Jake Owen Shares Message of Gratitude After Earning 10th No.1 Single with ‘Best Thing Since Backroads’

Jake Owen earned his 10th career No.1 single this week when “Best Thing Since Backroads” claimed the top spot on…


Lauren Jo Black

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August 2, 2022


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Jake Owen earned his 10th career No.1 single this week when “Best Thing Since Backroads” claimed the top spot on the Country Aircheck/Mediabase chart. 

The Florida native took to social media to react to the news and took the time to thank his team, country radio and the fans for making it possible. 

Jake Owen - Best Thing Since Backroads
Jake Owen – Best Thing Since Backroads

“Let’s go! Boys and girls, the #1 song in all the land of country music,” Owen excitedly shared. “Thank you so much, holy frickin’ cow. It’s a Monday and having the #1 song in America is unbelievable. I could not do this first and foremost without the songwriters; you guys wrote an incredible song that’s only elevating my career. I have 10 #1 songs – I can’t even wrap my head around that. It took me seven years to get my first #1, and to think all these summers later we’re still cranking them out. To the fans – oh my gosh, the fans. You are the best thing since backroads, you have given me this life, I love you guys. You make country music what it is and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Co-written by Ben Johnson, Jordan Minton, Hunter Phelps and Geoff Warburton, and produced by Joey Moi, the foot-stomping country love song was an instant hit at radio with 85 stations adding the track to rotation in the first week. 

Infused with Owen’s signature country/rock sound “Best Thing Since Backroads” finds the country hitmaker comparing his lover to a ride down a country road. 

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“You’re the best thing since backroads, baby/ Pedal to the metal with the windows down/ Sunshine setting on a cross that saved me/ Hanging from a rearview in red dirt clouds/ Two-lane heaven’s one hell of a view/ But it ain’t got nothing on you/ Driving this good old country boy crazy/ You’re the best thing since back roads, baby,” he sings on the chorus. 

The release of “Best Thing Since Backroads” opened a new chapter in Owen’s career as he followed with songs like “Fishin’ On A River,” “Up There Down Here,” and his latest release, “1×1.”

Jake Owen; Photo by Matt Paskert 1
Jake Owen; Photo by Matt Paskert

Owen will soon head to Canada to headline Boots & Hearts Music Festival. Later this month, he will jet down to Atlantis Paradise Island to kick off the first-ever “Atlantis Country Week” at the Caribbean destination. Owen’s performance will take place on Saturday, August 20. Information regarding tickets and room packages can be found by clicking HERE.  

Jake Owen’s Up There Down Here Tour continues through the fall. A full list of tour dates can be found HERE

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.