Lainey Wilson Breaks The Record For Shortest Gap Between No. 1 Hits On US Country Radio

Wilson broke the record previously held by Crystal Gayle.


Madeleine O’Connell

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April 26, 2023


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Lainey Wilson; Photo by Alysse Gafkjen

Lainey Wilson continues to rise to the top of her game and is breaking records along the way. According to US Radio Updater, it was revealed that the country star has earned two consecutive No. 1 hits within three weeks, breaking the record for the shortest gap between top-charting songs on US Country Radio. 

The previous record holder was Crystal Gayle, who produced back-to-back No. 1’s between eight weeks in 1983. 

Wilson scored her third career No. 1 single with “Heart Like A Truck,” off her latest Bell Bottom Country Album. This feat was followed by her fourth No. 1, a powerful duet with HARDY titled, “wait in the truck.” 

With both songs claiming a spot in the Top 10 at country radio, the “Things A Man Oughta Know” singer was named “the first female artist in over a decade to achieve this feat.”

“wait in the truck” Became An Instant Hit

In April, “wait in the truck” landed at the top of the Mediabase Country Airplay Chart, securing HARDY’s third No.1 as an artist and Wilson’s fourth (according to country radio insider Chris Owen).

Debuting in August of last year, “Wait In The Truck,” became an instant hit among both audiences, as it was the most-added song at country radio with 57 first-week stations when it impacted airwaves on Monday, August 29, 2022.

Co-penned by HARDY with Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt, and Renee Blair, this murder ballad also holds an abundance of power. It tells the story of a woman who has experienced ongoing domestic abuse but is ultimately saved by a stranger who takes matters into his own hands. While the woman gains a new level of freedom, she also finds herself feeling torn between her emotions of guilt and relief. 

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Together, the artists also created an accompanying music video that acts as a cinematic masterpiece. The Justin Clough-directed clip plays out like a movie and follows each line of the song perfectly, bringing the dark storyline to life.

Last month, the music video was chosen as the winning Collaborative Video of the Year at the 2023 CMT Music Awards.

HARDY and Lainey Wilson attend the 2023 CMT Music Awards; Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for CMT
HARDY and Lainey Wilson attend the 2023 CMT Music Awards; Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for CMT

HARDY and Lainey Wilson are potentially looking at another round of wins as they are among the most-nominated artists at the upcoming 58th Academy Of Country Music Awards. 

HARDY leads with seven nominations, including Song of the Year and Artist-Songwriter of the Year, while Wilson earned six nods, including Female Artist of the Year.

“wait in the truck” also earned three nominations, including Visual Media Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Music Event Of The Year.

“Heart Like A Truck”

Meanwhile, her other fan-favorite hit, “Heart Like A Truck,” serves as the lead single off Wilson’s latest album, Bell Bottom Country,

Co-written by the Louisiana native, Trannie Anderson and Dallas Wilson, the mid-tempo tune compares her heart to a truck, while sharing the message that it’s okay to experience all the highs and lows of heartache. 

This is a feeling that most people have unfortunately encountered, even the hit country star. In the emotional track, she also stresses the importance of learning how to keep going and stay motivated to find some light at the end of the tunnel, which can often seem never-ending. 

Wilson has gotten the chance to showcase this song on many different platforms from late-night TV to major award show stages, the Grand Ole Opry, and more. 

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Lainey Wilson recently wrapped up her first-ever headlining trek, dubbed the Country With A Flare Tour in support of her latest project, Bell Bottom Country

This completely sold-out stint of shows kicked off on January 4 in Spokane, WA and came to a close in March. The Yellowstone actress’ current run comes in support of Luke Combs’ 2023 stadium tour. 

She is next slated to take the stage on Wednesday, April 26 in Kansas City, MO, before joining Combs at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA on April 29. 

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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.