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Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter’s ‘Thinking’ Caps Country Airplay Chart

Plus, new top 10s for Michael Ray, and Jimmie Allen & Brad Paisley.

Dustin Lynch‘s “Thinking ‘Bout You,” featuring MacKenzie Porter, rises to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart (dated Dec. 11). In the tracking week ending Dec. 5, the collaboration increased by 3% to 28.4 million audience impressions, according to MRC Data.

Lynch, who co-wrote the song with Andy Albert, Hunter Phelps and Will Weatherly, adds his eighth Country Airplay leader, while Porter achieves her first.

“It’s been really special to be able to share this ride to the top of the Billboard Country Airplay chart with MacKenzie,” says Lynch. “I am excited for this song to continue doing its thing and keep changing our lives!”

The track is from Lynch’s fourth LP, Tullahoma, which debuted at No. 4 on Top Country Albums in February 2020, marking his fourth top 10.

Lynch, from Tullahoma, Tenn., follows “Momma’s House,” which reached No. 5 on Country Airplay in April. He last led with “Ridin’ Roads” for a week in January 2020.  His additional six No. 1s: “Good Girl,” for a week in January 2019; “Small Town Boy” (four weeks, starting in September 2017); “Seein’ Red” (one week, February 2017); “Mind Reader” (one, June 2016); “Hell of a Night” (one, September 2015); and “Where It’s At (Yep, Yep)” (two weeks, September-October 2014).

Lynch achieved his first of 10 Country Airplay top 10s with his debut hit, the No. 2-peaking “Cowboys and Angels,” in 2012.

Porter, from Medicine Hat, Alberta, scores her first Country Airplay No. 1 in her second visit to the chart, after “These Days” reached No. 56 in August 2020.

On the airplay-, sales- and streaming-based Hot Country Songs survey, “Thinking” pushes 5-4 for a new best. It drew 6.4 million U.S. streams and sold 1,300 downloads in the Nov. 26-Dec. 2 tracking week.

A ‘WHISKEY’ TOAST Michael Ray nets his fourth Hot Country Songs top 10 as “Whiskey and Rain” climbs 12-10. The single drew 4.9 million U.S. streams, up 28%, in the tracking week, aided by prominent placement in Amazon Music’s Country Heat playlist. On Country Airplay, it holds at its No. 6 high, up 7% to 21.4 million impressions.

Ray last hit the Hot Country Songs top 10 with the No. 10-peaking “One That Got Away” in April 2019. His two additional top 10s: “Think a Little Less” (No. 3, 2017) and his debut hit “Kiss You in the Morning” (No. 10, 2015; it also topped Country Airplay).

ROAD TRIP Jimmie Allen and Brad Paisley‘s “Freedom Was a Highway” rides to the Country Airplay top 10 (11-10) 15.7 million, up 6%).

Allen, who won new artist of the year at the Country Music Association Awards Nov. 10, notches his third Country Airplay top 10, after the No. 1s “Make Me Want To,” which led the list dated March 7, 2020, and “Best Shot,” his first entry which dominated for three frames starting in November 2018.

Paisley banks his 35th Country Airplay top 10 and first since 2017, when “Today” peaked at No. 3 that March. He boasts the 11th-most top 10s since the chart launched in January 1990. Among all artists, George Strait leads with 61.