The song, released on Warner Music Nashville and which Barrett wrote with Zachary Kale and Jon Nite, marks the chart’s first career-opening No. 1 by a woman and promoted to the format since Carrie Underwood, who topped the tally with her first proper country single “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” which reigned for six weeks starting in January 2006.
Both artists translated the spotlight of American Idol to their chart triumphs: Underwood won the 2005 edition of the TV talent competition, while Barrett finished third in 2018.
“What an amazing journey this song has taken me on,” Barrett tells Billboard. “I feel so blessed and excited that fans are still loving and listening to it. I am so grateful.”
“I Hope” crosses the finish Hot Country Songs finish line in its 64th week on the chart, completing the longest trip to No. 1 in the list’s history. It passes Dan + Shay’s “Tequila,” which took 54 frames to hit the top on Feb. 2, 2019.
Meanwhile, as “I Hope” dethrones Maren Morris’s “The Bones,” which drops to No. 3 after a 19-week reign, the chart sports its first changing of the guard by two women in over nine years. On the list dated May 28, 2011, Miranda Lambert’s “Heart Like Mine” unseated Sara Evans’ “A Little Bit Stronger.”
“I Hope” returns to the pinnacle on Country Streaming Songs (3-1) for a 14th frame on top, having drawn 10. 8 million U.S. streams (up 7%) in the week ending July 16, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. On Country Digital Song Sales, which it led for a week in May, it rises 5-3 with 8,000 (up 13%).
The song led the Country Airplay ranking dated April 25. On the all-genre Radio Songs chart, it pushes 18-17, with 38.5 million audience impressions (up 6%) in the week ending July 19. It crosses into the Adult Contemporary top 10, lifting 13-10, and rises 15-14 on Adult Pop Songs and 20-19 on Pop Songs. Aiding its profile, a remix with Charlie Puth was released April 17.