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Sam Hunt’s ‘Body Like a Back Road’ Breaks 55-Year Hot Country Songs Chart Record

Sam Hunt Billboard Hot Country Songs chart record
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Sam Hunt‘s current single, “Body Like a Back Road,” has broken a 55-year-old record on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Now spending its 20th week at No. 1, the song makes Hunt the solo artist with the longest run at the top of the 59-year-old Hot Country Songs chart.

Billboard reports that Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” bested Leroy Van Dyke’s 19-week run at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, with his song “Walk on By,” to set the chart’s new record. The overall chart record for most weeks at No. 1 belongs to Florida Georgia Line, who spent 24 weeks at No. 1 with “Cruise” in 2012 and 2013.

In addition to topping the Hot Country Songs chart for a 20th week, “Body Like a Back Road” is also at the top of Billboard‘s Country Streaming Songs and Country Digital Song Sales charts for a 20th week each. The song is also spending its 13th week in the Country Airplay chart’s Top 5; it currently sits at No. 4, after a three-week run at No. 1.

Written by Hunt, Zach Crowell (who also produced the track), Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally following Hunt’s engagement to now-wife Hannah Lee Fowler, “Body Like a Back Road” is a short, laid-back song with lyrics to match. The singer says that the track helped “lighten up” what was shaping up to be a “heavy” sophomore album.

“I’ve been writing songs over the past, I guess, year and a half, trying to conceptualize a new record, and it kinda started taking a heavy direction, and I sat down at one point and was like, ‘Okay, I’m gonna lighten this up a little bit, it needs a lighter flair,’” Hunt recalls. “[“Body Like a Back Road”] sort of swings, and hopefully it’s easy to listen to and will put a smile on some folks’ faces.”

As far as Hunt’s second album goes, fans can expect to hear more songs from the country star before the record itself drops. According to Universal Music Group Nashville president Cindy Mabe, there is a timetable in place for the release of Hunt’s highly anticipated sophomore album; however, in the meantime, fans will get to hear new singles “every few months until the album is ready,” says Hunt’s manager, Brad Belanger. For his part, Hunt explains that “putting out music as it’s made, versus holding it until an album’s finished, allows me to be more timely and maintain balance.”

Hunt is currently out on the road for his 15 in a 30 Tour.

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