Busbee’s Songwriting and Producing History On the Hot 100, Country Charts


He earned five No. 1s as writer or producer on Country Airplay.

Michael James Ryan, known professionally as Busbee, forged an impressive history on Billboard's charts.

As previously reported, the Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer died Sunday (Sept. 29) at age 43. He was reportedly diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, a few months ago.

Busbee lent his talents to numerous country and pop hits over the past decade. He first appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 as a songwriter in June 2009  Rascal Flatts' "Summer Nights," which reached No. 37. He landed 14 entries on the Hot 100 as a songwriter and eight as a producer to date.

Here's a look at all of his songwriting entries on the Hot 100, sorted by peak position:

Peak Pos., Artist Billing, Title, Peak Date
No. 9, P!nk, "Try," Feb. 16, 2013
No. 14, Florida Georgia Line, "H.O.L.Y.," July 16, 2016
No. 37, Timbaland feat. Katy Perry, "If We Ever Meet Again," May 15, 2010
No. 37, Rascal Flatts, "Summer Nights," Aug. 8, 2009
No. 38, Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood, "The Fighter," April 22, 2017
No. 42, Kelly Clarkson, "Dark Side," Aug. 25, 2012
No. 47, 5 Seconds of Summer, "Don't Stop," May 31, 2014
No. 50, Carly Pearce, "Every Little Thing," Nov. 4, 2017
No. 50, Maren Morris, "My Church," April 16, 2016
No. 51, Lady Antebellum, "Our Kind of Love," Sept. 25, 2010
No. 59, Lady Antebellum, "You Look Good," July 1, 2017
No. 72, Lady Antebellum, "Ready to Love Again," Jan. 30, 2010
No. 74, Maren Morris, "80s Mercedes," Jan. 21, 2017
No. 78, Hunter Hayes, "Storm Warning," Jan. 14, 2012

Busbee also produced "My Church," "The Fighter," "80s Mercedes," "You Look Good" and "Every Little Thing," plus Lauren Alaina's "Road Less Traveled" (No. 64 peak, 2017) and Morris' "I Could Use a Love Song" (No. 56, 2018) and "Rich" (No. 62, 2018).

Busbee earned five No. 1s on Country Airplay as either a producer or songwriter: "I Could Use a Love Song," "Every Little Thing," "Road Less Traveled," "H.O.L.Y." and "Our Kind of Love."

He co-produced 10 of the 11 songs, and co-wrote four, on Morris' first major-label LP Hero, which debuted at No. 1 on Top Country Albums in 2016. He earned three writing and producing credits each on Keith Urban's Ripcord, which spent five weeks atop the tally in 2016-17.

Morris and others in the music industry paid tribute to Busbee on social media following his passing. "This just doesn't seem fair," she wrote. "I will always love you and the songs and albums I was lucky to make with you, Busbee. Rest well, my sweet friend."