Blake Shelton’s ‘God’s Country’ Zooms to the Top of the Charts
In the mere four months since Blake Shelton released "God's Country" to country radio, the single has shot up the charts at a breakneck pace, quickly topping both the Mediabase / Country Aircheck and Billboard Country Airplay charts. "God's Country" also became the fastest country single in the past year to hit 1 million track equivalents.
The No. 1 hit marks another milestone for Shelton, too. The song is his 26th career No. 1 hit, which officially ties him with superstars George Strait and Alan Jackson in third place on the list of artists with the most No. 1 singles on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
Shelton (along with Strait and Jackson) are beat out only by Tim McGraw (in second place, with 29 No. 1 hits) and Kenny Chesney (who tops the list, with 30 No. 1s to his name). The Billboard Country Airplay chart was launched in 1990, and tracks chart-topping hits ever since that time.
"This is such a powerful song, and I'm so proud of be a part of it," Shelton says of "God's Country" in a press release. "When I first heard the song, I thought it sounded like a remedy. Like a cure. It just sounds like a missing link in country music for the last 10 or 12 years. It feels like a combination of "Ol' Red" and "Country Boy Can Survive" to me, which definitely have a place in country music. Those songs are just rare."
"God's Country" was written by Hardy and Devin Dawson, two country up-and-comers who have already proven their potential as hitmakers, along with ace songwriter Jordan Schmidt. The song is Dawson's first No. 1 as a songwriter.
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