Nate Smith Achieves Impressive Chart Feat Held By Country Music Elites Like Kenny Chesney, Luke Combs, Tim McGraw & More

Smith says the day he received this news was one of the best days of his life so far.


Lauren Jo Black

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January 27, 2024


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Nate Smith‘s “World On Fire” claimed its seventh week at No.1 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart, placing the rising star among an elite group of artists who have some of the longest-running No.1’s in the chart’s history. 

Longest Running No.1s On The Billboard Country Airplay Chart

Smith’s latest hit has officially spent seven weeks at the top of the chart. According to U.S. Radio Updater on X, “World On Fire” has now tied with the following songs for the third-most weeks at No.1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart: “The Good Stuff” by Kenny Chesney, “Have You Forgotten?” by Darryl Worley, “There Goes My Life” by Kenny Chesney, “Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw, and “Beautiful Crazy” by Luke Combs. 

Morgan Wallen currently holds for the first and second most weeks at No.1 on the chart with “Last Night” claiming the top spot for 8 weeks and “You Proof” holding strong at No.1 for a whopping 10 weeks. 

The Rising Star Reacts

Smith reacted to the news on social media where he appeared speechless as he shared his gratitude with fans and country radio for the support. 

“’World On Fire’ has gone seven weeks… I went from 14 dollars in my bank account to a seven-week number one,” he said with a huge smile on his face. “Thank you, everybody, so much for believing in me since day one. Thank you country radio, thank you fans, thank you, everyone. This is one of the best days of my life, thank you!”

Amid his seven-week reign at the top of the chart, Smith made his debut morning TV show appearance to perform “World On Fire” on NBC’s TODAY with Hoda & Jenna. The California native set the stage ablaze with a standout performance of the multi-week chart-topping hit. 

Nate Smith, Nathan Congleton, NBCUniversal
Nate Smith, Nathan Congleton, NBCUniversal

Co-written by Smith with Ashley Gorley, Lindsay Rimes, and Taylor Phillips, “World On Fire” is featured on Smith’s self-titled debut album / deluxe version. The 26-song release also features his breakout No.1 hit, “Whiskey On You.” Nate Smith (Deluxe) was named the largest album debut from a new artist in 2023 and the largest full-length debut project from a new artist in 2020.  

What Is “World On Fire” About?

The song has resonated with fans far and wide. According to Smith, the song is about the demise of a relationship and everything that goes along with it.  

“Sometimes it’s like you’ve got friendships that were built around that relationship. You’ve got places that you used to love to go like bars and different scenes and stuff. And it’s really challenging when you when you break up because those places are kind of now sort of taboo to walk into and stuff. So that’s really what the song is about is just you know how to pick up the debris after everything has fallen apart,” he previously explained. 

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Nate Smith Tour

Smith kicked off 2024 with a bang, launching his headlining World On Fire Tour on January 4 in Athens, Georgia. Overall, the trek will make 21 stops in major cities across the country through February. 

When his headlining run comes to a close, Smith will then join Morgan Wallen on his One Night At A Time 2024 Tour. 

For more information on Nate Smith’s upcoming tour dates, visit his official website HERE

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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.