Ashley Gorley Makes History With 50th No. 1 Song Milestone

Ashley Gorley. Photo: Josh Ulmer

Ashley Gorley has set a new record, as he earns his 50th No. 1 song at country radio with LOCASH‘s “One Big Country Song,” which is at No. 1 this week on Mediabase. With this milestone, Gorley—who is signed to Round Hill Music Publishing—becomes the only songwriter in any genre to earn 50 No. 1 singles in the history of the Mediabase and Billboard Airplay charts.

To date, Gorley has been named ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year seven times—the only songwriter to have achieved that accolade seven times. He has also been named Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year four times, NSAI Songwriter of the Year three times, has earned eight ACM Songwriter of the Year nominations and has earned three CMA Awards and two Grammy nominations. Gorley is the reigning ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, and he has earned 15 CMA Triple Play honors, including two “Triple-Triples” for notching nine No. 1 songs in 2018 and in 2019. He has had more than 300 songs recorded by artists including Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Dan + Shay, Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Old Dominion, Kelsea Ballerini, Cole Swindell, Dustin Lynch, Brad Paisley, Brett Eldredge, Billy Currington, Chris Young, Darius Rucker, Jason Derulo and Bon Jovi.

“I love what I do,” Gorley says. “I love writing songs—the challenge, the process, and the way that each day brings something different. 50 No. 1s is an achievement I’m proud of and grateful for, but I’m even more grateful for the friendships these 50 No. 1s have granted me; friendships with the artists that have given these songs life and success, my co-writers who motivate me to dig deeper each day, and mentors and early believers who continue to cheer me on. I stay inspired by my Tape Room family who I try to provide with those same beliefs, friendships, and mentorships. Thank you to everyone who made this possible, especially the radio teams who work tirelessly for these songs to be heard.”

“It is truly a privilege and an honor to work with a songwriter of Ashley’s talent,” says Mark Brown, SVP/GM of Round Hill Music Publishing. “His drive, his work ethic, and his positive attitude all contribute to his success. But, the pure talent level puts Ashley in a rare ultra-elite group. I don’t know of any other songwriter, in any genre, who has achieved the remarkable achievement of 50 No. 1s. Furthermore, judging from his continuing activity and young age, I expect there are many more hits yet to come. Congratulations Ashley on your incredible accomplishment.”

“In a year where everyone was reminded of the greatness of Michael Jordan, I’m glad we have a moment to appreciate the songwriting community’s own Michael Jordan, Ashley Gorley,” said frequent collaborator and friend Josh Osborne. “50 No. 1s is unbelievable. Ashley has the same drive and creativity that he had when I met him as a college student at Belmont. I don’t want to say too many nice things right now because I need to save something for when he has 60 No. 1s. I’ll just say I’m very glad I get to work with him and call him a friend.”

“Congratulations on 50 No. 1s – it’s hard to even wrap your head around that. What an accomplishment,” shared country superstar Luke Bryan via video message to Gorley when the news broke. “So glad to be a part of some of those with you, and so glad to have written some of them with you. Congrats buddy!”

Gorley, a Kentucky native and graduate of Belmont University, launched Tape Room Music in 2011; the company’s name pays tribute to his internships in the tape rooms of various publishing companies. Tape Room Music’s lean staff includes GM Blain Rhodes and VP Kelly Bolton, who guide the publishing company’s roster of 11 writers. Tape Room Music has earned 21 No. 1 hits at country radio, along with cuts by pop artists including Justin Timberlake, Meek Mill and Charlie Puth.

“Ashley Gorley drives me insane,” joked fellow writer and long time friend Jesse Frasure. “Mainly because of how difficult it is to be such good friends with a songwriter that is so prolific and hard working on a regular basis. For Ashley, writing a great song is just the start of the hard work. On top of that, the passion for his family and faith equally matches his career. I’m very grateful to have him in my life as a collaborator, but his friendship in this business is truly priceless to me. Congratulations on 50 No. 1s Ashley. You are one of the greatest American songwriters of any genre.”

Gorley celebrates this No.1 with publisher Round Hill Music, founded by Joshua Gruss.

See a full list of Gorley’s 50 No. 1 hits below (chronological order):

“Don’t Forget To Remember Me” — Carrie Underwood
“All-American Girl” — Carrie Underwood
“You’re Gonna Miss This” — Trace Adkins
“Start A Band” — Brad Paisley
“It Won’t Be Like This For Long” — Darius Rucker
“Then” — Brad Paisley
“American Saturday Night” — Brad Paisley
“Good Girl” — Carrie Underwood
“Crash My Party” — Luke Bryan
“Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” — Randy Houser
“Don’t Ya” — Brett Eldredge
“Hey Girl” — Billy Currington
“That’s My Kinda Of Night’ — Luke Bryan
“Play It Again” — Luke Bryan
“Rewind” — Rascal Flatts
“Yeah” — Joe Nichols
“I See You” — Luke Bryan
“Just Gettin’ Started” — Jason Aldean
“Don’t It” — Billy Currington
“Tonight Looks Good On You” — Jason Aldean
“Kick The Dust Up” — Luke Bryan
“Young & Crazy” — Frankie Ballard
“Nothin’ Like You” — Dan + Shay
“Heartbeat” — Carrie Underwood
“You Should Be Here” — Cole Swindell
“T-Shirt” — Thomas Rhett
“American Country Love Song” — Jake Owen
“Middle of a Memory” — Cole Swindell
“Dirty Laundry” — Carrie Underwood
“A Guy With a Girl” — Blake Shelton
“Dirt On My Boots” — Jon Pardi
“Today” — Brad Paisley
“Black” — Dierks Bentley
“Do I Make You Wanna” — Billy Currington
“Unforgettable” — Thomas Rhett
“Fix a Drink” — Chris Janson
“Marry Me” — Thomas Rhett
“Life Changes” — Thomas Rhett
“What Makes You Country” — Luke Bryan
“Eyes On You” — Chase Rice
“Love Ain’t” — Eli Young Band
“Rumor” — Lee Brice
“Living” — Dierks Bentley
“I Don’t Know About You” — Chris Lane
“Good Vibes” — Chris Janson
“Remember You Young” — Thomas Rhett
“Ridin’ Roads” — Dustin Lynch
“Catch” — Brett Young
“Hard To Forget” — Sam Hunt
“One Big Country Song” — LOCASH


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