Josh Thompson tops Billboard‘s Country Songwriters chart for the first time, thanks to four writing credits on the latest Hot Country Songs survey (dated June 27).
Luke Bryan’s “One Margarita,” which Thompson wrote with Michael Carter and Matt Dragstrem, leads at No. 6, with 28.3 million radio audience impressions, 6.1 million U.S. streams and 11,000 downloads sold in the latest tracking week, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
Here’s a look at all four of Thompson’s writing credits on the latest Hot Country Songs chart.
Rank, Artist Billing, Title (songwriters in addition to Thompson)
No. 6, Luke Bryan, “One Margarita” (Michael Carter, Matt Dragstrem)
No. 16, Thomas Rhett feat. Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin & Keith Urban, “Be a Light” (Rhett, Matt Dragstrem, Josh Miller)
No. 33, Jon Pardi, “Ain’t Always the Cowboy” (Brandon Kinney)
No. 35, Luke Bryan, “Build Me a Daddy” (Jake Mitchell, Brett Tyler)
Thompson has written or co-written 17 Hot Country Songs entries, four of which have reached the top 10. He’s earned three No. 1s as a writer on the Country Airplay chart: Jason Aldean’s “Any Ol’ Barstool” and Blake Shelton’s “I’ll Name the Dogs” in 2017 and Aldean’s “Drowns the Whiskey,” featuring Miranda Lambert, in 2018.
Meanwhile, as an artist, Thompson has logged six Hot Country Songs entries, including “Beer on the Table” and “Way Out Here,” which reached Nos. 17 and 15, respectively, in 2010. He’s tallied two top 10s on the Top Country Albums chart: Way Out Here (No. 9, 2010) and Turn It Up (No. 7, 2014).
On this week’s Country Producers chart, Dann Huff rules for a 38th total week, thanks to eight production credits on Hot Country Songs. Rhett’s “Beer Can’t Fix,” featuring Jon Pardi, ranks highest, at No. 14.
The weekly Country Songwriters and Country Producers charts are based on total points accrued by a songwriter and producer, respectively, for each attributed song that appears on the Hot Country Songs chart; As with Billboard‘s yearly recaps, multiple writers or producers split points for each song equally (and the dividing of points will lead to occasional ties on rankings).