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

by Jacklyn Krol
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Luke Combs has quickly proved to be among country music’s best. In fact, he’s already got eleven consecutive No. 1 hits to his name. That’s no small number to slouch at. Combs has a way of drawing listeners in, writing personal ballads to his own life.

Celebrate Combs’ music and discover the inspiration behind all of his chart-toppers.

“Hurricane”

Luke Combs wrote and recorded “Hurricane” while he was still unsigned. He was ready to record an EP (which would later become the first half of his debut full-length album) and didn’t have enough money for it. He listened to the songs again and believed that “Hurricane” was the one and that it would hopefully sell enough to finance the entire EP. It sold 15,000 within the first week. The EP helped land him a booking deal and eventually his record deal.

The song was first released in 2015 and later released in 2016 along with his record. Additionally, it reached No. 2 on Canada’s country chart and No. 31 on the Hot 100 chart. But his No. 1 on the US Country Airplay chart marked the first artist to have a multi-week number one with a debut single since 2012 with Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise.”

  • Album: This One’s For You
  • Year: 2016
  • RIAA: 4x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Then you rolled in with your hair in the wind baby without warning”

“When It Rains It Pours”

Combs co-wrote the song with Ray Fulcher and Jordan Walker. In addition to the chart-topping, it reached No. 33 on the Hot 100 chart. Combs later performed a duet on CMT Crossroads with Leon Bridges. This marked the first No. 1 on the Canadian country chart.

The song came about after Combs was texting with his ex-girlfriend. “Then it hit me,” Walker recalled. “I was like, ‘We should write a song about her,’ and he was like, ‘No, no, no that’ll make her so mad.'”

“We wanted to have fun writing it, and it felt like a cool thing to do” Combs later added. “We all loved that ’90s country, like Brad Paisley tongue-in-cheek stuff, and so that’s where we went with it.”

  • Album: This One’s For You
  • Year: 2017
  • RIAA: 4x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “And I ain’t gotta see my xx-future-mother-in-law anymore”
  • Award: Nomination for CMT Music Video of the Year

“One Number Away”

Luke Combs co-wrote “One Number Away” with Robert Williford, Sammy Mitchell, and Steven Battey. Williford had the title written down on his phone and the idea progressed from there.

“Steven is an incredible melody guy,” Combs explained. “So he said that he had this melody in his head that he really liked, and started humming the chorus of it. We just sat with it for a while. So Steven had the chorus, and then Sandy wrote the track. I had never written with a track guy before; I didn’t know that was a thing.”

  • Album: This One’s For You
  • Year: 2018
  • RIAA: 2x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Are you staring a hole through your phone / Praying that it rings?”

“She Got The Best of Me”

“She Got The Best of Me” was written by Combs, Rob Snyder, and Channing Wilson. The song was added on the deluxe version of his record.

“This is a song I wrote when I was in college and put out on an EP and I feel like it didn’t really have a chance to reach everyone I feel like it could impact,” Combs said. “And, everyone’s had that person that takes a little of them when they go and that’s kind of where we come up with the idea for this tune.”

  • Album: This One’s For You
  • Year: 2018
  • RIAA: 2x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Now all that’s left of me / Is beatin’ in this guitar”
  • Award: CMT nomination for Video of the Year

“Beautiful Crazy”

Wyatt Durrette and Robert Williford collaborated with Luke Combs for “Beautiful Crazy.” The song was first performed at live concerts and posted on social media. It was No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs for a total of eleven weeks.

Combs was inspired by his now-wife Nicole Hocking. He co-wrote the song before they officially started dating. “That song ‘Beautiful Crazy’ is really special for me and my fiancee [at the time],” he said. “It’s the story of how we met and how we’re going to, you know, end up spending the rest of our lives together, which is really awesome.”

  • Album: This One’s For You Too
  • Year: 2018
  • RIAA: 4x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Beautiful, crazy / She can’t help but amaze me”
  • Awards: CMA Song of the Year, iHeartRadio Awards Country Song of the Year, CMT Performance of the Year

“Beer Never Broke My Heart”

Randy Montana and Jonathan Singleton collaborated with Luke Combs for the beer love song. The trio wrote the song while on tour. Combs had the title in his phone for a while and waited for the right time to create a track around it.

Combs “really wanted to save it for some guys I thought would kind of understand and grasp what I was looking for out of the song.” When Combs went to soundcheck, the pair were “hammering away” and the song quickly finished. Their goal was to create a feeling rather an emotional and meaningful song.

  • Album: What You See Is What You Get
  • Year: 2019
  • RIAA: Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “I’ve had a largemouth, bass bust my line / A couple of beautiful girls tell me goodbye”
  • Award: CMA nomination for Single of the Year

“Even Though I’m Leaving”

Wyatt Durrette and Ray Fulcher co-wrote the song with Combs. The concept came about after Durrette spoke about his experience as a father. “Which is kind of tough, [because] me and Ray aren’t dads, but we were kind of channeling that sort of thing when we started out, at the beginning of the song,” Combs said. “We were talking about the ‘monsters under the bed’ thing.”

Combs later added that it was “everyone’s collective experiences generalized into what we thought people could relate to.”

  • Album: What You See Is What You Get
  • Year: 2019
  • RIAA: Gold
  • Standout lyric: “Just ’cause I’m leavin’ / It don’t mean that I won’t be right by your side”

“Does to Me” With Eric Church

Combs co-wrote “Does to Me” with Ray Fulcher and Tyler Reeve at Tyler’s Pub. The initial sentiment was to speak about “run-of-the-mill things that aren’t really exciting to anybody other than yourself.” Combs said that Church was on “obvious choice” when finding a collaborator.

“Not only does I feel like it fits his writing style, but also his mentality, his approach to music. I think it was just a really good fit,” Combs admitted.

  • Album: What You See Is What You Get
  • Year: 2020
  • Standout lyric: “And I wear this heart on my sleeve / And that might not mean much to you / But it does to me”
  • Award: CMA nomination for Song of the Year

“Lovin’ on You”

Luke Combs wrote “Lovin’ on You” with Thomas Archer, Ray Fulcher, and James McNair. The song first appeared on his 2019 EP, The Prequel. The song is an ode to the 90s and includes a reference to Brooks & Dunn.

The music video takes viewers back to the decade and features the child-version of Combs. We see him celebrating his birthday at a rollerskating rink and getting a crush on a girl. We later see him grow up and that the girl grew up to be his wife, who works at the rink.

  • Album: What You See Is What You Get
  • Year: 2020
  • Standout lyric: “I feel that rush soon as you walk in a room”

“Better Together”

Luke Combs, Dan Isbell and Randy Montana wrote “Better Together” in the mountains of North Carolina. He put a clip of the song on his Instagram account and it quickly went viral. “People have always loved it,” he admitted. “We ended up recording it and going with you know, kind of a very stripped down production of just me and a piano and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.”

Combs revealed that the song is part of a trilogy. “‘Beautiful Crazy’ was already done and out at that time. So I kinda felt like I needed to do another song that was kind of… I guess it’s kind of ended up turning into like a trilogy,” he said. Fans can listen to “Beautiful Crazy,” “Better Together,” and “Forever After All” for the full picture.

  • Album: What You See Is What You Get
  • Year: 2020
  • Standout lyric: “Some things just go better together and probably always will”

“Forever After All”

“Forever After All” was written by Combs, Rob Williford, and Drew Parker. This marked the first song that Combs wrote in his new house with his new wife in Tennessee.

“If we had written that same day somewhere else, on Music Row, I don’t know that we’d have gotten that song,” Parker shared. “…It doesn’t feel like you’re just in the same monotony of writing songs every day.”

The song was obviously inspired by Hocking and came at the perfect time.”It just felt like we were taking a huge step forward with our relationship and with our life, and wanted to encompass that in a song,” Combs said.

  • Album: What You See Is What You Get
  • Year: 2021
  • Standout lyric: “They say nothing lasts forever / But they ain’t seen us together”
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