Matt Case - December 12th, 2023 - 6:10am 

    In a year that saw country music reaching new heights, 2023 was marked by an unprecedented achievement: four country songs ascended to the pinnacle of the Billboard Hot 100, a testament to the genre's growing appeal. Morgan Wallen's hit "Last Night" led the charge, dominating the number one spot for an impressive 16 non-consecutive weeks, a clear indication of its widespread popularity.

    Morgan Wallen's "Last Night" spent the most time at number 1 with a total of 16 non-consecutive week

    Despite Wallen's chart success, Billboard's selection for the best country song of 2023 took a different turn. In a surprising twist, Luke Combs' cover of "Fast Car" clinched the top honor, an acknowledgment that may have come as unexpected to many given the stiff competition from other chart-topping hits.

    Luke Combs cover of "Fast Car." was named "Song Of The Year" 

    Chris Stapleton's "White Horse" secured a place in the top five, along with Jelly Roll's "Need A Favor", demonstrating the diverse musical styles that country music fans have embraced. Lainey Wilson's "Watermelon Moonshine" and Cole Swindell's "3 Feet Tall" also made their mark, rounding out the top five and showcasing the depth of talent in the country music scene.

     Lainey Wilson's "Watermelon Moonshine" was a top hit this year as the Artist hit new highs in her career 

    This eclectic mix of old favorites and new challengers not only highlights the dynamic nature of the country music industry but also points to its expanding influence in the broader music landscape.