Luke Bryan Makes History With No. 1 and No. 2 Country Airplay Singles
There’s no stopping the hip-shaking, country crooning, lovable country star known as Luke Bryan. He’s the first artist in the Billboard Country Airplay Chart’s 24-year history to lock in the top two spots.
Bryan has set the precedent (cue artists scrambling for high-level collaborations), which hasn’t been touched since the chart’s genesis. Additionally, on the Hot Country Songs chart, Bryan has claimed Nos. 1 and 2 with these two hits for four of the past five weeks, making him the man on top.
There are only two artists that have come close to something similar since 1958, when multiple country rankings were rolled into a singular chart, Taylor Swift and legend Buck Owens doubled up on their top spots. Swift’s ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ hit No. 1 the same week ‘Red’ was released as a preview cut, rocketing to No. 2, in Oct. 2012.
Owens’ ‘Together Again’ and ‘My Heart Skips a Beat’ earned him a double-whammy in June/July 1964, when the songs traded places at the top — and stayed there for three weeks.