Sam Hunt doesn't just break hearts with his music — he breaks records too. The groundbreaking country music star is making history for spending a whopping twenty straight weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and is laying claim to a record previously held for the last 55 years. Hunt now lays claim to the longest run ever at the top of the 59-year old chart.
According to Billboard, the prior record holder was Leroy Van Dyke, who stayed atop the Hot Country Songs chart for 19 consecutive weeks with his song “Walk On By." While country duo Florida Georgia Line holds the overall chart record, (meaning across all Billboards charts), when they spent 24 weeks at the top with their smash hit “Cruise" in 2012 and 2013, this is nonetheless a massive accomplishment for Hunt.
Not only is he on that 20-week hot streak, his single, “Body Like A Back Road" is also at the apex of Billboard's Country Streaming Songs and Country Digital Song Sales charts for — you guessed it — 20 straight weeks. And if that weren't enough, the song is celebrating its 13th week in the Country Airplay chart's Top 5, currently sitting at No. 4 after a three-week stint at No. 1.
Artist: Sam Hunt. Credit: Rick Diamond, Getty Images
“Body Like A Back Road" was released to country radio on February 1, and just four months later, towards the end of June, has earned RIAA double and triple platinum certification. Surprisingly, the song wasn't even in the mix when Hunt began conceptualizing a new set of songs a year and a half ago. It didn't fit the vibe. Originally, Hunt revealed, he was “taking a heavy direction," and “Body Like A Back Road" didn't come in to the fold until the very end when he realized his latest batch of music needed “a lighter flair."
Now, as Hunt explained, he has a tune that is “not that polarizing of a song," appeals to many tastes, and leaves him “so glad that this song has reacted right off the bat and I don't feel like I'm behind the eight ball."
Hunt is still going strong on his 15 in a 30 Tour, where he gets to bring his record-breaking song to life.