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’23’ Is No. 1: Sam Hunt Leads Country Airplay Chart

Plus, Keith Urban notches his 44th Country Airplay top 10.

Sam Hunt banks his ninth No. 1 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart as “23” ascends to the summit of the April 9-dated tally.

The lead single from Hunt’s upcoming third album increased by 9% to 26.6 million audience impressions in the week ending April 3, according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data.

Hunt wrote the song with Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Chris LaCorte (who solely produced it).

“23” is Hunt’s fourth consecutive Country Airplay No. 1, following “Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90’s” (May 2021); “Hard to Forget” (July 2020); and “Kinfolks” (February 2020).

Hunt opened his career with three straight Country Airplay No. 1s: “Leave the Night On” (November 2014); “Take Your Time” (May 2015); and “House Party” (September 2015). “Break Up in a Small Town” hit No. 2 in February 2016 (marking his lone top 10 not to have hit No. 1), followed by “Make You Miss Me,” which became his fourth leader in September 2016.


Hunt then led Country Airplay with his crossover smash “Body Like a Back Road” which dominated for three weeks in May 2017; it’s his sole No. 1 to reign for multiple weeks. The track also paced Billboard’s airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart for 34 frames beginning that February.

“23” concurrently returns to the Hot Country Songs top 10, and its No. 10 best. It drew 3.2 million U.S. streams and (up 5%) sold 1,100 downloads (up 4%) in the week ending March 31.

Meanwhile, Ingrid Andress’ “Wishful Drinking,” with Hunt, bumps 39-36 for a new Country Airplay high (1.8 million, up 20%). It climbs 35-31 on Hot Country Songs, also fueled by 3.4 million streams.

Ace of ‘Hearts’

Plus, Keith Urban posts his 44th Country Airplay top 10 as “Wild Hearts” rises 11-10 (13.7 million, up 4%).

Urban’s run of Country Airplay top 10s (21 of which have hit No. 1) began with his sophomore entry, “Your Everything,” which reached No. 4 in 2000. He has logged the fifth-most top 10s since the chart premiered in January 1990, after George Strait (61), Kenny Chesney (60), Tim McGraw (58) and Alan Jackson (51).