Lainey Wilson Is The Female Country Artist With The Most No. 1 Hits This Decade

The accolades keep rolling in for Wilson.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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December 4, 2023

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Photo Courtesy of Lainey Wilson

Lainey Wilson is adding to her resume of historic feats on US Country Radio as she now holds the record for the most No. 1 hits by a female country artist in this decade, with a total of six.

U.S. Radio Updater took to X to announce this milestone achievement in addition to the news (shared via Chris Huff) that dubs Wilson the first female artist in history to earn four number-ones on the Mediabase Country Airplay chart in a single calendar year. She earned this title as a result of her own top-charting tunes “Heart Like A Truck” and “Watermelon Moonshine” off her Bell Bottom Country album, as well as her features on “Wait In The Truck” with HARDY and “Save Me” with Jelly Roll.

According to the outlet, the only other female artists to earn multiple No. 1’s on Mediabase within this decade include Carly Pearce with three No. 1’s followed by Gabby Barrett, Gwen Stefani, Ingrid Andress, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, and Miranda Lambert, who have each racked up two chart toppers.

Lainey Wilson Also Surpasses Jelly Roll, Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen

In another post on X, U.S Radio Updater also noted that Wilson has officially surpassed the ranks of Jelly Roll, Luke Combs, and Morgan Wallen as the artists with the most No.1s No. 1s on US Country Radio in 2023.

The “Smell Like Smoke” singer notched her latest No. 1 with her feature on Jelly Roll’s “Save Me.” Upon its debut to airwaves on September 5, the collaborative tune was most-added with an impressive 60 first-week adds on stations around the country. On Friday, the song rose to the very top of Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, and it now claimed the top spot on the Mediabase Country Airplay chart as well. The reimagined version of “Save Me” featuring Wilson appears on Jelly Roll’s latest albumWHITSITT CHAPEL, which arrived on June 2, 2023. 

Lainey Wilson, Jelly Roll; Photo Courtesy Instagram
Lainey Wilson, Jelly Roll; Photo Courtesy Instagram

Wilson’s five previous Mediabase chart-toppers include “Watermelon Moonshine,” “Heart Like A Truck,” “wait in the truck” with HARDY, “Never Say Never” with Cole Swindell, and “Things A Man Oughta Know.”  

“Watermelon Moonshine” saw the fastest climb to No.1 for a solo female song at country radio since Carrie Underwood’s “Church Bells” in 2016. The tune later claimed the No.1 spot on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart for the three consecutive weeks, making Wilson tied with Barrett’s “The Good Ones” for the longest-running solo female chart-topper this decade so far. 

Adding To Wilson’s Most Recent Run Of Milestone Achievements

Lainey Wilson; Photo by Jamie Schramm/CMA
Lainey Wilson; Photo by Jamie Schramm/CMA

This set of chart-topping feats comes hot on the heels of one of Wilson’s most distinguished weeks of the year. During the 57th Annual CMA Awards on November 8, she was named CMA Entertainer of the Year making her the first female to receive the honor since Taylor Swift in 2011. She also took home four additional CMA trophies out of the nine nominations she earned ahead of the evening. 

Later that week, the Louisiana native earned her first-ever GRAMMY nominations in the categories of Best Country Album with Bell Bottom Country and Country Duo/Group Performance for her collaboration on Jelly Roll’s “Save Me.”

Country’s Cool Again Tour

Lainey Wilson will bring even more star-power into 2024 as she embarks on her recently announced Country’s Cool Again Tour. This headlining run is set to kick off on May 31 in Nashville, TN, and continue with over 35 dates across the U.S. and Canada through November 15, when Wilson will wrap things up in her home state of Monroe, LA.

The upcoming run will feature support by special guests Jackson Dean, Ian Munsick, and Zach Top on select dates.

To view a complete list of Lainey Wilson’s tour dates, click HERE

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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.