Country music is all about the stories, and the words of country songs can be so powerful and have different meanings for each listener. This spring and summer, we have enjoyed five songs that have topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Many of the songs spent multiple weeks in the number one position.
There’s no doubt that Morgan Wallen and Luke Combs have reigned over the country charts for all of 2023. It’s their words, as well as their vocals and passion, singing the songs that we all cherish.
Combs talked with Billboard recently and reacted to Tracy Chapman's comments about his number-one song cover of her 1988 classic, “Fast Car.” In July (7/6), Chapman told Billboard, “I’m honored to be there. I’m happy for Luke and his success.”
Luke told the publication that he was surprised with the song’s country chart success. He also said that Chapman wrote what he called “this perfect song.” Combs went on to say how excited he was that his stadium size crowds related to the song and sang along each night. He said in part, “It’s so cool that Tracy is getting recognized and has reached new milestones. I love that she is out there feeling all the love and that she gave me a shout-out!”
Wallen told me not long ago his approach to writing and recording songs: “For me, I’ve always gravitated to the more personal, moodier type of songs, I think. I’ve just always been that way; it comes more naturally to me. I have to purposely write a song that’s uptempo and party-like. I think a lot of people are that way. But I enjoy those songs too. I enjoy both sides and aspects of each, but I am personally more gravitated to a sad song.”
Here, we take a look at five country songs that have dominated the country charts since March and dive into the words that we all relate to the most.