Sam Hunt's 'Body Like a Back Road' Ties Record for Most Weeks Atop Hot Country Songs Chart
The song matches the 24-week rule of Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise."
"Back Road" equals the 24-week reign of Florida Georgia Line's debut single, "Cruise," in 2012 and 2013.
Hot Country Songs blends radio airplay, streaming and sales data. The chart launched as an all-encompassing genre survey in October 1958. (It had been purely-airplay based, powered by Nielsen Music, since 1990; in 2012, it transitioned to its current multi-metric methodology.)
"Making history is fun, and this summertime smash keeps going and going," Mike Dungan, Universal Music Group Nashville chairman/CEO tells Billboard. "The audience response has been Beatle-esque at his sold-out live shows."
Most Weeks at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs
Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1
24, "Body Like a Back Road," Sam Hunt, Feb. 25, 2017
24, "Cruise," Florida Georgia Line, Dec. 22, 2012
19, "Walk On By," Leroy Van Dyke, Sept. 25, 1961
18, "H.O.L.Y.," Florida Georgia Line, May 21, 2016
17, "Die a Happy Man," Thomas Rhett, Nov. 14, 2015
16, "Love's Gonna Live Here," Buck Owens, Oct. 19, 1963
For now, at least, "Back Road" -- co-written by Hunt, Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne -- is a stand-alone single following Hunt's debut full-length, 2014's Montevallo, which has sold 1.3 million copies in the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen Music. Presently, it's undetermined as to when his follow-up set will arrive. "Sam has been writing, and he's going to do things on his time schedule," Cindy Mabe, Universal Music Group Nashville president, recently told Billboard.
As for "Back Road," Mabe says, "It's just a cool, laid-back song that's also really soulful."
Along with its 24-week domination on Hot Country Songs, "Back Road" likewise leads Country Streaming Songs (16.7 million U.S. streams, down 3 percent) and Country Digital Song Sales (46,000 downloads sold, down less than 1 percent) for a 24th week each.
On Country Airplay, "Back Road" ruled for three weeks beginning on the chart dated May 6. It declines 4-6 in its 25th week, down 4 percent to 35 million audience impressions at the format. It spent a record-breaking 16 weeks in the top five.
"Back Road" additionally bullets at No. 10 on the all-genre Radio Songs chart (85 million in audience, up 2 percent), as it continues its crossover to pop and adult formats. It pushes 10-9 on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart, 20-17 on Pop Songs and 27-21 on Adult Contemporary.
On the all-genre, airplay, streaming and sales-based Billboard Hot 100, "Back Road" bumps 10-9, after reaching No. 6 in April.
All charts will update tomorrow (July 25) on Billboard.com. Check back next week to see if "Back Road" can pass "Cruise" to claim the record for the most weeks at No. 1 in the history of Hot Country Songs all to itself.