Lainey Wilson Shares Message of Gratitude After Earning First No.1 Single with ‘Things A Man Oughta Know’

“Thank you to anybody and everybody who has given me a chance,” Wilson gushed.


Lauren Jo Black

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September 21, 2021


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Lainey Wilson; Photo by Erika Goldring, Getty Images for CMT

Rising country star Lainey Wilson is celebrating a huge career milestone this week as her debut single, “Things A Man Oughta Know,” topped both the Mediabase and Billboard Country radio charts.

Upon hearing the news, Wilson gave a shoutout to those who have helped her along the way with a sweet message of gratitude. 


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“Thank you to anybody and everybody who has given me a chance,” she wrote. “That’s all I’ve ever wanted. I was taught if you want something, you go get the dang thing. There were so many hands on deck to get this song to number one and a ‘thank you’ just don’t do it justice. But thank you to the folks who have given me a pat on the back, encouraged me, listened to my music, given me an opportunity, told me I could do it, and even the ones who told me I couldn’t do it because it made me want it that much more. This is just the beginning.”

She went on to offer anyone else out there chasing a dream a bit of advice. 

“And to anybody who has a dream so deep down in their heart that can’t stand it… put your blinders on, lean in, and go get it.” 

Her heartfelt Instagram post garnered support from several fellow artists, including Priscilla Block, Jameson Rodgers, Scotty McCreery, Callista Clark and so many more. 

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With this chart accomplishment, Wilson becomes the first new solo female artist to earn a No.1 since Gabby Barrett with “I Hope” in April 2020.

“Things A Man Oughta Know,” which is featured on Wilson’s debut album, Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’, has raked in more than 146 million on-demand streams and has been in the Top 10 in Country single sales for several weeks. The single also reached the No.1 position on Sirius XM’s The Highway Hot 30 Weekend Countdown and is seeing international success with Gold certification in Canada, reaching the Top 5 on Canadian Country radio and gaining momentum in the UK.

“Things A Man Oughta Know” was co-written by Wilson alongside Jason Nix and Jonathan Singleton.

Fans can catch Lainey Wilson on Jason Aldean‘s Back in the Saddle Tour this fall. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.