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Chris Stapleton's 'Tennessee Whiskey' Reaches Streaming Songs Chart for the First Time

Chris Stapleton
Becky Fluke

Chris Stapleton

The song’s debut comes five years after its initial release.

More than five years after its initial release, Chris Stapleton’s cover of “Tennessee Whiskey” is one of the top 50 biggest songs on streaming services in the United States.

“Tennessee Whiskey” debuts at No. 48 on Billboard’s Streaming Songs chart dated Oct. 3 with 8.8 million U.S. streams in the tracking week of Sept. 18-24, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

The song’s 8.8 million-stream week is a 2% boost over the previous frame, and though it marks the song’s Streaming Songs debut, it’s down from the track’s single-week best of 9.3 million toward the tally dated June 6, 2020.

Stapleton’s version of the song (which was written by Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove and originally recorded by David Allan Coe in the early 1980s) has averaged well over 8 million weekly streams since earlier this year, a somewhat peculiar rise for a song that spent just six weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 2015, peaking at No. 20 that November.

But the song is consistently one of the week’s most-streamed catalog titles, and among country tunes, it’s oftentimes one of the genre’s biggest, having never fallen off the Country Streaming Songs chart since it first appeared in November 2015 -- 181 weeks in all. (Surprisingly enough, that’s never included a week at No. 1, reaching No. 2 just once, in November 2018.)

The Streaming Songs debut of "Tennessee Whiskey" coincides with the release of new music from Stapleton. “Starting Over,” the lead single from his upcoming album of the same name, debuted at No. 57 on the Hot 100 dated Sept. 12 and concurrently rises to No. 19 on the Country Airplay tally dated Oct. 3. A second taste of Starting Over (out Nov. 13), “Cold,” was released Sept. 25.