Rewinding the Country Charts: In 2012, Eric Church Hoisted His First No. 1, 'Drink in My Hand'

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Eric Church performs during the 2012 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2012 in Nashville, Tenn. 

Five years ago, the working-people's anthem reigned.

On Jan. 28, 2012, Eric Church led Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for the first time – in his 10th visit, dating to his 2006 debut – with "Drink in My Hand." "I got a 40-hour week worth of trouble to drown," reasons Church in the song.

Written by Church, Michael P. Heeney and Luke Laird, "Drink" was the second single from Church's LP Chief, which became his first No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Says Church, "I remember the feeling very well. I was tremendously proud of actually getting one to the top – not so much for me, but for the team and fans that had worked so hard. It was pretty special to see that happen for us."

In addition to those two No. 1s on Hot Country Songs, Church boasts seven on Billboard's Country Airplay chart. Meanwhile, his current hit "Kill a Word" (featuring Rhiannon Giddens), from his fifth full-length, Mr. Misunderstood, becomes his 13th Hot Country Songs top 10, lifting 13-10 on the Feb. 4 chart.

Church, 39, launched his Holdin' My Own Tour on Jan. 13 in Lincoln, Neb. It wraps with two shows in Nashville May 26-27.


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