List of Billboard number-one country songs of 2016

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Thomas Rhett topped both charts throughout the month of January.

In 2016, Billboard magazine published two main charts ranking the top-performing country music songs in the United States. The Hot Country Songs chart ranked songs based on digital downloads, streaming, and airplay not only from country stations but from stations of all formats, a methodology introduced in 2012.[1] The Country Airplay listing, which had been published for the first time in 2012, was based solely on country radio airplay, a methodology which had previously been used for several decades for Hot Country Songs.[1] In 2016, nine different songs topped the Hot Country Songs chart and 40 different songs topped Country Airplay in 52 issues of the magazine.

In the first issue of Billboard of the new year, Thomas Rhett was at number one on both charts with "Die a Happy Man". On Hot Country Songs the song would continue to hold the top spot through the issue of Billboard dated March 19, finishing with a total of 17 weeks at number one.[2] The song spent six consecutive weeks atop Country Airplay, twice as long as any other song achieved in 2016. The longest run at number one on the Hot Country Songs during the year was 18 weeks, achieved by the song "H.O.L.Y." by Florida Georgia Line. This figure was also the highest total number of weeks spent in the top spot by any act, as no act achieved more than one chart-topper during the year. On the airplay listing, ten acts reached the top spot with more than one song; Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line each achieved three number ones during the year. Thomas Rhett's total of seven weeks at number one was the highest for any act.

In the issue of Billboard dated October 8, the song "Forever Country", credited to Artists of Then, Now and Forever, achieved the rare feat of entering the chart at number one. The song, a one-off collaboration between 30 country stars from various eras released to mark the 50th Annual Country Music Association Awards, was only the third track to enter at the top spot in the history of the Hot Country Songs listing.[3][4][5] A number of acts achieved their first number ones in 2016. Pop/rock singer Pink reached number one with her first song to appear on the country charts when she guested on Kenny Chesney's song "Setting the World on Fire",[6] which topped both charts. Six other acts gained their first number ones on the Country Airplay chart, beginning with Granger Smith, who topped the chart in February with "Backroad Song".[7] Two female vocalists gained their first country number ones as featured vocalists on songs by more established male stars: Cassadee Pope with Chris Young on "Think of You",[8] and Elle King with Dierks Bentley on "Different for Girls".[9] The other first-time chart-toppers were Chris Lane with "Fix",[10] Jon Pardi with "Head Over Boots",[11] and the duo LoCash with "I Know Somebody".[12] Additionally, Karen Fairchild made her first appearance at number one under her own name when she guested on Luke Bryan's song "Home Alone Tonight",[13] although she had previously reached the top spot as a member of the group Little Big Town.[14] At the end of the year Keith Urban's "Blue Ain't Your Color" was at number one on Hot Country Songs and Brett Eldredge topped Country Airplay with "Wanna Be That Song".

Chart history[edit]

Hot Country Songs[edit]

Two young blond-haired men singing into microphones. One is also playing a guitar.
"H.O.L.Y." by Florida Georgia Line spent 18 consecutive weeks at number one
A young man with brown hair singing into a microphone
Keith Urban ended the year at number one.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 2 "Die a Happy Man" Thomas Rhett [15]
January 9 [16]
January 16 [17]
January 23 [18]
January 30 [19]
February 6 [20]
February 13 [21]
February 20 [22]
February 27 [23]
March 5 [24]
March 12 [25]
March 19 [26]
March 26 "You Should Be Here" Cole Swindell [27]
April 2 [28]
April 9 [29]
April 16 [30]
April 23 "Humble and Kind" Tim McGraw [31]
April 30 "Somewhere on a Beach" Dierks Bentley [32]
May 7 [33]
May 14 [34]
May 21 "H.O.L.Y." Florida Georgia Line [35]
May 28 [36]
June 4 [37]
June 11 [38]
June 18 [39]
June 25 [40]
July 2 [41]
July 9 [42]
July 16 [43]
July 23 [44]
July 30 [45]
August 6 [46]
August 13 [47]
August 20 [48]
August 27 [49]
September 3 [50]
September 10 [51]
September 17 [52]
September 24 "Peter Pan" Kelsea Ballerini [53]
October 1 [54]
October 8 "Forever Country" Artists of Then, Now & Forever [55]
October 15 [56]
October 22 "Setting the World on Fire" Kenny Chesney featuring Pink [57]
October 29 [58]
November 5 [59]
November 12 [60]
November 19 "Blue Ain't Your Color" Keith Urban [61]
November 26 [62]
December 3 [63]
December 10 [64]
December 17 [65]
December 24 [66]
December 31 [67]

Country Airplay[edit]

A blonde woman wearing a black dress and singing into a microphone
Pop/rock singer Pink collaborated with Kenny Chesney on the chart-topper "Setting the World on Fire".
A young woman with long blonde hair
Kelsea Ballerini had two number ones in 2016.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 2 "Die a Happy Man" Thomas Rhett [68]
January 9 [69]
January 16 [70]
January 23 [71]
January 30 [72]
February 6 [73]
February 13 "Home Alone Tonight" Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild [74]
February 20 [75]
February 27 "Backroad Song" Granger Smith [76]
March 5 "Dibs" Kelsea Ballerini [77]
March 12 "Break on Me" Keith Urban [78]
March 19 "We Went" Randy Houser [79]
March 26 "Heartbeat" Carrie Underwood [80]
April 3 "Beautiful Drug" Zac Brown Band [81]
April 9 "You Should Be Here" Cole Swindell [82]
April 16 [83]
April 23 [84]
April 30 "I Like the Sound of That" Rascal Flatts [85]
May 7 "Confession" Florida Georgia Line [86]
May 14 "Think of You" Chris Young duet with Cassadee Pope [87]
May 21 "Somewhere on a Beach" Dierks Bentley [88]
May 28 [89]
June 4 "Mind Reader" Dustin Lynch [90]
June 11 "Came Here to Forget" Blake Shelton [91]
June 18 "T-Shirt" Thomas Rhett [92]
June 25 "Humble and Kind" Tim McGraw [93]
July 2 "Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day" Luke Bryan [94]
July 9 "Wasted Time" Keith Urban [95]
July 16 [96]
July 23 "Lights Come On" Jason Aldean [97]
July 30 "Church Bells" Carrie Underwood [98]
August 6 "H.O.L.Y." Florida Georgia Line [99]
August 13 "Record Year" Eric Church [100]
August 20 "Fix" Chris Lane [101]
August 27 "Head Over Boots" Jon Pardi [102]
September 3 "From the Ground Up" Dan + Shay [103]
September 10 "Make You Miss Me" Sam Hunt [104]
September 17 "American Country Love Song" Jake Owen [105]
September 24 "Peter Pan" Kelsea Ballerini [106]
October 1 "Different for Girls" Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King [107]
October 8 "You Look Like I Need a Drink" Justin Moore [108]
October 15 "It Don't Hurt Like It Used To" Billy Currington [109]
October 22 [110]
October 29 "I Know Somebody" LoCash [111]
November 5 "Setting the World on Fire" Kenny Chesney featuring Pink [112]
November 12 "Move" Luke Bryan [113]
November 19 [114]
November 26 "Middle of a Memory" Cole Swindell [115]
December 3 "A Little More Summertime" Jason Aldean [116]
December 10 "May We All" Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw [117]
December 17 [118]
December 24 "Song for Another Time" Old Dominion [119]
December 31 "Wanna Be That Song" Brett Eldredge [120]

See also[edit]

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