Dan + Shay's 'Speechless' Soars to No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart
Plus, the pair becomes the second duo in the Hot Country Songs chart's history to claim the top two spots simultaneously.
Dan + Shay, the duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, bank their fifth No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "Speechless" darts 5-1 (on the list dated Dec. 22), up 13 percent to 38.6 million audience impressions in the week ending Dec. 16, according to Nielsen Music.
"Speechless" is the second single from Dan + Shay's self-titled, third full-length, which debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart dated July 7. First single "Tequila" topped Country Airplay that week and the following frame (becoming the act's lone multi-week No. 1 to date).
"We wrote ["Speechless"] about our wives, and to see it resonate with so many people is an extra special feeling for us," the duo told Billboard in a statement after learning about its latest coronation. "Having back-to-back No. 1 songs already from this album is a testament to the support from our fans and friends at country radio. What an incredible way to wrap up an incredible year."
Meanwhile, "Speechless" reaches the Country Airplay penthouse in its 19th week on the chart, marking Dan + Shay's speediest trip to No. 1. It bests "Tequila," which took 25 weeks.
The pair first led with "Nothin' Like You" (Dec. 19, 2015), followed by "From the Ground Up" (2016) and "How Not To" (July 1, 2017). Dan + Shay first charted on Country Airplay with "19 You + Me," which peaked at No. 11 in April 2014.
As for its four-spot surge, "Speechless" is the first song to fly from No. 5 to No. 1 on Country Airplay since Brett Young's "Mercy" on Aug. 11.
As "Speechless" leads Country Airplay, the song simultaneously rules Billboard's airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart for a fourth week, making Dan + Shay the first act to double up atop the tallies simultaneously since Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line on April 28, when their "Meant to Be" crowned Country Airplay for its lone week at No. 1 as the smash was in its 21st of its eventual record 50-week domination of Hot Country Songs.
Plus, as "Speechless" tops Hot Country Songs, "Tequila" bumps 3-2, returning for a 14th week at its peak, which it first reached on June 30. Dan + Shay become just the second duo or group to claim Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously in the history of Hot Country Songs (which launched as an all-encompassing genre survey in October 1958). On the Oct. 6 and 20-dated charts, "Meant to Be" held at No. 1 while FGL's "Simple" ranked at No. 2.
Among soloists, Luke Bryan last monopolized the top two on Hot Country Songs at the same time, and also thanks in part to Florida Georgia Line: on June 28, 2014, FGL's "This Is How We Roll," featuring Bryan, was No. 1 and Bryan's "Play It Again" was No. 2.
The only other artists to claim the top two slots on Hot Country Songs in the same week are Taylor Swift (2012), Willie Nelson (1982) and Buck Owens (1964).