Kenny Chesney Tallies 20th No. 1 On Country Songs

K enny Chesney's "Live a Little" lifts 2-1 to become his landmark 20th No. 1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Songs airplay chart.

All charts will be refreshed Thursday (April 28) on Billboard.com.

Dating to his first week atop Country Songs the week of Aug. 30, 1997, with "She's Got It All," Chesney's No. 1 sum tops all artists, one ahead of Tim McGraw's total (19) in that span.

Chesney has notched at least one Country Songs leader each year dating to 2001. His 11-year streak of ruling the survey with at least one title ties that of McGraw (1994-04) and Dolly Parton (1977-87) for the fifth-longest such stretch in the chart's 67-year history.

Just four artists have strung together longer runs of annual No. 1s: George Strait, 18 (1983-2000); Ronnie Milsap, 16 (1974-89); Alabama, 14 (1980-93); and, Loretta Lynn, 12 (1967-78).

"Live a Little" is the third Country Songs No. 1 from "Hemingway's Whiskey," which became Chesney's 10th reigning title on Billboard's Country Albums chart upon its debut the week of Oct. 16, 2010. "The Boys of Fall" (two weeks) and "Somewhere With You" (three) preceded "Live" at the summit.

Chesney, who has sold 25.9 million albums, according to Nielsen SoundScan, will sit down for an exclusive Q&A as part of the Billboard Country Music Summit, in association with the Country Music Assn., June 6-7 in Nashville.

Here is a recap of Chesney's milestone 20 Country Songs No. 1s:

1997, "She's Got It All"
1999, "How Forever Feels"
1999, "You Had Me From Hello"
2001, "Don't Happen Twice"

2002, "The Good Stuff"
2003, "There Goes My Life"
2004, "When the Sun Goes Down" (Kenny Chesney & Uncle Kracker)
2005, "Anything But Mine"
2006, "Living in Fast Forward"
2006, "Summertime"

2007, "Beer in Mexico"
2007, "Never Wanted Nothing More"
2007, "Don't Blink"
2008, "Better as a Memory"
2008, "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" (with the Wailers)
2009, "Down the Road" (with Mac McAnally)
2009, "Out Last Night"

2010, "The Boys of Fall"
2011, "Somewhere With You"
2011, "Live a Little"

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