Dan + Shay, the duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, continue their domination of Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart and the airplay-, streaming- and sales-fueled Hot Country Songs survey (dated Jan. 12) with “Speechless.”
The love song inspired by the duo’s wives, which Smyers and Mooney co-wrote with Jordan Reynolds and Laura Veltz, leads Country Airplay for a fourth week, increasing by 15 percent to 39.4 million audience impressions in the week ending Jan. 6, according to Nielsen Music. (All but two songs gain on the chart, reflecting the first full track week after holiday music went back into hibernation.)
“It’s very fitting to start the new year with ‘Speechless’ still No. 1,” says WMN senior vp promotion and streaming Kristen Williams. “The guys have worked immensely hard to get to this point and the entire team has been tireless in efforts to execute their vision. Plus, thanks to country radio for its unending support. It’s going to be an exciting year.”
“Speechless” hit No. 1 for the first time on the Dec. 22-dated Country Airplay list. The track becomes the first four-week leader since Luke Combs‘ “She Got the Best of Me,” which led for four frames beginning on the chart dated Oct. 27, 2018.
As far as duos go, Dan + Shay is the first to stretch a stay atop Country Airplay to four weeks since 2014, when Florida Georgia Line‘s “Stay” ruled for four frames that January. The duo with the longest-running No. 1 on Country Airplay is Brooks & Dunn, whose 2001 hit “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You” held at the apex for six weeks.
Among all artists, the longest reign atop Country Airplay, which started on Jan. 20, 1990, is eight weeks, shared by two songs: Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett‘s “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” (2003) and Lonestar‘s “Amazed” (1999).
“Speechless” concurrently controls Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for a seventh week. Along with its airplay gain, the song increases by 19 percent to 10.5 million U.S. streams in the week ending Jan. 3, as it returns to its No. 2 peak on Country Streaming Songs (8-2), and spends a ninth week atop Country Digital Song Sales (17,000 sold, down 26 percent).
As Dan + Shay have now topped Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay simultaneously for four weeks running, the act is the first to spend that much time atop both tallies at the same time since Thomas Rhett, who led the lists for a record six consecutive weeks simultaneously in January and February 2016 with “Die a Happy Man.”
Plus, as “Speechless” paces Hot Country Songs, the pair’s “Tequila” logs a 17th week at its No. 2 peak, setting the mark for the longest run at the runner-up spot. It passes Brett Young‘s “In Case You Didn’t Know,” which peaked at No. 2 for 16 weeks in 2017.
Dan + Shay place at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously on Hot Country Songs for a fourth week, the most among duos and now the second-best sum overall, passing Buck Owens‘ three-week double-up in 1964. Dan + Shay trail only Luke Bryan, who controlled the top two on Hot Country Songs at the same time for nine weeks in 2014. The only other artists to claim the top two Hot Country Songs spots in the same frames are Florida Georgia Line (two weeks, 2018), Taylor Swift (one, 2012) and Willie Nelson (two, 1982).
COMBS STILL ‘BEST’ Luke Combs’ “She Got the Best of Me” has now ranked in the Country Airplay top five for 15 weeks, as it dips 4-5 with 34 million audience impressions, up 17 percent.
As mentioned above, “Best” led the list for four weeks starting Oct. 27; it has resided in the survey’s top five since it jumped 9-5 on Oct. 6. “Best” now stands alone in second place for the longest run in the top five and is a week from tying the record, held by Sam Hunt‘s “Body Like a Back Road”: 16 weeks, in 2017.
“Best” breaks out of a tie with five other tracks that each spent 14 frames in the Country Airplay top five: Kane Brown‘s “Heaven” (2018); Rascal Flatts‘ “My Wish” (2006-07); Tim McGraw‘s “Live Like You Were Dying” (2004); Faith Hill‘s “Breathe” (1999-2000); and Lonestar’s “Amazed” (1999).