These are the most played country songs of 2023 (so far), according to the Mediabase country chart.
Bailey Zimmerman; Photo Courtesy Aj Astle via Instagram, Morgan Wallen; Photo by Photo by Matthew Paskert , Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Lainey Wilson; Photos by Andrew Wendowski
The Top 10 country songs of 2023 (so far) have been announced.
Now that we’ve made it halfway through the year, the U.S. Radio Updater has taken to Twitter to share an updated list of the most-played songs on country radio in 2023 so far.
These tracks were pulled from the current Mediabase chart, which holds Bailey Zimmerman in the top slot for his second-ever No. 1, “Rock And A Hard Place.” The rising singer/songwriter recently celebrated this track for its success as a six-week No.1 single. Additionally, the popular song was dubbed the most-played record across the country in one single week since the Mediabase chart’s inception.
The list of fan-favorites goes on to include Morgan Wallen’s sentimental “Thought You Should Know,” which ranked No.2, as well as Kane Brown and Katelyn Brown’s heartfelt love story, “Thank God,” which claimed the No.3 spot.
Securing the final top five spots among the most played songs on country radio in 2023 are Luke Combs’ “Going, Going, Gone,” and Lainey Wilson’s “Heart Like A Truck.”
See below for a complete list of the Top 10 Country Songs of 2023 on the Mediabase chart, according to the U.S. Radio Updater.
1. “Rock And A Hard Place” – Bailey Zimmerman
Bailey Zimmerman dominated the charts with the release of this Jet Harvey, Jacob Hackworth and Heath Warren-penned song. The multi-platinum smash has also been making waves on the all-genre Billboard Global 200 chart, recently becoming his first Top 10 hit on their all-genre Hot 100 chart.
2. “Thought You Should Know” – Morgan Wallen
Earlier this year, Morgan Wallen secured his eighth career No. 1 single with “Thought You Should Know,” which also marked Miranda Lambert’s first-ever No.1 as a songwriter on a tune that was recorded by another artist. Co-penned by Wallen and Lambert alongside Nicolle Galyon, the song serves as a sweet tribute to his mom, Lesli Wallen.
3. “Thank God” – Kane Brown with Katelyn Brown
As soon as Kane Brown tapped his wife, Katelyn Brown, for “Thank God,” it became clear that the track was destined for success. The Josh Hoge, Jaxson Free, Kyle Fishman, Christian Davis, and Jared Mullins penned tune was released in September as part of Brown’s latest album, Different Man and is a now chart-topping, Platinum-certified hit.
4. “Going, Going, Gone” – Luke Combs
Since returning to country radio with “Going, Going, Gone,” Luke Combs has acquired yet another stand-out track from his from his third studio album, Growin’ Up, which was released in June of 2022. The single, which the country superstar wrote with James McNair and Ray Fulcher, has earned Combs his 15th consecutive No.1 hit.
5. “Heart Like A Truck” – Lainey Wilson
Earlier this year, Lainey Wilson earned two consecutive No. 1 hits within three weeks, breaking the record for the shortest gap between top-charting songs on U.S. country radio. Wilson scored her third career No. 1 single with “Heart Like A Truck,” off her latest Bell Bottom Country Album. This feat was followed by her fourth No. 1, a powerful duet with HARDY titled, “wait in the truck.”
6. “Handle On You” – Parker McCollum
After climbing up the charts for weeks, Parker McCollum’s “Handle On You” finally made its way to the top of the Mediabase/Country Aircheck chart in May of 2023, earning McCollum his third consecutive No. 1 hit. Luke Combs, Dan and Reid Isbell and Jamie Davis are responsible for penning the two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year’s 14th consecutive No.1.
7. “Dancin’ In The Country” – Tyler Hubbard
Tyler Hubbard has continued to make his mark on country radio as a solo artist since his split from the famed duo, Florida Georgia Line, in 2022. Within the past year, Hubbard has experienced a slew of success with songs like “Dancin’ In The Country,” which serves as the second single off his self-titled album. The upbeat track is celebrated as Hubbard’s second No. 1 hit as a solo artist and his 21st career chart topper on Country Radio.
8. “Wild As Her” – Corey Kent
After a year of streaming, Corey Kent’s debut single, “Wild As Her” reached the top spot at country radio, moving from No. 4 to No. 1 on the Mediabase chart in May of 2023. The windows-down anthem has proved to be something special for the Oklahoma native as it signifies a win not only for him, but also all the “relentless dreamers” out there.
9. “Gold” – Dierks Bentley
Dierks Bentley claimed his 22nd career No.1 with the song “Gold,” which he co-penned alongside Luke Dick, Ross Copperman, Trent Dabbs and Ashley Gorley. The title track of his 10th studio album, Gravel & Gold, sits in the middle of the collection and sets the tone for the rest of the project. The hearty tune embraces a new perspective on life and hones in on the beauty of self-awareness that applies to both his personal and professional path.
10. “She Had Me At Heads Carolina” – Cole Swindell
During a previous writing session with Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell and his fellow country star had the idea to reimagine country hitmaker Jo Dee Messina’s 1996 debut single, “Heads Carolina, Tails California.” The result was what would become Swindell’s multi-week No.1 hit, “She Had Me At Heads Carolina.” The catchy song made Swindell the only artist in 2022 to have a four-week consecutive No. 1 single.