Rewinding the Country Charts: In 2003, Joe Nichols Moved to 'Brokenheartsville,' & No. 1

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Joe Nichols performs at the 37th Annual CMA Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House Nov. 5, 2003 in Nashville, Tenn. 

The tear-in-my-beer tale topped Hot Country Songs.

On March 29, 2003, Joe Nichols notched his first Hot Country Songs No. 1, as "Brokenheartsville" hopped 3-1.

Written by Donny Kees, Blake Mevis, Randy Boudreaux and Clint Daniels, the song was the second single released from Nichols' album Man With a Memory. Launch track "The Impossible" became his first Hot Country Songs top 10, rising to No. 3 in September 2002. After "Brokenheartsville," "She Only Smokes When She Drinks" and "Cool to Be a Fool" both hit the top 20.

Born on Nov. 26, 1976, in Rogers, Ark., Nichols has earned two additional Hot Country Songs No. 1s, among 10 total top 10s: "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" (2005) and "Gimmie That Girl" (2010). On Top Country Albums, he's tallied five top 10s.

Currently signed to Red Bow Records, Nichols upped his count to five Country Airplay No. 1s with 2013's "Sunny and 75" and 2014's "Yeah." "I definitely want to have energy with what I do," the traditional-style Nichols told Billboard about his music in 2015. "If I can do that and still kind of feel like I'm maintaining a country soul, then I'm satisfied."