Sam Hunt has landed his seventh No.1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart with “Hard To Forget.” It also tops the MediaBase airplay chart. The song is also Hunt’s second consecutive chart champion, after “Kinfolks” led the way in February. Both tracks are on his sophomore album Southside.
The artist wrote the track with Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Ashley Gorley, Audrey Grisham, Russ Hull and Mary Jean Shurtz. The last three were the composers of Webb Pierce’s 1953 country smash “There Stands The Glass,” from which the new song samples liberally. Slate has written that the MCA Nashville single “is in the running for one of the best songs of 2020, country or otherwise.”
“Hard To Forget” climbs 2-1 in its 21st week on the Billboard airplay countdown, holding again at No.4 on Hot Country Songs. It’s steady at No.2 on Country Streaming Songs and up 6-5 on Country Digital Song Sales.
Country chart domination
Hunt hit No.1 on Country Airplay at the first time of asking with “Leave the Night On” in November 2014. It became the first of five chart-toppers from his massively successful debut album Montevallo. “Take Your Time” followed in May 2015, “House Party” that September and “Make You Miss Me” a full year later, in September 2016. In May 2017, he returned to the summit for three weeks with “Body Like a Back Road,” which is also from Southside. By then, it was already well into its then record-breaking 34-week run atop Hot Country Songs.
The platinum-selling No. 1 Southside is still prominent at No. 4 in its 15th week on Top Country Albums. It’s one of only four albums, and the only country title, to be certified platinum by the RIAA in the US in the first half of 2020. It was described by Pitchfork as “a marker of what modern commercial country can do at its heights.”
Southside can be bought here.