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Chris Stapleton’s ‘Leave’ Begins No. 1 Stay on Hot Country Songs Chart

"You Should Probably Leave" is Stapleton's third leader on the list, following "Starting Over" and "Tennessee Whiskey

Chris Stapleton adds his third No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart with “You Should Probably Leave,” which ascends to the top of the list dated Feb. 19. Stapleton wrote the track, released on Mercury Nashville, with Chris DuBois and Ashley Gorley and produced it with Dave Cobb.

The song drew 7.6 million streams and sold 2,500 downloads in the tracking week, according to MRC Data. It became Stapleton’s second No. 1 on the Feb. 12-dated Country Airplay survey; it ranks at No. 5 on the Feb. 19 tally with 20.1 million impressions.


Stapleton previously topped Hot Country Songs with “Starting Over” for a week in April 2021 and “Tennessee Whiskey,” which opened at No. 46 in May 2015 and re-entered at No. 1 that November, becoming the first song to return to the chart at the summit. His maiden coronation, for two weeks, followed his three wins at the 49th Country Music Association Awards.

The singer-songwriter boasts three additional Hot Country Songs top 10s: “Broken Halos” (No. 5, March 2018); “Millionaire” (No. 4, March 2019); and as featured on Taylor Swift’s “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault),” which debuted at its No. 3 high in November 2021; on the Feb. 19 survey, “Bet” ranks at No. 35.

Beyond “Leave” and “Bet,” Stapleton charts two other songs on the Feb. 19 Hot Country Songs ranking: “Cold” (No. 42) and “Joy of My Life” (No. 48). The pair, like “Leave” and “Starting Over,” is from his Starting Over set, which in November 2020 soared in as his fourth No. 1 on Top Country Albums; it ranks at No. 9 on the latest list (12,000 equivalent album units).