sam Hunt 2017 [14]
27"I Hope" Gabby Barrett 2020–21 [15]
25"Last Night" Morgan Wallen 2023 [16]
24"Cruise"Florida Georgia Line2012–13 [14]
"Fancy Like" Walker Hayes 2021–22 [17]
21"I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)" Eddy Arnold 1947–48 [18]
"I'm Moving On" Hank Snow 1950 [19]
"In the Jailhouse Now" Webb Pierce 1955 [20]
"10,000 Hours" Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber 2019–20 [21]
20"I Don't Hurt Anymore"Hank Snow1954 [22]
"Crazy Arms Ray Price 1956 [23]
"I Remember Everything" Zach Bryan featuring Kacey Musgraves 2023–24 [24]
19"Bouquet Of Roses" Eddy Arnold 1947–48 [18]
"The Bones" Maren Morris 2020 [25]
"Walk On By" Leroy Van Dyke 1961–62 [26]
"You Proof"Morgan Wallen2022 [16]
18"H.O.L.Y."Florida Georgia Line2016 [14]
17"Heartbreak Hotel" Elvis Presley 1956 [27]
"Slowly"Webb Pierce1954 [20]
"Slippin' Around" Jimmy Wakely and Margaret Whiting 1949–50 [28]
"Die a Happy Man" Thomas Rhett 2015–16 [29]
16"Love's Gonna Live Here" Buck Owens 1963–64 [30]
"Lovesick Blues" Hank Williams 1949–50 [31]
"Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" Tex Williams 1947–48 [32]
"New Spanish Two Step" Bob Wills 1946–47 [33]
"Guitar Polka" Al Dexter 1946–47 [34]

Note: Songs marked achieved the listed run on the Most Played in Juke Boxes chart (published 1944–58). Songs marked achieved the listed run on the Best Sellers on Stores chart (published 1948–58). Songs marked § achieved the listed run on the Most Played by Jockeys chart (published 1949–58). All these songs also had shorter runs at number one on the other charts not indicated. In 1958 the three charts were merged to create Hot C&W Sides (now Hot Country Songs).

Artists with most cumulative weeks at number one

With at least 50+ weeks at # 1. As of the issue of Billboard dated July 22, 2023

Weeks at
number one
ArtistSource
106
Florida Georgia Line [35]
84
George Strait [36]
82
Buck Owens [30]
73
Tim McGraw [37]
72
Kenny Chesney [38]
60
Alan Jackson [39]
58
Morgan Wallen [16]
57
Sonny James [40]
56
Merle Haggard [41]
53
Toby Keith [42]
52
Sam Hunt [43]
50
Keith Urban [44]
50
Bebe Rexha [45]

Artists with the most number one hits

George Strait has the most number one hits, at 44. [46] Dolly Parton has the most number ones of any female artist, with 25. [47]

See also

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Cruise (song)</span> 2012 single by Florida Georgia Line

"Cruise" is a song recorded by American country music duo Florida Georgia Line. It was first released to iTunes in April 2012 and then to radio on August 6, 2012 as the first single from their extended play It'z Just What We Do. It was written by group members Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard with Joey Moi, Chase Rice, and Jesse Rice. It is included on their first album for Republic Nashville, Here's to the Good Times, released on December 4. "Cruise" is the best-selling country digital song of all time in the United States as of January 2014. The song is considered the foremost example of the genre of country music termed "bro-country".

Country Airplay is a chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States since October 20, 2012, although the magazine also retrospectively recognizes the Hot Country Songs charts from January 20, 1990, through October 13, 2012, as part of the history of the Country Airplay listing. The chart lists the 60 most-listened-to records played on 150 mainstream country radio stations across the country as monitored by Nielsen BDS, weighted to each station's Nielsen ratings.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Crash My Party (song)</span> 2013 single by Luke Bryan

"Crash My Party" is a song written by Rodney Clawson and Ashley Gorley and recorded by American country music artist Luke Bryan. It was released in April 2013 as the first single and title track from Bryan's fourth studio album of the same name.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Round Here (Florida Georgia Line song)</span> 2013 single by Florida Georgia Line

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">This Is How We Roll</span> 2014 single by Florida Georgia Line

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Play It Again (song)</span> 2014 single by Luke Bryan

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dirt (song)</span> 2014 single by Florida Georgia Line

"Dirt" is a song recorded by American country music duo Florida Georgia Line. It is the first single from their second studio album, Anything Goes, which was released on October 14, 2014.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Florida Georgia Line discography</span> Band discography

American country music duo Florida Georgia Line has released five studio albums, two compilation albums, four extended plays, 19 singles, four featured singles, 27 other charted songs, and 29 music videos. Eighteen of their singles have reached number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, or Canada Country charts.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bebe Rexha discography</span>

American singer and songwriter Bebe Rexha has released three studio albums, three extended plays, 32 singles, five promotional singles, and twenty-two music videos. Rexha released "I Can't Stop Drinking About You" as her debut single in 2014, followed by "I'm Gonna Show You Crazy", which was certified Platinum by the Swedish Recording Industry Association (GLF). Both releases were included on I Don't Wanna Grow Up (2015), the singer's first extended play. In 2015, Rexha collaborated with G-Eazy for her breakthrough single "Me, Myself & I", which experienced widespread success worldwide and was awarded multi-Platinum certifications in several countries.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">H.O.L.Y.</span> 2016 single by Florida Georgia Line

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Body Like a Back Road</span> 2017 single by Sam Hunt

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Meant to Be (Bebe Rexha song)</span> 2017 single by Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

"Meant to Be" is a song recorded by American singer Bebe Rexha featuring American country music duo Florida Georgia Line, from Rexha's third extended play (EP) All Your Fault: Pt. 2 and later included in her debut studio album Expectations (2018). It was sent to American contemporary hit radio on October 24, 2017, by Warner Bros. Records as the second single from the EP. It was nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. Rexha's acoustic version of the song without Florida Georgia Line was released on April 6, 2018.

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