August 6

Look Back: The Hit that Once Topped the Chart the Longest


Look Back: The Hit that Once Topped the Chart the Longest 1
Sam Hunt | Photo credit: coub.com

Sure enough, the defining moment in the musical career of the young country music star Sam Hunt was when his “Body Like a Back Road” made history. The single did not only top the country chart but it also occupied the said position for 34 consecutive weeks. Back in 2017, the song was the most played or listened to by, certainly, younger generations of country music fanatics. Of course, a huge part of this commercial success was also attributed to the new chart rules implemented by Billboard in 2012. Prior to Hunt, the country music duo Florida Georgia Line was the first to get benefited by such revamp. Their 2012 release Cruise” logged 24 weeks at No. 1 beating three songs with the longest week on the chart’s summit (21 weeks) before the 1960’s.

Okay, going back to “Body Like a Back Road,” below is a brief look back to this song that once stormed the country music chart.

“Body Like a Back Road”

Definitely the biggest country music hit of 2017, “Body Like a Back Road” is the first single from Hunt’s sophomore studio album of the same title. He co-wrote the song with his producer Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne. According to McAnally and Osborne, they originally wrote a sixteen-verse song but eventually settled on the last two. Hunt aimed for the song to be something that listeners must feel. The singer revealed that the inspiration of the song was no other than his now-wife, Hannah Lee Fowler. Back then, the couple had a break-up but shortly after they got back together and were engaged, that’s when the song was created. The singer further described the tune as “a lighthearted song” which is contrary to the “heavy direction” that the album was taking.

Commercial Acclaims

“Body Like a Back Road” was released as a single on February 2, 2017. Toward the end of the month, the song hit No. 1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. And for the next 34 weeks, the song enjoyed the chart’s highest spot. This chart performance shattered Leroy Van Dyke‘s 55-year-old record on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart’s 59-year-old history. The said record pertains in particular to Dyke’s Walk On By” having spent the longest run at No. 1 by a solo artist.

Aside from the Hot Country Songs chart, “Body Like a Back Road” also topped the Country Airplay list and remained in the Top Five for at least 13 consecutive weeks. It likewise dominated Billboard’s Country Streaming Songs and Country Digital Songs charts while receiving play on Adult Contemporary radios. These suggested the song’s vitality almost everywhere. While other country music artists strive to have a superior place for their songs on the chart, Hunt’s single proved undefeated for almost three quarters of 2017. On March 22, 2018, the Recording Industry Association of America conferred a 5X platinum certification to “Body Like a Back Road.”

Listen to the audio video for Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” below.

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Body Like a Back Road, Josh Osborne, No. 1 song for 34 weeks, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Zach Crowell

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