The NMPA Gold & Platinum Program, which honors the songwriters of RIAA-certified Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum singles, has announced the top country songs and songwriters for the past year. In lieu of the annual Gold & Platinum Gala in Nashville, the honorees were notified and received their awards remotely.
Based on a calculation of streams and sales, the “Platinum Anthem” or most listened to song released in the past year, which went 12x multi-Platinum, was “Old Town Road,” performed by Lil Nas X (Sony/ATV) and Billy Ray Cyrus (Kobalt). The song was written by Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jocelyn Donald (Kobalt), Trent Reznor (Kobalt), Atticus Ross (UMPG) and Kiowa ‘YoungKio’ Roukema (UMPG).
The ”Top Song” or most listened-to song released prior to the past year went to “Tennessee Whiskey,” performed by Chris Stapleton and written by Linda Hargrove (Sony/ATV) and Dean Dillon (UMPG). The song went 6x multi-Platinum with 7 million certified units.
Finally, the “Top Songwriter” award went to perennial hit-maker Ashley Gorley whose hits earned 10 multi-Platinum, 15 Platinum and 13 Gold certifications for songs including “Life Changes,” “Dirt on My Boots,” “T-Shirt,” “Marry Me,” “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Born to Love You,” “Games” and “Living.”
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