Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line‘s “Meant to Be” logs a record-tying 34th week atop Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart (dated July 28), encompassing its entire run on the ranking, dating to its debut at the summit on Dec. 16, 2017.
With its latest frame atop Hot Country Songs, which blends streaming, airplay and sales data, the song ties Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road,” which led for 34 weeks in 2017, for the most time at No. 1 on the chart, which began as an all-encompassing genre songs survey in 1958.
“Meant,” released on Warner Bros./Big Machine Label Group, was written by FGL’s Tyler Hubbard (the duo also includes Brian Kelley), with Rexha, Josh Miller and David Garcia. Hubbard tells Billboard that “Meant” felt unique almost immediately after the writing session for the track. “It’s safe to say that we all felt like we had something special when we left the studio that night,” he says. “But it was more than just special. There’s no doubt that this song is anointed by the best writer there is, the Lord. With every unexpected surprise in the story of ‘Meant to Be,’ God was showing himself to be stronger than any tradition or genre.
“I’m so thankful to be a part of this song and humbled more with each week that it remains at the top of the Billboard chart.”
Say Rexha, “‘Meant to Be’ was truly unexpected, and I’m starting to find out that the best things in life are. I’d never think a New York City girl like me who grew up writing pop music would stumble into the country world. I have my Florida Georgia Line collaborators and brothers to thank for that. They’ve truly opened my world and taught me to believe.”
“Meant” crowns Country Streaming Songs for a 30th week (with 15.2 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music) and ranks at No. 6 on Country Digital Song Sales (12,000 sold), which it led for 22 frames. “Meant” also topped the Country Airplay chart dated April 28. Dually promoted to country and pop radio, it led Adult Pop Songs for two weeks and the all-genre Radio Songs chart for five frames.
Meanwhile, FGL extends its record for the most total weeks at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, as the duo’s 90 cumulative frames on top outpace runner-up George Strait’s 84. FGL boasts six leaders on the list, with two others having logged reigns of double-digit weeks each: debut smash “Cruise” ruled for 24 weeks in 2012 and 2013 and “H.O.L.Y.” dominated for 18 weeks in 2016.
“We are absolutely blown away and extremely humbled to even be on the same chart as George Strait and some of our other heroes and country legends, so it’s wild to see our songs total 90 weeks at No. 1,” Kelley marvels. “It’s really hard to wrap our brains around that, but it’s also super-inspiring to get back in the studio and create more music for our fans.”
FGL’s latest promoted single, “Simple,” hits a new high on Hot Country Songs, rising 5-4.