Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line's 'Meant to Be' a Week From Tying Record Run Atop Hot Country Songs Chart


The song reigns for a 33rd week. Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” holds the mark with 34 weeks on top in 2017.

Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" tops Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart (dated July 21) for a 33rd week. The song debuted at No. 1 on Dec. 16, 2017, and has yet to leave the summit.

If it earns one more week at No. 1, "Meant" will tie Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" (34 weeks at No. 1 in 2017) for the most time on top in the 59-year history the chart, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data.

Meanwhile, FGL has already claimed the mark for the most total weeks at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, as the duo's 89 cumulative frames on top outpace runner-up George Strait's 84.

FGL boasts six career Hot Country Songs No. 1s, with two others having logged reigns double-digit weeks each: debut smash "Cruise" ruled for 24 weeks in 2012-13 and "H.O.L.Y." dominated for 18 weeks in 2016.

NEW TOP 10s: Jason Aldean's "Drowns the Whiskey," featuring Miranda Lambert, jumps 12-9 on Country Airplay, increasing by 10 percent to 25.4 million in audience in the week ending July 15, according to Nielsen Music. "Whiskey" is Aldean's 28th Country Airplay top 10, a total that includes 18 No. 1s. Lambert lands her 12th top 10 and first since "Somethin' Bad," with Carrie Underwood, which reached No. 7 in October 2014.

Plus, Thomas Rhett banks his 12th top 10 on Country Airplay as "Life Changes" hops 13-10, gaining by 9 percent to 24.8 million impressions.

'MAN,' THAT'S HIS BEST START: Eric Church's "Desperate Man," which was released to country radio on July 12, launches at No. 23 on Country Airplay with 11 million audience impressions, his highest debut among 29 visits to the chart. The song received hourly plays on participating iHeartMedia stations on the afternoon July 12, with some stations continuing hourly spins on July 13.

Previously, Church's strongest debut on Country Airplay was "The Outsiders," which debuted and peaked at No. 25 on Nov. 9, 2013.

"Desperate," which enters Hot Country Songs at No. 45, is the title track from Church's next studio album, due Oct. 5.

Additional reporting by Gary Trust