Hot Country Songs is a chart that ranks the top-performing country music songs in the United States, published by Billboard magazine. In 2003, nineteen different songs topped the chart, then published under the title Hot Country Singles & Tracks, in 52 issues of the magazine, based on weekly airplay data from country music radio stations compiled by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems.
Hot Country Songs is a chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States.
A record chart, also called a music chart, is a ranking of recorded music according to certain criteria during a given period of time. Although in the UK, the official chart has only included physical sales and paid-for streaming, many different criteria are used in worldwide charts, including record sales, the amount of radio airplay, and since the popularity of online consumption of music, the number of downloads and the amount of streaming activity.
Country music, also known as country and western, and hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s. It takes its roots from genres such as folk music and blues.
Singer George Strait's song "She'll Leave You with a Smile" was at number one at the start of the year, having been at the top since the issue dated December 28, 2002.It remained at number one for one further week in 2003 before being replaced by "19 Somethin'" by Mark Wills. The highest total number of weeks spent at number one by a song in 2003 was the eight achieved by "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere", a collaboration between Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett. The duet spent an initial seven weeks at the top, was replaced for a week, and then returned for a final week at number one. The song's first spell at number one tied for the longest unbroken run at the top with "Have You Forgotten?" by Darryl Worley. The success of "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" gave Jimmy Buffett his first ever country number one, more than thirty years after he began his singing career. Another collaboration between a younger star and a music veteran to top the charts in 2003 was "Beer for My Horses" by Toby Keith and Willie Nelson, which spent six weeks at number one and made Nelson, at age 70, the oldest singer to top the chart. The number one position was dominated by male artists; no solo female singers topped the chart in 2003, although the all-female band Dixie Chicks spent a single week at number one.
George Harvey Strait Sr. is an American country music singer, songwriter, actor, and music producer. George Strait is known as the "King of Country" and is considered one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time. He is known for his neotraditionalist country style, cowboy look, and being one of the first and main country artists to bring country music back to its roots and away from the pop country era in the 1980s.
"She'll Leave You with a Smile" is a song written by Odie Blackmon and Jay Knowles, and recorded by American country music artist George Strait. It was released in September 2002 as the third and last single from his album The Road Less Traveled. It was his 38th Number One hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. It became his 50th number 1 single in December 2002. It was also a hit on the Hot 100, peaking at number 23 and becoming Strait's most successful crossover single to date.
"19 Somethin'" is a song written by David Lee and Chris DuBois, and recorded by American country music singer Mark Wills. It was released in September 2002 as the first single from his Greatest Hits album. The song spent six weeks at number one on the Hot Country Songs chart in early 2003. It also reached number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was the longest-lasting of Wills's Number One hits. The song would go on to become the number two country song of the Decade on Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart.
Three singers achieved their first number one hits in 2003, Gary Allan with "Man to Man",Joe Nichols with "Brokenheartsville", and Dierks Bentley with "What Was I Thinkin'". "Brokenheartsville"'s rise to the top benefited from a backlash against previous chart-toppers Dixie Chicks, after the group's lead singer Natalie Maines made controversial comments about then-United States President George W. Bush. This led to a number of radio stations dropping their song "Travelin' Soldier" and thus impacting its chart performance. Allan followed up "Man to Man" with a second number one later in the year with "Tough Little Boys" and was one of only two artists to place multiple songs at the top of the chart in 2003, the other being Toby Keith, whose six weeks at number one with "Beer for My Horses" and five with "I Love This Bar" gave him a total of eleven weeks at number one, the most by any act in 2003. The final number one of the year was "There Goes My Life" by Kenny Chesney.
Gary Allan Herzberg is an American country music artist. Signed to Decca Records in 1996, Allan made his country music debut with the release of his single "Her Man", the lead-off to his gold-certified debut album Used Heart for Sale, which was released in 1996 on Decca. His second album, It Would Be You, followed in 1998. Allan's third album, Smoke Rings in the Dark, was his first one for MCA Nashville and his first platinum album. His next albums, Alright Guy (2001) and See If I Care (2003), both were also certified platinum while Tough All Over (2005) and Greatest Hits (2007) and Living Hard (2007) were all certified gold. His next two albums Get Off on the Pain (2010) and Set You Free (2013) both reached the Top 10 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums charts, at numbers 2 and 1 respectively.
"Man to Man" is a song written by Jamie O'Hara and recorded by American country music artist Gary Allan. It was released in September 2002 as the third and final single from Allan's 2001 album Alright Guy. The song became his first number one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in March 2003 and peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Joseph Edward Nichols is an American country music artist. Between 1996 and 2001, he held recording contracts with the Intersound and Giant labels. In 2002, he signed with Universal South Records, now known as Show Dog-Universal Music.
|January 4||"She'll Leave You with a Smile"||George Strait|
|January 11||"19 Somethin'"||Mark Wills|
|February 22||" The Baby "||Blake Shelton|
|March 15||"Man to Man"||Gary Allan|
|March 22||"Travelin' Soldier"||Dixie Chicks|
|March 29||"Brokenheartsville"||Joe Nichols|
|April 5||"Have You Forgotten?"||Darryl Worley|
|May 24||"Three Wooden Crosses"||Randy Travis|
|May 31||"I Believe"||Diamond Rio|
|June 14||"Beer for My Horses"||Toby Keith duet with Willie Nelson|
|July 26||"My Front Porch Looking In"||Lonestar|
|August 2||"Red Dirt Road"||Brooks & Dunn|
|August 9||"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere"||Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett|
|September 27||"What Was I Thinkin'"||Dierks Bentley|
|October 4||"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere"||Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett|
|October 11||"Real Good Man"||Tim McGraw|
|October 25||"Tough Little Boys"||Gary Allan|
|November 8||"Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me"||Keith Urban|
|November 15||"I Love This Bar"||Toby Keith|
|December 20||"There Goes My Life"||Kenny Chesney|
This is a list of notable events in music that took place in the year 2003.
Natalie Louise Maines is an American singer-songwriter and activist who achieved success as the lead vocalist for the female country band the Dixie Chicks. Born in Lubbock, Texas, Maines considers herself a rebel who "loved not thinking in the way I knew the majority of people thought."
Toby Keith Covel is an American country singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. Keith released his first four studio albums—1993's Toby Keith, 1994's Boomtown, 1996's Blue Moon and 1997's Dream Walkin', plus a Greatest Hits package for various divisions of Mercury Records before leaving Mercury in 1998. These albums all earned Gold or higher certification, and produced several Top Ten singles, including his debut "Should've Been a Cowboy", which topped the country charts and was the most-played country song of the 1990s. The song has received three million spins since its release, according to Broadcast Music Incorporated.
This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 2003.
"Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue " is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Toby Keith. The song was written in late 2001, and was inspired by Keith's father's death in March 2001, as well as the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States later that year. It was released in May 2002 as the lead single from the album, Unleashed. The song topped the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and reached number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart becoming his biggest solo hit on that chart.
"Landslide" is a song written by Stevie Nicks and performed by British-American music group Fleetwood Mac. It was first featured on the band's self-titled 1975 album Fleetwood Mac. A live version was released as a single 23 years later from the live reunion album The Dance. It reached number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart. "Landslide" was certified Gold in October 2009 for sales of over 500,000 copies in the United States. According to Nielsen Soundscan, "Landslide" sold 1,315,950 copies in the United States as of February 2013.
The Dixie Chicks are an American country music group composed of Natalie Maines, along with Emily Robison and Martie Maguire, who are sisters. Their discography comprises seven studio albums, two live albums and 25 singles.
"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" is a song performed by Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett, and written by Jim "Moose" Brown and Don Rollins. It was released in June 2003 as the lead single from Jackson's 2003 compilation album Greatest Hits Volume II. It spent eight non-consecutive weeks at Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in summer of 2003. In addition, the song hit number 17 on the US Hot 100, making it the biggest pop hit for Jackson and the first top forty hit for Buffett since the 1970s. On November 5, 2003, it also won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Vocal Event of the Year. The song became the #3 country song of the decade on Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart.
"Not Ready to Make Nice" is a song co-written and performed by American country music band Dixie Chicks. It was released in June 2006 as the first single from the band's seventh studio album, Taking the Long Way. It remains the band's biggest hit in the US to date—it is their only song to be certified Platinum and reach the top five on the Hot 100. The song was written by Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, Emily Robison, and Dan Wilson.
Dixie Chicks are an American music group composed of founding members Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison, and lead singer Natalie Maines. The band formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas, and was originally composed of four women performing bluegrass and country music, busking and touring the bluegrass festival circuits and small venues for six years without attracting a major label. After the departure of one bandmate, the replacement of their lead singer, and a slight change in their repertoire, the Dixie Chicks soon achieved commercial success, beginning in 1998 with hit songs "There's Your Trouble" and "Wide Open Spaces".
"Brokenheartsville" is a song written by Donny Kees, Blake Mevis, Randy Boudreaux and Clint Daniels and recorded by American country music singer Joe Nichols. It was released in November 2002 as the second single from his 2002 album Man with a Memory. The song became Nichols' first member one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and earned him his second consecutive Grammy nomination for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. The song also was later covered by Johnny Rodriguez on his 2011 album Live from Texas.
American country music singer and songwriter Dierks Bentley has released nine studio albums, one live album, one compilation album, and 29 singles. In 2003, Capitol Nashville released Bentley's self-titled debut album. The album's first single, "What Was I Thinkin'", reached number 1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and 22 on the Billboard Hot 100, his highest charting single there to date. Bentley then released two studio albums in 2005 and 2006 and produced several number 1 hits on Billboard Hot Country Songs. In 2007, Bentley released a live concert DVD, Live and Loud at the Fillmore, which was recorded in Denver, Colorado.
"Bullets in the Gun" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Toby Keith. It was released in September 2010 as the second single and title track from his 2010 album of the same name. The song peaked at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Keith wrote this song with Rivers Rutherford
"Home" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Dierks Bentley. It was released in October 2011 as the second single from his 2012 album of the same name. The song reached number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in March 2012. Bentley co-wrote this song with Dan Wilson and Brett Beavers. The song was selected by the Arizona Centennial Commission to serve as its official song for the state’s 100 year celebration.
Country Airplay is a chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States since January 20, 1990.
"Different for Girls" is a song written by Shane McAnally and J. T. Harding and recorded by American country music artist Dierks Bentley featuring American singer and songwriter Elle King as a duet. It was released to country radio on June 6, 2016 as the second single from Bentley's eighth studio album Black (2016). The song won "Vocal Event of the Year" at the 2016 CMA Awards and was nominated for the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
"Loving Arms" is a song written by Tom Jans and first recorded and released by Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge as a duet in 1973.