Thomas Rhett No. 1 Hits: History of His Chart-Topping Tracks

by Jacklyn Krol
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Thomas Rhett is a hit-making machine. He currently holds the record for most consecutive No. 1 hits on country radio and he is clearly not ready to slow down.

“It Goes Like This”

Thomas Rhett’s first No. 1 hit was with “It Goes Like This.” Rhett’s father Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, and Jimmy Robbins co-wrote the song. Akins revealed to Roughstock that the song began with plucking four guitar strings to form the melody.

“I wasn’t trying to write a song or anything,” he admitted to the outlet. “I was literally just messing around. Jimmy heard what I was playing, and he picked up his guitar and started playing over the little melody I was playing on the ukulele.” Hayslip added that they changed the chorus to include the “oooos” and “heys” to make it stand out.

Akins said that he didn’t expect his son to record the song since he thought he already had his songs in place. They pitched it to Luke Bryan among other artists but he sent it to his son anyways.

“He immediately called me back and said, ‘Dad – this song is a smash! My wife loves it, I’ve played it for all my friends, and they love it. I want it.’”

His father thought he couldn’t secure the song. Even if he managed to, he wouldn’t be able to record it for a year or two. Big Machine said that Rhett could add more songs and he was able to secure “It Goes Like This.”

  • Album: It Goes Like This
  • Year: 2013
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “I’ve had a melody in my head since / She walked in here and knocked me dead”

“Give Me Some of That”

Rhett Akins, Cole Swindell, and Michael Carter collaborated to create the tune. Akins told Roughstock that Swindell and Carter brought the first three lines of the chorus to him and then they went to work. Once again, Akins didn’t expect his son to cut it as they thought his album was completed.

The songwriters pitched it to a few artists but they all passed. “We were scratching our heads going we think this song is so awesome, so why is it being passed on? I think it’s just one of those things where a song is meant to be where it’s meant to be,” he continued. “Both of these songs I truly believe were meant for Thomas Rhett. I think that’s why they were both passed on by a bunch of people.”

  • Album: It Goes Like This
  • Year: 2013
  • RIAA: 2x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Got me spinnin’ around, I ain’t even on the dance floor”

“Make Me Wanna”

Before “Make Me Wanna” became an official single, the song became a staple in his live show. The tune was written by Thomas Rhett, Bart Butler, and Larry McCoy.

“Thomas was running late. He shows up, and he says, ‘Guys, I’m sorry. But do you know who the Bee Gees are? I was watching the movie Airplane last night. You know that whole Saturday Night Live Fever thing?'” he recalled to The Boot. “I go, “Yeah.’ He said, ‘I like that feel, the disco feel. I’ve got this little riff.'”

  • Album: It Goes Like This
  • Year: 2014
  • RIAA: Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Pull this truck to the side of the road / Slide on over, let me hold you close and tell / You everything I’m thinking”
  • Award: BMI Country Awards Top 50 Songs

“Crash and Burn”

Jesse Frasure and Chris Stapleton wrote “Crash and Burn” in 2012. Rhett first heard the song after his manager sent him the demo that Stapleton recorded and was considering releasing himself. “So I just texted Chris and said, ‘Hey, man, I heard this song you wrote called “Crash and Burn’ … If you ever wake up one day and decide that you don’t want anything to do with this song, please let me be the first person to have it,” Rhett told Kickin’ Country. Stapleton ended up going in a different direction and Rhett could have it.

Frasure recalled that this was the second song he wrote with Stapleton and that Rhett fought for the song until it ended up working out.

  • Album: Tangled Up
  • Year: 2015
  • RIAA: 2x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “It’s the sound of teardrops fallin’ dooou oun, dooou oun”

“Die A Happy Man”

Not many artists can say that they sold over 6 million copies of their song, but Thomas Rhett can! “Die A Happy Man” quickly became a fan favorite and staple among wedding songs. Pop singer Tori Kelly was featured on a remix of the song for the deluxe edition of his record. Aside from reaching No. 1 on the country charts, he also peaked at No. 21 on the all-genre U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Album: Tangled Up
  • Year: 2015
  • RIAA: 6x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “The look in your eyes and the Marvin Gaye”
  • Awards: ACM Single of the Year, CMA Single of the Year, Billboard Music Awards Top Country Song

“T-Shirt”

Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally co-wrote “T-Shirt.” The song was first put on hold by fellow Big Machine artist Tim McGraw. After McGraw decided to part with the song, Thomas Rhett snagged it and wanted it on his first record but already completed it so he had to release it on his sophomore album.

Thomas Rhett’s father, Rhett Akins, heard the song and knew how much it meant to his son. They were on tour together when Thomas Rhett was bummed that he couldn’t record the song.

They got in a huddle with the song’s co-writer Gorley and said, “God, if you want Thomas Rhett to have this song, thank you. If you want Tim to have this song, I hope it’s a huge hit. Whatever happens, just give Thomas Rhett some peace, and let’s get on with it.” The next day, McGraw decided to pass on it and Rhett secured it.

  • Album: Tangled Up
  • Year: 2016
  • RIAA: 2x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “It was two for one and four for two / Had Christmas lights in the middle of June”

“Star of the Show”

Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip co-wrote “Star of the Show.” The song was inspired by his wife, Lauren. “‘Star of the Show’ is one of those songs that I have lived with for a while and kept coming up as a song we needed to record and get to the fans,” Rhett shared. “I wrote it with my dad right after I got married, and it was the first song I ever wrote about Lauren. It was a staple in our set before we had any hits and fans still request it to this day. The Deluxe allows us to thank our fans for an incredible year by putting out a few new songs like this one.”

Rhett performed it at concerts during his first album’s promotional cycle. Rhett included it on his second record at the fans’ request. Aside from the country No. 1, it also debuted at number 88 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Album: Tangled Up
  • Year: 2016
  • RIAA: Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “‘Cause everywhere we go girl, you’re the star of the show”

“Craving You”

Rhett was scheduled to co-write with Julian Bunetta the day that “Craving You” was created but he was sick and couldn’t make it. Once the demo was created, Rhett immediately knew that it was going to be a hit.

“I think she adds so much life and so much intensity to this song,” Rhett told Taste of Country of his duet partner Morris. “That was already this kind of longing song. I think having a female voice on top of it made it just more that way.”

The song marked Morris’ first No. 1 hit.

  • Album: Life Changes
  • Year: 2017
  • RIAA: Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “All the in-between is killing me / You know I come unglued from missing you”

“Unforgettable”

Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, and Shane McAnally wrote “Unforgettable.” Surprisingly, the song was not about his relationship with his wife.

“[It’s] not really super personal to me and Lauren’s story,” Rhett told Big Machine. “We basically kind of made up this story of this husband telling his wife ‘I remember every single detail about that night, what you were drinking, what song you were singing, what shoes you were wearing.’ [I] did not think it was going to be the second single off this project, but it is and I’m really excited about it.”

  • Album: Life Changes
  • Year: 2017
  • RIAA: 2x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Oh, and I tried to guess your middle name / For thirty minutes bet we played that game”

“Marry Me”

 Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley and Shane McAnally wrote the romantic anthem, “Marry Me.” The song wasn’t entirely inspired by Rhett’s wife but rather what could have happened if he didn’t tell her how he loved her since they were at church camp in seventh grade.

“We wrote this fantasy story about me going to her wedding (where she’s) marrying somebody else,” Rhett told The Tennesseean. “It’s a pretty morbid thought, but I’m a sucker for a good sad song.”

  • Album: Life Changes
  • Year: 2017
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Together can never be close enough for me / To feel like I am close enough to you”
  • Awards: CMA Music Video of the Year

“Life Changes”

Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley and Jesse Frasure wrote “Life Changes.” The song is one of Rhett’s personal favorites of his. “[It’s] definitely one of my favorite songs to write and definitely probably the most personal song that I have allowed people to listen to,” he told WBWN.

At the time of the song’s creation, life was changing for Rhett. “We adopted Willa and halfway through that Lauren got pregnant,” he said. “It’s just so many crazy things that we kind of just followed our gut and tried to do, I guess, what was the right thing in that moment and it led us to where we are now.”

  • Album: Life Changes
  • Year: 2018
  • RIAA: Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “You wake up, ain’t nothing the same and life changes / You can’t stop it, just hop on the train”

“Sixteen”

Rhett wrote the song with Sean Douglas and Joe Spargur. Rhett began the song when he was 25-years-old. This was one of the first songs that he finished for the record. He even considered titling it after this song.

“I thought it would be the first single. As you start to write, you start to figure out what’s first, what’s last, what’s second—and ‘Sixteen,’ to me, is one of my favorite songs I’ve gotten to write,” Rhett told ACC via The Ty Bentli Show. “I think that that story is so relatable to so many people. All of us that are young want to be old, and all of us that are old want to be young, and I think that song, really, the message is just be content where you are and really enjoy your life.”

  • Album: Life Changes
  • Year: 2018
  • RIAA: Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Now that I can drive, finally feel alive, but I got this curfew”

“Look What God Gave Her”

Thomas Rhett wrote the song with his father Rhett Akins, Julian Bunetta, Josh Ryan, Jacob Kasher, and Ammar Malik. Rhett also co-produced the tune with Dan Huff. Rhett wrote the song about Lauren.

“I wanted to tweak a couple of lines in the second verse, add a bridge, and then when we did, it became one of those songs that got super infectious,” he told The Tennesseean. He said that he loved what the overall message is and that he loves thanking God for the gifts in his life, like his family. “The list could go on forever. It’s really cool to be able to hype that up in the song.”

  • Album: Center Point Road
  • Year: 2019
  • RIAA: Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Her song is on and she’s spinning around, yeah”

“Remember You Young”

Thomas Rhett co-wrote the song alongside Ashley Gorley and Jesse Frasure. The song is universally relatable and sparks personal memories for Rhett.

“[It]is a song that’s really just about envisioning all your favorite people in your life in their prime,” although he notes, “that prime could mean a lot of different things,” he told 97.5 Country.

  • Album: Center Point Road
  • Year: 2019
  • RIAA: Gold
  • Standout lyric: “For worse or for better, from now ’til forever / I’ll always remember you young”
  • Awards: ACM Video of the Year

“Beer Cant Fix” Featuring Jon Pardi

Julian Bunetta, Ryan Tedder, Zach Skelton, and Rhett wrote “Beer Can’t Fix.” The idea for the song came about when they were playing golf and suddenly began winning after drinking a beer.

“We started talking about titles we could write around that and ‘Ain’t Nothing A Beer Can’t Fix’ is what we landed on,” Rhett told Billboard. “I literally called Jon before we even finished the song. I played him the chorus on my phone and I said, ‘I need you to sing on this with me, I think it’s going to be a big song,’ and he put his vocal on it the next week.”

  • Album: Center Point Road
  • Year: 2020
  • RIAA: Platinum
  • Standout lyric: “Ain’t nothin’ that a beer can’t fix / Ain’t no pain it can’t wash away”

“What’s Your Country Song”

Thomas Rhett wrote the tune alongside Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley and Parker Welling. This song marked his seventeenth No. 1 hit. “We wrote this song on the road last year in Dallas, Texas,” Rhett shared in a statement. “It’s really about how I was noticing that no matter where you live or where you’re from, everyone has a little bit of country inside their bones.”

Rhett later revealed that his go-to country song is “These Boots” by Eric Church.

  • Album: Country Side A
  • Year: 2021
  • RIAA: Gold
  • Standout lyric: “Everybody got a small town anthem / Everybody got a story to tell”
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