Jelly Roll Ties Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen For Most No. 1’s On U.S. Country Radio By A Male Artist In 2023

These artists dominated the charts in 2023.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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December 4, 2023

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Jelly Roll, Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs; Photos Provided

Jelly Roll recently nabbed his third No. 1 at Country radio, aligning him with Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen, who have also earned three chart-toppers this year. 

As reported by U.S. Radio Updater, these three country stars are now tied for “the most No. 1’s by a male artist on US Country Radio (Mediabase) this year.”

Jelly Roll; Photo by John Russell/CMA
Jelly Roll; Photo by John Russell/CMA

Which Jelly Roll Songs Went To No.1 This Year?

Back in January, Jelly Roll earned his first No. 1 hit at Country radio with “Son Of A Sinner.” This milestone was followed by two more top-charting tracks – “Need A Favor” and his latest, “Save Me” with Lainey Wilson. 

When the genre-bending artist learned he had made his debut at the top of the charts, he took to social media to pen a lengthy message detailing the flood of emotions that came as a result of this accomplishment.

“There is no greater reward for a singer and songwriter in Nashville Tennessee than to have the #1 song on country radio,” Jelly Roll wrote in the beginning of his post. 

Photo Courtesy Morgan Wallen, Instagram
Photo Courtesy Morgan Wallen, Instagram

Which Morgan Wallen Songs Went To No.1 This Year?

Morgan Wallen also had a strong start to his year as he landed his eighth career No. 1 at country radio in February with “Thought You Should Know.” The tune, which made a major impact at Country radio upon its release with 64 first-week adds, appears on Wallen’s latest album, One Thing At A Time. Throughout the year, the Tennessee native’s massive album went on to spawn two more No. 1 hits.

Just 11 weeks after “Thought You Should Know” rose to the top, he earned his ninth No. 1 with “Last Night.” The catchy tune reached the highest spot on the Billboard Country Airplay chart just 7 weeks after it was officially sent to radio and 11 weeks after its release. 

The distance between this string of No. 1’s found Wallen breaking yet another record for the quickest time to acquire two No.1s by a single artist. According to Billboard, the last country star to climb up the charts this fast was Luke Bryan with “Kick The Dust Up” and “Strip It Down” in 2015.  

Finally, Wallen secured his 10th No. 1 hit with the fan-favorite, “Thinkin’ Bout Me.” As reported by Country radio insider, Chris Owen, this song claimed it’s chart-topping success just nine weeks after it entered the Top 30, another incredibly speedy feat for the Tennessee native. 

Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Which Luke Combs Songs Went To No.1 This Year?

As for Combs, 2023 has earned him a top spot on the charts with “Going, Going, Gone,” which appears on his 2022 project, Growin’ Up, as well as his cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” and “Love You Anyway” off his latest album, Gettin’ Old.

With “Going, Going, Gone” being his 15th No. 1 as of March, Combs achieved chart history for having the longest consecutive streak of No. 1 hits for an artist since their debut single. Furthermore, this achievement makes Combs one of the fastest artists to rack up 15 No. 1 hits, aligning him with country music icons like Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, and Alabama.

The chart history continued into August when the U.S. Radio Updater took to X to announce that Combs had become the first artist in history to have two solo songs charting simultaneously in the Top 10 on US Country Radio (Mediabase) and Billboard’s Country Airplay charts with the 2x Platinum “Fast Car” and “Love You Anyway.” 

With this feat, the country superstar made history as the first artist to have two solo songs claim the No.1 and No.2 spot on the Billboard Country Airplay chart since its inception in 1990. Luke Bryan previously held the No.1 and No.2 positions in 2014 when he claimed the top spot with his chart-topping hit, “Play it Again,” while simultaneously occupying the second position with Florida Georgia Line’s “This is How We Roll,” which Bryan was featured on.

“Fast Car” marks Combs’ 16th consecutive No.1 single on country radio and “Love You Anyway” marks his 17th top-charting hit. 

With Jelly Roll, Luke Combs, and Morgan Wallen each continuing to solidify their rankings on the U.S. country radio mediabase, they are simultaneously gearing up for another year of headlining shows and are on track to welcome more No. 1s in the future. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.