Five country artists held the Top 10 spots on Billboard’s list of most-streamed country songs in 2021, with all but one of them landing multiple songs on the list.
They were an assembly of country’s usual suspects with one surprise wildcard, as well as one artist who had massive streaming success despite being benched by country radio early in the year.
Morgan Wallen was removed from many country radio playlists back in February after video footage emerged showing him using a racist slur. The fallout for Walllen was fast after that incident; he was also excluded from many of the top awards shows in 2021, he was suspended by his label and dropped by his booking agent and the singer stepped away from the limelight, asking fans to stop defending him and saying he wouldn’t be touring that year.
But even without industry support, his “Dangerous: The Double Album” was a record-breaking success, and the year-end list for streaming songs is a testament to the fact that support for Wallen amongst his fanbase never really waned.
The Top Ten Streaming Songs :
1 – Forever After All (Luke Combs)
2 – Tennessee Whiskey (Chris Stapleton)
3 – Starting Over (Chris Stapleton)
4 – Wasted On You (Morgan Wallen)
5 – I Hope (Gabby Barrett)
6 – Fancy Like (Walker Hayes)
7 – Whiskey Glasses (Morgan Wallen)
8 – Better Together (Luke Combs)
9 – Beautiful Crazy (Luke Combs)
10 – The Good Ones (Gabby Barrett)