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.
“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.
“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.”
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.