Rhett Akins Enjoys Unprecedented Seven-Year Run On Country Airplay Chart

Talk about a streak: Rhett Akins has had at least one song in the Country Airplay chart every week for the past seven years straight, including 28 songs that hit the top of the charts during that time period. The Warner/Chappell Nashville writer’s current hits on the charts include this week’s No. 1, Dustin Lynch’s “Small Town Boy,” and Easton Corbin’s “A Girl Like You.” Akins’ song “Kinda Don’t Care” by Justin Moore impacts radio next week.

Akins is the recipient of 29 BMI Awards, as well as six Triple Play Awards, which recognize three No. 1 singles in a 12-month period. Over the course of his impressive career, Akins has been named BMI Songwriter of the Year twice, and his songs have been awarded BMI Song of the Year and ASCAP Song of the Year.

“I write songs I hope people will relate to, so it’s humbling to see these numbers,” said Akins. “It’s also a testament to all the talented artists and co-writers I’ve worked with and to everyone on my team.”

“This unique achievement is further proof that Rhett belongs among country music’s all-time greats,” said Ben Vaughn, President of Warner/Chappell Nashville. “Rhett has been shaping the modern day Country Songbook that we’ve all sang along to each week for the past seven years.”

A full list of Akins’ songs that have been in the Country Top 40 over the seven-year stretch:
1.  Gimmie That Girl – Joe Nichols
2.  Farmer’s Daughter – Rodney Atkins
3.  All About Tonight – Blake Shelton
4.  All Over Me – Josh Turner
5.   Shape I’m In – Joe Nichols
6.   A Buncha Girls – Frankie Ballard
7.   Honey Bee – Blake Shelton
8.   Take a Back Road – Rodney Atkins
9.    Bait a Hook – Justin Moore
10.  This Ole Boy – Craig Morgan
11.   I Don’t Want This Night to End – Luke Bryan
12.   Kick It in the Sticks – Brantley Gilbert
13.   I Can Take It from There – Chris Young
14.   Point at You – Justin Moore
15.   Boys ‘Round Here – Blake Shelton
16.   Hey Girl – Billy Currington
17.    It Goes Like This – Thomas Rhett
18.    Parking Lot Party – Lee Brice
19.    Wild in Your Smile – Dustin Lynch
20.   When She Says Baby – Jason Aldean
21.    Get Me Some Of That – Thomas Rhett
22.    Ready Set Roll – Chase Rice
23.    Small Town Throwdown – Brantley Gilbert
24.    Just Getting’ Started – Jason Aldean
25.    Young & Crazy – Frankie Ballard
26.    Going Out Like That – Reba McEntire
27.    Tonight Looks Good on You – Jason Aldean
28.    That Don’t Sound Like You – Lee Brice
29.     Mind Reader – Dustin Lynch
30.     I Know Somebody – Locash
31.      Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day – Luke Bryan
32.      Dirt on My Boots – Jon Pardi
33.      Star of the Show – Thomas Rhett
34.      A Girl Like You – Easton Corbin
35.      Missing – William Michael Morgan
36.      Small Town Boy – Dustin Lynch


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