Kenney Chesney Earns 36th No. 1 At Country Radio With ‘Take Her Home’

Chesney is on his way to becoming the record-holder for the most Top 10 singles on the Country Airplay Chart.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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June 14, 2024

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Kenny Chesney; Photo by Allister Ann

Kenny Chesney’s “Take Her Home” has scored the top spot on Billboard Country Airplay this week.

Country radio insider Chris Owen reports that this feat marks Chesney’s 33rd No. 1 on Billboard Country Airplay and 36th overall No. 1 at country radio.  

Now with 61 Top 10 singles to his name, the Knoxville, TN native also ties one of his musical idols, George Strait for achieving the most top 10 singles since Country Airplay began in January of 1990. If he claims one more top-charting track, Chesney will become the official record-holder. 

The Song Explores The Highs And Lows Of A Couple’s Journey Together

Written by Hardy, Zach Abend and Hunter Phelps, “Take Her Home” takes listeners on a journey through a love story that begins downtown in a random bar on New Years Eve. In each verse, Chesney introduces a new phase of life for this couple while lending his vocals to the raw emotions that so many fans can relate to. 

“Take her home, fall in love/ Thank the good Lord up above/ That He sent one down into your arms/ And put a chain around your raise-hell heart,” he delivers on the chorus.

The smooth track also closely resembles Chesney’s 2003 chart-topper, “There Goes My Life,” which also chronicles a series of life’s most delicate chapters, but from the perspective of a young parent. 

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What Made Kenny Chesney Fall In Love With “Take Her Home”?

While previously reflecting on what drew him to cut his latest No. 1, Chesney admits it was the heartfelt narrative that struck a chord with him as it served as a reminder of some moments he has encountered along his own journey. 

“When I heard ‘Take Her Home,’ I just laughed,” Chesney says of the song. “It was everything life is made of in less than four minutes. It’s true, honest and all the stuff that’s easy to forget. All those details and little moments? The deep cut Cheap Trick, the black-and-pink suitcase in the back of the truck, a 7 pound, 5 ounce baby? That’s what makes these kinds of life changes what they are. And it’s funny: no matter what stage you’re in, you really are always scared. That’s how you know it’s gonna be worth it.”

“Take Her Home” is featured on Kenny Chesney’s 20th studio album, BORN, which dropped in March. This 15-track project marks the country star’s fans the first taste of new music since 2020’s Here and Now.

Sun Goes Down 2024 Tour Continues To Hit Stadiums Across The U.S.

Kenny Chesney performing in Tampa, FL on the opening night of his Sun Goes Down Tour
Kenny Chesney; Photo by Jill Trunnell

Presented by Blue Chair Bay® Rum, Kenny Chesney’s Sun Goes Down 2024 Tour will continue to bring high energy and summertime anthems to stadiums through August. The eight-time Entertainer of the Year launched the run on April at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida and this weekend, on June 15, he will make his way to Chicago, IL to perform at Soldier Field.

Zac Brown Band, Megan Moroney, and Uncle Kracker have all been tapped to appear as special guests on the tour.  

There will be plenty more chances to catch this lineup of country stars throughout the summer. Visit kennychesney.com to see where they will be perfoming next. 

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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.