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Thomas Rhett Adds 14th Country Airplay No. 1 With 'One of the Most Special Songs I've Written'

Thomas Rhett
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Thomas Rhett 

It's also his eighth leader in a row.

Singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett rolls up his 14th leader on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "Remember You Young" ascends 3-1 on the chart dated Dec. 21.

The song reigns with a 7% gain to 37.8 million audience impressions in the week ending Dec. 15, according to Nielsen Music.

Rhett co-authored "Remember" with Ashley Gorley and Jesse Frasure. The song is the second single from Rhett's album Center Point Road, following launch track "Look What God Gave Her," which led Country Airplay dated June 29.  

"'Remember You Young' is one of my favorite tracks on this record, and easily one of the most special I've written in my career," Rhett told Billboard after hearing the news of his latest coronation. "Ashley, Jesse and I actually wrote it twice, but it was the second go-round where we really captured what we were trying to say. It's about just always seeing the most important people in your life -- your best friends that you grew up with, your wife, your babies -- in their youth and in their innocence. I'm so humbled and grateful by the reaction that it's gotten."

Center Point Road, Rhett's fourth full-length, debuted atop the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts dated June 15, arriving as the first of two country sets to lead the all-genre Billboard 200 this year; Luke Combs' What You See Is What You Get opened atop the Nov. 23-dated tally.

Additionally, "Remember" is Rhett's eighth straight Country Airplay No. 1, the longest active run of consecutive leaders. Combs follows with seven, encompassing his first seven career-opening singles, and Old Dominion ranks third with six.

Prior to "Look What God Gave Her," Rhett had last ruled Country Airplay with "Sixteen" (Jan. 26), his fifth No. 1 from Life Changes, his first album to yield five No. 1s. "Sixteen" followed the Maren Morris-assisted "Craving You," "Unforgettable," "Marry Me" and the title track.

Rhett first topped Country Airplay with his third entry, "It Goes Like This," for three weeks in 2013.