Luke Bryan No. 1 Hits: History of His Chart-Topping Tracks

by Jacklyn Krol
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Luke Bryan is the definition of a chart topper. His career has spawned a long list of songs that ever country fan knows all of the lyrics to.

“Rain is A Good Thing”

“Rain is a Good Thing” was the first number one hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Bryan co-wrote with Dallas Davidson. In 2010, Bryan appeared on an episode of Celebrity Apprentice. Contestants were given the challenge to make these “up and comers” more marketable. Cyndi Lauper won the challenge and in turn, won 20% of all sales from this song to go to her True Colors Fund charity.

  • Album: Doin’ My Thing
  • Year: 2010
  • RIAA: Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey / Whiskey makes my baby feel a little frisky”

“Someone Else Calling You Baby”

Bryan co-wrote the song with Jeff Stevens while on tour. Stevens told The Boot that the song “was written from that raw emotion that you feel when someone you love rejects you.”

He added, “Just about everybody knows the feeling, and it was easy to write because it’s something you never forget when it happens to you. It’s one of those powerful, unexpected events that changes your life in an instant.”

  • Album: Doin’ My Thing
  • Year: 2010
  • RIAA: Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “It’ll be what it will be, it’s either him or me”

“I Don’t Want This Night to End”

Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip wrote the song with Bryan. Hayslip came up with the title and Bryan came up with the melody on acoustic guitar.

“I love the melody. I mean, all that melody is just really kind of cool there,” Bryan said in a radio interview via SongFacts. “It’s probably the furthest I’ve went from a country-sounding track ever. It’s really not a country track. But then you got my old country voice on it and that’ll simmer down the most craziest of tracks.”

  • Album: Tailgates & Tanlines
  • Year: 2011
  • RIAA: 5x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Girl, I know I don’t know you / But your pretty little eyes so blue”
  • Awards: CMT Male Video of the Year

“Drunk on You”

“Drunk on You” was written by Rodney Clawson, Josh Kear, and Chris Tompkins. According to the songwriters, they wrote the song off of the lyric, “high on summertime.”

“We felt like ‘Drunk on You’ was a better title,” Clawson told Country Music Notes. They came to the conclusion because they didn’t want to say “high” in a country song at the time. “It was a really fun song to write because it was just painting a scene of a bunch of kids sitting in a circle.”

  • Album: Tailgates & Tanlines
  • Year: 2012
  • RIAA: 5x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Drip of honey on the money make it gotta be / The best buzz I’m ever gonna find”

“Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”

Luke Bryan wrote “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” alongside famed producer Jeff Stevens and songwriting legend Shane McAnally. They were out on the road when the inspiration struck on the final day.

“Jeff had this title, and we wrote it,” Bryan told SongFacts. “I mean, it’s a great idea and a great thought. We wrote it right then. I think the chorus of that thing is some of the best writing that I’ve ever been a part of and I love the simplicity of the verses.”

  • Album: Tailgates & Tanlines
  • Year: 2012
  • RIAA: 2x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “I guess everybody’s got their way of moving on”

“The Only Way I Know” Featuring Jason Aldean + Eric Church

David Lee Murphy and Ben Hayslip wrote this epic collaboration. Aldean, Bryan, and Church performed the song at the CMA Awards in 2012. Aldean later performed it on NBC’s The Voice alongside two male country contestants.

“It was a little surprising, this one,” Aldean admitted. “I honestly felt the song was going to do really well, or I wouldn’t have released it otherwise. But to have it go to No. 1 after ten weeks was ridiculous. My first song (“Hicktown”), it took 40-something weeks for it to crack the Top 10, and it peaked at nine. For me, it happened fast.”

  • Album: Night Train
  • Year: 2012
  • RIAA: Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Nobody really seemed to care / That we were living in the middle of nowhere”
  • Awards: CMT Collaborative Video of the Year, Music Event of the Year

“Crash My Party”

Rodney Clawson and Ashley Gorley created “Crash My Party” which is also the name of his 2013 record. The team only pitched Bryan the song because they knew it was meant for him.

“When people see ‘Crash My Party,’ they think it’s probably going to be a party song, but it’s not. We were able to use a little bit of a deception there with the title,” Clawson told Roughstock.

Luke Bryan debuted the song at the 2013 ACM Awards, when he hosted alongside Blake Shelton.

  • Album: Crash My Party
  • Year: 2013
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Yeah, I can turn this thing around at the next red light”
  • Awards: Billboard Top Country Song

“That’s My Kind of Night”

Luke Bryan was able to set a major record with this song. In 2013, he became the first male country artist to top the Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums charts simultaneously.

 Dallas Davidson, Chris DeStefano, and Ashley Gorley co-wrote the track. One of the most iconic lyrics from Bryan’s repitoire came from Davidson.

“With lines like catch us a little catfish dinner … well that’s what I used to do,” he said. “That’s what I still do and that’s what Luke still does. In the video when he holds up the catfish, those came from his catfish pond. I wanted to write about what my kind of night is. That’s my kind of night. Those lyrics describe the perfect night for me, believe it or not.”

  • Album: Crash My Party
  • Year: 2013
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Out where the corn rows grow, row, row my boat”

“Drink A Beer”

Chris Stapleton and Jim Beavers co-wrote “Drink a Beer.” Stapleton revealed that Beavers came into their writing session with the entire chorus ready to go.

“It was probably my idea to make it a little bit darker, because the title, ‘Drink a Beer,’ might have made you believe that it’s something lighter,” he said. “And it was probably my idea to make it about someone who passed away.”

Luke Bryan performed the song at the 2013 CMA Awards to honor his siblings Chris and Kelly who passed away. The following year, Stapleton and Lady A performed the song at the CMT Artists of the Year ceremony. Bryan was scheduled to perform but had to cancel after the passing of his brother-in-law Lee.

  • Album: Crash My Party
  • Year: 2013
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “So I’m gonna sit right here / On the edge of this pier / Then watch the sunset disappear”

“Play It Again”

Davidson and Gorley co-wrote “Play It Again.” The song title came after they finished the song that was specifically written for Bryan. Davidson told Parade that he credits his ability to be in tune with what Bryan likes because they are best friends, co-writers, and grew up in the same town.

At the time, Bryan broke the record for most non-consecutive Hot Country chart-toppers with eight.

  • Album: Crash My Party
  • Year: 2014
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “I’d a gave that DJ my last dime / If he would have played it just one more time”
  • Awards: CMT Male Video of the Year

“Roller Coaster”

Cole Swindell and Michael Carter created “Roller Coaster.” Swindell was previously Bryan’s merchandise assistant on tour while Carter is Bryan’s bandleader.

 “The first time I heard it, it was one of the first songs that I knew would be on Crash My Party,” Bryan told SongFacts. “I listened to it, and it just floored me – the visuals of it, and obviously the fact that I grew up going to the beach.”

  • Album: Crash My Party
  • Year: 2014
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Now she’s got me twisted / Like an old beach roller coaster”

“I See You”

Bryan, Gorley, and Luke Laird collaborated “I See You.” Thomas Walker helped finish the bridge. The song was originally considered for the record’s lead single.

“Well I sat down with Ashley Gorley and Luke Laird,” Bryan recalled. “Luke had the guitar lick going [already]. We wrote two songs that day and I’ve cut both of them. ‘I See You,’ I just loved it from the day we wrote it and demoed it.”

  • Album: Crash My Party
  • Year: 2014
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “No, I can’t close my eyes without you in my dreams”

“This Is How We Roll”

Bryan was featured on the re-release of FGL’s “This Is How We Roll.” Bryan was also featured on the second remix alongside pop artist Jason Derulo. Bryan, Swindell, and Florida-Georgia Line wrote the song while on the Dirt Road Diaries Tour.

“Florida Georgia Line, as big as they are, they were watching Luke’s show. I think that’s how it should be. We’re all learning from everybody we’re around,” Swindell told CBS. “For Brian to catch that out at Luke’s show and then say, ‘Hey, Luke inspired this. Let’s get him in here to write it.’ He was cool with it and Luke came in and wrote it with us.”

  • Album: Here’s To The Good Times… This Is How We Roll
  • Year: 2014
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “yeah, we cuss on them Mondays / And pray on them Sundays”
  • Award: ACM Vocal Event of the Year

“Kick The Dust Up”

 Gorley, Davidson, and DeStefano created “Kick The Dust Up” and was Bryan’s thirteenth No. 1. The team also co-wrote “That’s My Kind of Night.” The team initially freestyled the lyrics based on the title.

The song was also a hit in Canada. It reached No. 1 on the Canada Country Chart and No. 15 on the all-genre Canadian Hot 100.

  • Album: Kill The Lights
  • Year: 2015
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Tractors, plows with flashing lights backing up a two lane road”

“Strip It Down”

 Bryan, Jon Nite and Ross Copperman, and produced by Jeff and Jody Stevens. The song is one of Bryan’s most well-known ballads.

“That piano just tells the whole story of the song to me, and that was straight out of Ross Copperman’s brain,” Bryan told Billboard. “When he played me that piano lick, I was just blown away.”

  • Album: Kill The Lights
  • Year: 2015
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Back to you and me like it used to be / When it was an old back road with an old school beat”

“Home Alone Tonight” Featuring Karen Fairchild

Jody Stevens, Cole Taylor, Jaida Dreyer and Tommy Cecil wrote this duet. Luke Bryan and Karen Fairchild performed the song at the 2015 AMAs.

Fairchild was personally asked by Bryan to sing with her. “It’s such a great song, and I was just honored that he thought of me and I love the way our voices sound together. It’s kind of a sexy slow jam,” she told Sounds Like Nashville.

  • Album: Kill The Lights
  • Year: 2015
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Ain’t a clock, a tick, a tock, that’s gonna stop”

“Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day”

This song became the outdoor anthem for all of the outdoorswomen and men. The song is an ode to his country lifestyle and hometown of Leesburg, Georgia. The idea came about when he was on tour in 2014 and had the title saved in his phone. He co-wrote the song with the songwriting group Peachpickers.

“The important thing is the fact that if you live in that hunting, fishing, loving-every-day mentality, you’re going to be a little more stress-free, and your quality of life will be a little better,” Bryan said.

  • Album: Kill The Lights
  • Year: 2016
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “If I could make a livin’ walkin’ in the woods / You could bet I’d be sittin’ pretty good”

“Move”

Bryan wrote this song with Michael Carter and Jay Clementi. The song was meant to be a fun song that people can easily sing along to.

“It’s what I envision, big ole country dance clubs across the country playing that and it filling up and everybody having a great time,” Luke Bryan said.

  • Album: Kill The Lights
  • Year: 2016
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Your mama packed y’all up and moved you to the south / Packed a U-Haul cross a one-tree yard to a tin roof shotgun house”

“Forever Country”

“Forever Country” was the most star-studded collaboration of all time. It featured 30 CMA winners that performed three classic country tunes. Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” “On The Road Again” by Willie Nelson, and John Denver’s ‘Take Me Home Country Roads.”

  • Album: None
  • Year: 2016
  • RIAA: Gold
  • Standout lyric: “And I will always love you”
  • Awards: ACM Video of the Year

“Fast”

Bryan, Clawson, and Laird collaborated once again for “Fast.” The writing team was struggling in a session until Laird came up with the word “fast.” Bryan debuted the song at his fan club party during CMA Fest.

“I’m just so proud about how we used a simple word like Fast,” Bryan said. “We tied the verses in and then that second verse how we brought in the parents were saying ‘we were falling in love too fast but we still made it work.”

  • Album: Kill The Lights
  • Year: 2016
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “I’ve had a melody in my head since / She walked in here and knocked me dead”

“Light It Up”

Luke Bryan and Brad Tursi of Old Dominion wrote “Light It Up” together. This marked the first single off of his What Makes You Country record.

“It’s kind of a glimpse into people and how they communicate these days,” Bryan told iHeart Radio. “With people are breaking up with text messages or getting back with text messages. They’re just on their phones so much.”

  • Album: What Makes You Country
  • Year: 2017
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “I can’t help from going crazy / Thinking you might not be all alone.

“Most People Are Good”

“Most People Are Good” is a purely positive country song. David Frasier, Ed Hill, and Josh Kear wrote the uplifting anthem. Luke Bryan says that is one of the best songs that he has recorded.

“The second I heard it, it captivated me. It was something that I felt like that people always need to be reassured that there’s way more good going on than negative,” Bryan said.

  • Album: What Makes You Country
  • Year: 2018
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “I believe this world ain’t half as bad as it looks / I believe most people are good”

“Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset”

 Zach Crowell, Ryan Hurd, and Chase McGill created “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset.” Hurd revealed to PopCulture that he was inspired by his family’s Michigan lake house and his time there as a teenager.

“Building the story around a really real place for me was cool,” he said. “And I think that’s why somebody like Luke heard it and he put himself in it, because it wasn’t a made-up thing, it’s a real place in my mind.”

  • Album: What Makes You Country
  • Year: 2018
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Sunrise, sunburn, sunset, repeat / Moonlight, all night, crashin’ into me”

“Knockin’ Boots”

 Jon Nite, Hillary Lindsey, and Gordie Sampson wrote “Knockin’ Boots.” The song is an uptempo jam paired with the 1980’s phrase concerning getting intimate.

“I’ve had fans go, ‘You know, I really don’t like that song but I can’t stop singing it,'” Bryan told Taste of Country. “I look in the aisles and husbands and wives are out there twirling and dancing. It’s kind of a nice little fun dance song, too.”

  • Album: Born Here Live Here Die Here
  • Year: 2019
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Sweet tea needs that sugar stirring”

“What She Wants Tonight”

“What She Wants Tonight” was written by Hillary Lindsey, Ross Copperman, and Jon Nite. Bryan shared that the song began when Copperman had production for a track. Having both male and female perspectives for the lyrics aided in the overall song.

“We created the title in the room, and I felt like it was gonna be a big, big song for me,” Bryan said. “And I was excited that we had written something that I was really proud of. Now, to get it out on radio and it’s a big hit for me, is pretty surreal.”

  • Album: Born Here Live Here Die Here
  • Year: 2019
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “She locks you down with just one look”

“One Margarita”

Bryan’s bandleader Michael Carter wrote the song with Josh Thompson and Matt Dragstrem. Aside from topping the country charts, it reached No. 19 on the all-genre US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song became a crossover summertime party anthem perfect for a day at the lake or beach!

“The first time I heard it I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s like the catchiest, most fun party song I’ve heard in a long time,” Bryan recalled. “So we knew we had something special with the song, we get it recorded and I’m like, ‘Hey. We got Crash My Playa, what better place to put a song called ‘One Margarita’ out and then do the video?'”

  • Album: Born Here Live Here Die Here
  • Year: 2020
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Tiki bars tik’n, pourin’ all weekend”

“Down to One”

Justin Ebach and Kyle Fishman wrote Bryan’s latest chart-topper. Bryan revealed that this is his wife Caroline’s favorite song on his record. Bryan knew from the first time he head the song that it would become a fan favorite.

“It just sounded like a big ol’ hit,” he said. “A guy and a girl out there in the middle of nowhere enjoying a moment together. A romantic moment. And I always feel like you’ve gotta have those on an album.”

  • Album: It Goes Like This
  • Year: 2020
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Thinkin’ I want more than just one night out here with you alone”
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