Thomas Rhett Notches 21st Career No. 1 With ‘Angels (Don’t Always Have Wings)’

“I’m just really humbled and grateful,” Rhett says.


Madeleine O’Connell

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September 19, 2023


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Thomas Rhett; Photo by Grayson Gregory, Courtesy Instagram

Ten years after signing a record deal with Big Machine Label Group’s The Valory Music Co, Thomas Rhett has earned his 21st career No. 1 with “Angels (Don’t Always Have Wings)” on the Country Aircheck/MediaBase chart. This achievement marks the multi-platinum artist’s 19th No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart.

Co-written by Rhett with Julian Bunetta, Teddy Swims and Josh Thompson, the top-charting tune first appeared on Rhett’s sixth studio album, Where We Started as “Angels.” Following its original release, the hitmaker produced a newer version titled, “Angels (Don’t Always Have Wings),” which was sent to country radio with an elevated sound that commemorates a love that is unwavering and patient. 

Song Was Inspired By His Wife, Lauren

Rhett’s delicate delivery of the romantic narrative adds to the highly accredited list of heartfelt tracks that have been inspired by his love for his wife, Lauren.

“I feel like I’ve been pretty known for love songs throughout my career, but I think we did a good job of portraying love from a different perspective on this one, so that makes it really special for me,” Rhett shares via press release. “This is really an ode to my wife, and on a grander scale, this is for that person in everybody’s life that has stuck with them through thick and thin. So thank you to all those people.

He went on to express his gratitude towards those who played a part in helping him achieve this milestone in his career and also shared a tinge of hopefulness and excitement for what the future holds. 

“It’s really cool to have been celebrating 20 number ones this year and now to be celebrating my 21st career number one is crazy. I’m just really humbled and grateful and can’t wait for the next ten years,” Rhett said in conclusion. 


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Additionally, the “Look What God Gave Her” singer is preparing to drop a retrospective vinyl collection titled, 20 Number Ones. Out September 29, the project will compile each of Rhett’s hits plus his current single, “Angels (Don’t Always Have Wings),” as a bonus track. 

Beginning with his 2012 breakout, “It Goes Like This,” Rhett has compiled each of these 21 songs on two discs, allowing him to take a moment to acknowledge his entire journey of reaching for the stars and surpassing his goals one step at a time.

Vinyl Collection Coming Soon

Over the summer, Thomas Rhett gathered with friends, fellow songwriters, and members of his team at Nashville’s BMI building to celebrate his recent string of No. 1 hits that includes “Remember You Young,” “Beer Can’t Fix” feat Jon Pardi, “Be A Light” feat. Reba, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, and Keith Urban, “What’s Your Country Song,” “Country Again,” “Slow Down Summer,” and “Half of Me” feat. Riley Green. 

During the event, he also sat down with Country Now and several other media outlets to reflect on these successful songs.

“It really is insane because in many ways this career has felt like it started a year ago and in many ways it feels like it was 50 years ago,” he explained. “I think the one thing that I’ve been kind of speaking over myself and trying to encourage younger artists to do is to really, really cherish when the moments are really cool and to really learn from when the moments are not so cool. I feel like from ‘Die Happy Man’ on, my career has been a whirlwind. And you win these awards and you sell this place out and you do this and you do that. It’s always like, that’s amazing, but like, what’s next? And what’s after that? I’ve really been trying to encourage some of the younger artists to really cherish those moments because you kind of don’t know when they’re gonna happen again and you might as well celebrate the crap out of ’em with your friends.”

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Thomas Rhett; Photo via Instagram
Thomas Rhett; Photo via Instagram

Throughout the project, listeners will take a trip down their memory lane as they get the chance to re-explore their favorite tunes like “Make Me Wanna,” “Die a Happy Man,” “Crash and Burn,” “Unforgettable,” and more.

Fans will be able to purchase special edition packages as well as a clear vinyl edition and gold metallic vinyl edition exclusively at Target and Walmart, respectively. 

“Having a vinyl for me is very nostalgic in many ways,” Rhett continued. “I also feel like a lot of people are buying vinyl today. I think it’s cool to collect and especially for certain fans of mine that have kind of been listening to my music since 2012, I just think it’s a really cool piece to own, and it’s kind of like a moment in time.”

Home Team Tour 23

Fans can also catch Thomas Rhett on the road for the last few dates of his HOME TEAM TOUR 23. This 40-city trek launched May 4 in Des Moines, IA and will continue with stops in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Alabama before wrapping things up on September 29 in Nashville, TN. 

Cole Swindell and Nate Smith are currently serving as support on this popular run.

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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.