Luke Bryan has landed his 25th No.1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart with “Waves.” Added to the deluxe version of his Born Here Live Here Die Here album that was released in April, it’s the fifth single from the overall set, all of which have topped the airplay countdown.
The song was written by Zach Crowell, Ryan Hurd, and Chase McGill, and produced by Jeff Stevens and Jody Stevens. It moves to the summit by climbing from No.2 in its 21st chart week. “Waves” also climbs 4-3 in its 20th appearance on Hot Country Songs, and is up 30-24 on the Hot 100.
When the track debuted in April, American Idol star Bryan described it as “a song about kids falling in love during the summer and just all the images and everything about how beautiful that summer love is and how the emotions just keep coming in waves, ‘Waves’ is kind of a play on words, and I fell in love with the song the second I heard it.”
“Waves” was preceded at No.1 by the current album’s single releases “Knockin’ Boots,” for two weeks in September 2019; “What She Wants Tonight” (April 2020), “One Margarita” (July 2020), and “Down To One” in March this year. Bryan is in sixth place among artists with the most Country Airplay winners, a list headed by Kenny Chesney with 31. Tim McGraw has 29, Blake Shelton 28, and Alan Jackson and George Strait 26 each.
As noted by Billboard Country Update, this is the second time that an album by Bryan has generated at least five No.1 country singles. In 2015, his Crash My Party set became the first-ever country album to contain six chart-toppers from its standard edition.
Bryan’s 12th iteration of his Farm Tour, on which he’ll visit six small town venues, is due to commence on September 9 in Madison, WI. He’ll be joined on the shows by special guests Dylan Scott, Peach Pickers, Whitney Duncan, and DJ Rock.
Buy or stream the deluxe edition of Born Here Live Here Die Here.