Country music speeds to the top of the Billboard charts

Country tops the charts

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The Future. For the first time in over 40 years, two country songs are occupying both the #1 and #2 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. While hip-hop and pop have ruled the charts over the past decade, country may have always been as popular — it just took the genre’s fans longer to transition to streaming, according to SiriusXM/Pandora general manager Steve Blatter.

Them good ole’ hits
Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night” and Luke Combs’ cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” are ruling the charts.

  • “Last Night” has reigned atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 12 weeks straight, while “Fast Car” parked in second place this week.
  • Forbes reports that it’s the first time two country songs have been in the top two spots since 1981.
  • They’re also in the same positions on Billboard’s top streaming songs chart, with “Last Night” accumulating 29.8 million streams, and “Fast Car” zooming past 21.2 million.

Additionally, Wallen’s One Thing at a Time is only behind Adele’s 21 in most non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard top albums chart, while the supporting tour is the first country one to top Billboard’s top tour chart.

It’s all a sign of the times as country music surges in popularity — country music streaming jumped 58% in the past three years.


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