List of Billboard number-one country songs of 2018

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With the issue of Billboard dated August 4, 2018, "Meant to Be" by Bebe Rexha (pictured) and Florida Georgia Line broke the record for the longest run at number one on the Hot Country Songs chart, having been in the top spot for 35 weeks.[1] The song's run at number one ultimately extended to 50 weeks at the top.

Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay are the two main charts that rank the top-performing country music songs in the United States, published by Billboard magazine. Hot Country Songs ranks songs based on digital downloads, streaming, and airplay not only from country stations but from stations of all formats, a methodology introduced in 2012.[2] Country Airplay, which was published for the first time in 2012, is based solely on country radio airplay, a methodology which had previously been used for several decades for Hot Country Songs.[2] In 2018, three different songs topped the Hot Country Songs chart and 32 different songs topped Country Airplay in 52 issues of the magazine.

In 2018, the Country Airplay chart began with "Like I Loved You" by Brett Young holding the top position, while "Meant to Be" by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line held the number one spot on Hot Country Songs, continuing a run that had begun on the chart dated December 16, 2017.[3] When "Meant to Be" spent an eleventh week in the top spot in February, it overtook Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" as the longest-running number one song on the chart for a lead female artist.[3] In August, the song spent a 35th consecutive week in the top spot and broke the record previously held by 2017's "Body Like a Back Road" by Sam Hunt for the most weeks at number one on the chart.[1] "Meant to Be" ultimately held the top spot on the Hot Country Songs listing until the issue of Billboard dated November 24, 2018, when it was replaced at number one after 50 weeks by "Lose It" by Kane Brown. This was the second number one for Brown after "What Ifs", which had coincidentally ended Hunt's then-record run the previous year.[4] The longest-tenured number one single on Country Airplay in 2018 was "She Got the Best of Me" by Luke Combs, with four weeks spent at the top.

Several artists achieved their first career number ones by virtue of topping the Country Airplay chart in 2018. Russell Dickerson had his first number one with "Yours" on the chart dated January 27,[5] Scotty McCreery with "Five More Minutes" on the chart dated March 3,[6] Jordan Davis with "Singles You Up" on the chart dated April 21,[7] Morgan Wallen with "Up Down" on June 30,[8] and Jimmie Allen with "Best Shot" on November 24.[9] "Best Shot" also made Allen the second African-American country artist to reach number one with a debut single, ten years after Darius Rucker topped Hot Country Songs with his first single.[9] In the issue of Billboard dated December 15, Allen's song became the first since 2008 to drop from number one and then regain the top spot on a chart based on country radio airplay.[10] In addition, Maren Morris had her first solo number-one single with "I Could Use a Love Song" on the chart dated January 20, after having previously topped the chart as a featured artist on Thomas Rhett's "Craving You" in July 2017,[11] and Chris Stapleton and Bebe Rexha reached the number one spot on Country Airplay for the first time, having previously topped Hot Country Songs.[12][13] In June, David Lee Murphy had his first chart-topping single for more than 20 years when "Everything's Gonna Be Alright", a duet with Kenny Chesney, topped the airplay-based chart. Murphy had last achieved a number one with "Dust on the Bottle" in 1995.[14]

Chart history[edit]

A young man with shoulder-length brown hair and a young man with a blond ponytail wearing a white cowboy hat
Florida Georgia Line (Tyler Hubbard (top) and Brian Kelley) collaborated with Bebe Rexha on her record-breaking number one "Meant to Be". In doing so, they took their total number of weeks spent at number one on the Hot Country Songs chart past 100.[15]
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Brett Young began the year at number one on the airplay chart and was one of three artists to spend five weeks in the top spot during 2018.
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"Five More Minutes" gave Scotty McCreery his first number one.
Issue date Hot Country Songs Artist(s) Ref. Country Airplay Artist(s) Ref.
January 3 "Meant to Be" Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line [16] "Like I Loved You" Brett Young [17]
January 6 [18] [19]
January 13 [20] [21]
January 20 [22] "I Could Use a Love Song" Maren Morris [23]
January 27 [24] "Yours" Russell Dickerson [25]
February 3 [26] [27]
February 10 [28] "Losing Sleep" Chris Young [29]
February 17 [30] "Written in the Sand" Old Dominion [31]
February 24 [32] "Legends" Kelsea Ballerini [33]
March 3 [34] "Five More Minutes" Scotty McCreery [35]
March 10 [36] "Marry Me" Thomas Rhett [37]
March 17 [38] [39]
March 24 [40] "Broken Halos" Chris Stapleton [41]
March 31 [42] "Most People Are Good" Luke Bryan [43]
April 7 [44] [45]
April 14 [46] [47]
April 21 [48] "Singles You Up" Jordan Davis [49]
April 28 [50] "Meant to Be" Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line [51]
May 5 [52] "You Make It Easy" Jason Aldean [53]
May 12 [54] [55]
May 19 [56] "Heaven" Kane Brown [57]
May 26 [58] [59]
June 2 [60] "For the First Time" Darius Rucker [61]
June 9 [62] "One Number Away" Luke Combs [63]
June 16 [64] "Woman, Amen" Dierks Bentley [65]
June 23 [66] "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" David Lee Murphy and Kenny Chesney [67]
June 30 [68] "Up Down" Morgan Wallen featuring Florida Georgia Line [69]
July 7 [70] "Tequila" Dan + Shay [71]
July 14 [72] [73]
July 21 [74] "Get Along" Kenny Chesney [75]
July 28 [76] [77]
August 4 [78] "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)" Jake Owen [79]
August 11 [80] "Mercy" Brett Young [81]
August 18 [82] [83]
August 25 [84] "Drowns the Whiskey" Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert [85]
September 1 [86] [87]
September 8 [88] "Life Changes" Thomas Rhett [89]
September 15 [90] "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset" Luke Bryan [91]
September 22 [92] [93]
September 29 [94] "Hotel Key" Old Dominion [95]
October 6 [96] [97]
October 13 [98] "Blue Tacoma" Russell Dickerson [99]
October 20 [100] "Simple" Florida Georgia Line [101]
October 27 [102] "She Got the Best of Me" Luke Combs [103]
November 3 [104] [105]
November 10 [106] [107]
November 17 [108] [109]
November 24 "Lose It" Kane Brown [110] "Best Shot" Jimmie Allen [111]
December 1 "Speechless" Dan + Shay [112] [113]
December 8 [114] "Lose It" Kane Brown [115]
December 15 [116] "Best Shot" Jimmie Allen [117]
December 22 [118] "Speechless" Dan + Shay [119]
December 29 [120] [121]

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References[edit]

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