Thomas Rhett‘s “Be a Light,” featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban, enters the top 10 of Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart dated July 18, rising 12-10. In the tracking week ending July 12, it increased by 6 percent to 20.6 million impressions, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
The song, written in 2019, was released on March 30 to comfort listeners amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Rhett, who co-wrote it, earns his 17th Country Airplay top 10.
McEntire tallies her 37th Country Airplay top 10, extending her record for the most among women; she has the eighth-most among all artists, dating to the chart’s January 1990 launch. (George Strait leads with 61 top 10s.) She notches her first top 10 since “Turn on the Radio,” which became her 11th No. 1 in January 2011.
Scott scores her first solo Country Airplay top 10 in her first chart appearance apart from trio Lady A (which boasts 14 top 10s).
Tomlin likewise reaches the Country Airplay top 10 in his maiden visit to the tally. On Christian Airplay, he has banked a record 28 top 10s.
Urban adds his 41st Country Airplay top 10, tying Brooks & Dunn for the sixth-most.
As for its star-studded lineup, “Be a Light” marks the most billed artists to share a Country Airplay top 10 since Jimmy Buffett’s update of Hank Williams’ “Hey Good Lookin’,” with Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and Strait, reached No. 8 in July 2004.
‘BONES’ BEST IN STREAMS Maren Morris‘ “The Bones” rules Billboard‘s multi-metric Hot Country Songs chart for a 19th week, tying Leroy Van Dyke’s “Walk on By” (1961-62) for the fifth-longest reign since the chart became an all-encompassing genre survey in 1958. (Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha’s “Meant to Be” holds the record with its 50-week command in 2017-18.)
“Bones,” which topped Country Airplay for two weeks in February, attracted 10.2 million streams in the tracking week and leads Country Streaming Songs for the first time in its 53rd frame, becoming Morris’ first No. 1, among four top 10s.
HE’S ‘GOT’ ANOTHER Jason Aldean‘s “Got What I Got” bumps 11-9 on Hot Country Songs, marking his 33rd top 10. It climbs 19-18 on Country Airplay (11 million, up 10 percent) and drew 7.1 million streams and sold 8,000 in the tracking week.
DANIELS REMEMBERED Following his July 6 passing at age 83, Charlie Daniels‘ biggest single, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” by The Charlie Daniels Band, re-enters Hot Country Songs chart at No. 24. It became Daniels’ lone leader, among three top 10s, in August 1979.
The classic re-enters Country Digital Song Sales at No. 2 (11,000 sold, up 1,358 percent), while gaining by 84 percent to 3 million streams.