Bebe Rexha & FGL's 'Meant to Be' Ties 'Cruise' For Second-Longest Hot Country Songs Reign
At 24 weeks, the songs trail only Sam Hunt's 34-week No. 1 "Body Like a Back Road."
Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" leads Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart (dated May 19) for a 24th week, tying FGL's own "Cruise," the debut hit for the duo (Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley), which ruled for 24 weeks in 2012-13.
The reigns are the longest for a song by a duo or group in the chart's 59-year history, and the second-longest overall. Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" holds the record with 34 weeks at No. 1 in 2017.
"Crazy to see how this song has taken on a life of its own and hear that it's making chart history," FGL's Kelley tells Billboard. "Bebe is part of our tribe now, and it's been magic to see fans from all over the globe react to such a special song."
Rexha and Hubbard co-wrote "Meant" with Josh Miller and David Garcia. "As songwriters, BK [Brian Kelley] and I aspire to create music that makes a difference," Hubbard says. "For us to have not only one but two songs that tie each other has gone far beyond our wildest dreams."
"Meant" extends its stay in the penthouse on Hot Country Songs, which blends streaming, airplay and sales data, as it remains atop Country Streaming Songs for a 20th week, collecting 21.8 million U.S. streams (down 5 percent, according to Nielsen Music). On Country Digital Song Sales, which it led for 19 weeks, it dips to No. 2 (28,000 downloads sold, down 13 percent). On Country Airplay, which "Meant" topped on April 28, it ranks in the top five for an eighth week, descending 3-5 (33.4 million in format audience, down 5 percent).
On the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, "Meant" peaked at No. 2 for three weeks (beginning March 31), becoming the highest-charting hit for a country duo or group since Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" in 2010 (and the highest-peaking for FGL; "Cruise" reached No. 4 in 2013).