Hot Country Songs

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Hot Country Songs is a chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. Hot Country Songs_sentence_0

This 50-position chart lists the most popular country music songs, calculated weekly by collecting airplay data from Nielsen BDS along with digital sales and streaming. Hot Country Songs_sentence_1

The current number-one song, as of the chart dated December 12, 2020, is "I Hope" by Gabby Barrett. Hot Country Songs_sentence_2

History Hot Country Songs_section_0

Billboard began compiling the popularity of country songs with its January 8, 1944, issue. Hot Country Songs_sentence_3

Only the genre's most popular jukebox selections were tabulated, with the chart titled "Most Played Juke Box Folk Records". Hot Country Songs_sentence_4

For approximately ten years, from 1948 to 1958, Billboard used three charts to measure the popularity of a given song. Hot Country Songs_sentence_5

In addition to the jukebox chart, these charts included: Hot Country Songs_sentence_6

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  • The "best sellers" chart – started May 15, 1948, as "Best Selling Retail Folk Records".Hot Country Songs_item_0_0
  • An airplay chart – started December 10, 1949, as "Country & Western Records Most Played By Folk Disk Jockeys".Hot Country Songs_item_0_1

The juke box chart was discontinued in June 1957. Hot Country Songs_sentence_7

Starting with the October 20, 1958, issue, Billboard began combining sales and radio airplay in figuring a song's overall popularity, counting them in one single chart called "Hot C&W Sides". Hot Country Songs_sentence_8

The chart was published under the title Hot C&W Sides through the October 27, 1962, issue and "Hot Country Singles" thereafter, a title it would retain until 1990. Hot Country Songs_sentence_9

On January 20, 1990, the Hot Country Singles chart was reduced from 100 to 75 positions and began to be compiled entirely from information provided by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, a system which electronically monitors radio airplay of songs. Hot Country Songs_sentence_10

Four weeks later, on February 17, the chart was retitled "Hot Country Singles & Tracks". Hot Country Songs_sentence_11

Beginning with the January 13, 2001, issue, the chart was reduced from 75 to 60 positions, and all songs on the chart at the time had their tally of weeks spent on the chart adjusted to count only weeks spent at No. Hot Country Songs_sentence_12

60 or higher. Hot Country Songs_sentence_13

Effective April 30, 2005, the chart was renamed "Hot Country Songs". Hot Country Songs_sentence_14

Starting in 1990, the rankings were determined by Arbitron-tallied listener audience for each spin that a song received. Hot Country Songs_sentence_15

The methodology was changed for the first chart published in 1992 to tally the amount of spins a song received, but in January 2005, the methodology reverted to the audience format. Hot Country Songs_sentence_16

This change was brought on because of "label-sponsored spin programs" that had manipulated the chart several times in 2004. Hot Country Songs_sentence_17

The Hot Country Songs chart methodology was changed starting with the October 20, 2012, issue to match the Billboard Hot 100: digital downloads and streaming data are combined with airplay from all radio formats to determine position. Hot Country Songs_sentence_18

A new chart, the Country Airplay chart, was created using airplay exclusively from country radio stations. Hot Country Songs_sentence_19

Following the change, songs that were receiving airplay on top-40 pop were given a major advantage over songs popular only on country radio, and as an unintended consequence, such songs began having record-long runs at the top of the chart. Hot Country Songs_sentence_20

The first song to benefit from this change was Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", which had been declining in popularity but shot up to number one on the chart the first week the change took effect and stayed there until it set an all-time record for the most weeks at No. Hot Country Songs_sentence_21

1 by a solo female. Hot Country Songs_sentence_22

This was followed almost immediately by Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise", which had the longest stay at number one of any song in the country chart's history (24 weeks), until it was surpassed by Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" in 2017 (34 weeks). Hot Country Songs_sentence_23

The record was subsequently broken by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" in 2018 (50 weeks). Hot Country Songs_sentence_24

Billboard has not explicitly defined how it determines which songs qualify for the country chart and which ones do not, only that "a few factors are determined (...) first and foremost is musical composition" and that a song must "embrace enough elements of today's country music" to qualify. Hot Country Songs_sentence_25

(The 1990–2012 chart did not have such ambiguity, being objectively measured by airplay from specifically identified country stations alone.) Hot Country Songs_sentence_26

A later statement from Billboard elaborated on what those "few factors" entailed: "most notably the song's musical composition, but also how the song is marketed and promoted, the musical history of the artist, airplay the song receives and how the song is platformed on streaming services". Hot Country Songs_sentence_27

The 2019 country rap record "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X was a subject of controversy over this ambiguous standard after it initially appeared on the country chart, where it debuted and peaked at number 19, before Billboard took the song off subsequent charts, claiming it had made a mistake in including it. Hot Country Songs_sentence_28

The song gained popularity through viral memes rather than radio, as only one country station, Radio Disney Country, had played it at the time of the charting. Hot Country Songs_sentence_29

Hot Country Songs chart achievements Hot Country Songs_section_1

Songs with most weeks at number one Hot Country Songs_section_2

These are the songs with 16 or more weeks at number one. Hot Country Songs_sentence_30

Fifteen songs accomplished this feat between 1946 and 1964, but none did so again until after the 2012 reformulation; between "Almost Persuaded's" nine-week run in 1966 and the chart's reformulation in 2012, no song spent more than eight weeks atop the chart. Hot Country Songs_sentence_31

Prolonged runs became commonplace again in 2012. Hot Country Songs_sentence_32

As of October 2018; five songs from this period have topped the chart for at least 16 weeks, and the top three longest chart runs have all been since 2012. Hot Country Songs_sentence_33

Hot Country Songs_table_general_0

WeeksHot Country Songs_header_cell_0_0_0 SongHot Country Songs_header_cell_0_0_1 ArtistHot Country Songs_header_cell_0_0_2 Year(s)Hot Country Songs_header_cell_0_0_3 SourceHot Country Songs_header_cell_0_0_4
50Hot Country Songs_cell_0_1_0 "Meant to Be"Hot Country Songs_cell_0_1_1 Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia LineHot Country Songs_cell_0_1_2 2017–18Hot Country Songs_cell_0_1_3 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_1_4
34Hot Country Songs_cell_0_2_0 "Body Like a Back Road"Hot Country Songs_cell_0_2_1 Sam HuntHot Country Songs_cell_0_2_2 2017Hot Country Songs_cell_0_2_3 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_2_4
24Hot Country Songs_cell_0_3_0 "Cruise"Hot Country Songs_cell_0_3_1 Florida Georgia LineHot Country Songs_cell_0_3_2 2012–13Hot Country Songs_cell_0_3_3 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_3_4
21Hot Country Songs_cell_0_4_0 "I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)"Hot Country Songs_cell_0_4_1 Eddy ArnoldHot Country Songs_cell_0_4_2 1947–48Hot Country Songs_cell_0_4_3 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_4_4
"I'm Moving On"Hot Country Songs_cell_0_5_0 Hank SnowHot Country Songs_cell_0_5_1 1950Hot Country Songs_cell_0_5_2 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_5_3
"In the Jailhouse Now"Hot Country Songs_cell_0_6_0 Webb PierceHot Country Songs_cell_0_6_1 1955Hot Country Songs_cell_0_6_2 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_6_3
"10,000 Hours"Hot Country Songs_cell_0_7_0 Dan + Shay and Justin BieberHot Country Songs_cell_0_7_1 2019–20Hot Country Songs_cell_0_7_2 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_7_3
20Hot Country Songs_cell_0_8_0 "I Don't Hurt Anymore"Hot Country Songs_cell_0_8_1 Hank SnowHot Country Songs_cell_0_8_2 1954Hot Country Songs_cell_0_8_3 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_8_4
"Crazy ArmsHot Country Songs_cell_0_9_0 Ray PriceHot Country Songs_cell_0_9_1 1956Hot Country Songs_cell_0_9_2 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_9_3
19Hot Country Songs_cell_0_10_0 "Walk On By"Hot Country Songs_cell_0_10_1 Leroy Van DykeHot Country Songs_cell_0_10_2 1961–62Hot Country Songs_cell_0_10_3 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_10_4
"Bouquet Of Roses"Hot Country Songs_cell_0_11_0 Eddy ArnoldHot Country Songs_cell_0_11_1 1947–48Hot Country Songs_cell_0_11_2 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_11_3
"The Bones"Hot Country Songs_cell_0_12_0 Maren MorrisHot Country Songs_cell_0_12_1 2020Hot Country Songs_cell_0_12_2 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_12_3
18Hot Country Songs_cell_0_13_0 "H.O.L.Y."Hot Country Songs_cell_0_13_1 Florida Georgia LineHot Country Songs_cell_0_13_2 2016Hot Country Songs_cell_0_13_3 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_13_4
17Hot Country Songs_cell_0_14_0 "Heartbreak Hotel"Hot Country Songs_cell_0_14_1 Elvis PresleyHot Country Songs_cell_0_14_2 1956Hot Country Songs_cell_0_14_3 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_14_4
"Slowly"Hot Country Songs_cell_0_15_0 Webb PierceHot Country Songs_cell_0_15_1 1954Hot Country Songs_cell_0_15_2 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_15_3
"Slippin' Around"Hot Country Songs_cell_0_16_0 Jimmy Wakely and Margaret WhitingHot Country Songs_cell_0_16_1 1949–50Hot Country Songs_cell_0_16_2 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_16_3
"Die a Happy Man"Hot Country Songs_cell_0_17_0 Thomas RhettHot Country Songs_cell_0_17_1 2015–16Hot Country Songs_cell_0_17_2 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_17_3
16Hot Country Songs_cell_0_18_0 "Love's Gonna Live Here"Hot Country Songs_cell_0_18_1 Buck OwensHot Country Songs_cell_0_18_2 1963–64Hot Country Songs_cell_0_18_3 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_18_4
"Lovesick Blues"Hot Country Songs_cell_0_19_0 Hank WilliamsHot Country Songs_cell_0_19_1 1949–50Hot Country Songs_cell_0_19_2 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_19_3
"Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)"Hot Country Songs_cell_0_20_0 Tex WilliamsHot Country Songs_cell_0_20_1 1947–48Hot Country Songs_cell_0_20_2 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_20_3
"New Spanish Two Step"Hot Country Songs_cell_0_21_0 Bob WillsHot Country Songs_cell_0_21_1 1946–47Hot Country Songs_cell_0_21_2 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_21_3
"Guitar Polka"Hot Country Songs_cell_0_22_0 Al DexterHot Country Songs_cell_0_22_1 1946–47Hot Country Songs_cell_0_22_2 Hot Country Songs_cell_0_22_3

Note: Songs marked achieved their runs on the Most Played in Juke Boxes chart (published 1944-58). Hot Country Songs_sentence_34

Songs marked achieved their runs on the Best Sellers on Stores chart (published 1948-58). Hot Country Songs_sentence_35

Songs marked § achieved their runs on the Most Played by Jockeys chart (published 1949-58). Hot Country Songs_sentence_36

All songs listed for the period when multiple charts were in operation also had shorter runs at number one on the other charts not indicated. Hot Country Songs_sentence_37

In 1958 the three charts were merged to create Hot C&W Sides (now Hot Country Songs). Hot Country Songs_sentence_38

Artists with most cumulative weeks at number one Hot Country Songs_section_3

With at least 50+ weeks at # 1. Hot Country Songs_sentence_39

As of the issue of Billboard dated December 25, 2019 Hot Country Songs_sentence_40

Hot Country Songs_table_general_1

Weeks at

number oneHot Country Songs_header_cell_1_0_0

ArtistHot Country Songs_header_cell_1_0_1 SourceHot Country Songs_header_cell_1_0_2
106Hot Country Songs_cell_1_1_0 Florida Georgia LineHot Country Songs_cell_1_1_1 Hot Country Songs_cell_1_1_2
84Hot Country Songs_cell_1_2_0 George StraitHot Country Songs_cell_1_2_1 Hot Country Songs_cell_1_2_2
82Hot Country Songs_cell_1_3_0 Buck OwensHot Country Songs_cell_1_3_1 Hot Country Songs_cell_1_3_2
72Hot Country Songs_cell_1_4_0 Tim McGrawHot Country Songs_cell_1_4_1 Hot Country Songs_cell_1_4_2
72Hot Country Songs_cell_1_5_0 Kenny ChesneyHot Country Songs_cell_1_5_1 Hot Country Songs_cell_1_5_2
60Hot Country Songs_cell_1_6_0 Alan JacksonHot Country Songs_cell_1_6_1 Hot Country Songs_cell_1_6_2
57Hot Country Songs_cell_1_7_0 Sonny JamesHot Country Songs_cell_1_7_1 Hot Country Songs_cell_1_7_2
56Hot Country Songs_cell_1_8_0 Merle HaggardHot Country Songs_cell_1_8_1 Hot Country Songs_cell_1_8_2
53Hot Country Songs_cell_1_9_0 Toby KeithHot Country Songs_cell_1_9_1 Hot Country Songs_cell_1_9_2
52Hot Country Songs_cell_1_10_0 Sam HuntHot Country Songs_cell_1_10_1 Hot Country Songs_cell_1_10_2
50Hot Country Songs_cell_1_11_0 Keith UrbanHot Country Songs_cell_1_11_1 Hot Country Songs_cell_1_11_2
50Hot Country Songs_cell_1_12_0 Bebe RexhaHot Country Songs_cell_1_12_1 Hot Country Songs_cell_1_12_2

See also Hot Country Songs_section_4

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Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Country Songs.