By Maxim Mower
Thanks to Morgan and Luke, country songs now hold the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in 42 years. It's the first time this has happened since Eddie Rabbitt’s ‘I Love a Rainy Night’ and Dolly Parton’s iconic ‘9 to 5’ went No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in 1981.
Morgan has spent the past few months setting chart records and breaking new territory for country music, but this latest achievement feels like it has been given a sheen of additional significance. It undoubtedly elevates Morgan and Luke's status from modern country trailblazers to all-time greats, and it highlights the thriving state of the genre in 2023.
Morgan Wallen's ‘Last Night’ holds onto the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the 12th nonconsecutive week, while Luke Combs’ ‘Fast Car’ leaps into the second position, matching his highest ever ranking on the chart. Luke previously scored a Hot 100 No. 2 with his What You See Ain't Always What You Get ballad, ‘Forever After All’.
In addition, the album that spawned Wallen's latest Hot 100 chart-topping hit, One Thing A Time, has held onto its position at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for its 14th week.
It seems it won't be long before Morgan Wallen notches his tenth No. 1 hit, with another fan-favourite track from One Thing At A Time, ‘Everything I Love’, being shipped to Country Radio this week.
Luke Combs is hoping to score his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 with ‘Fast Car’, with the North Carolina native's Tracy Chapman cover continuing to gain momentum.
Even if it doesn't manage to dislodge ‘Last Night’ on the Hot 100, it does look set to usurp Morgan Wallen's beat-driven anthem on the Mediabase Country chart in the coming days.
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