Based on a calculation of streams and sales, Be Like That by Kane Brown featuring rapper, Swae Lee and R&B singer, Khalid was the most listened to country song in the US in the past year (according to the NMPA Gold and Platinum Program, based on RIAA certifications).
Written by the three artists, Michael Len Williams, Alexander Izquierdo and Ryan Vojtesak, Be Like That mixes country with pop and hip-hop elements. The song is about the different feelings people have in a romantic relationship and accepting the ups and downs as normal.
Brown said of the track, “It’s about all the different feelings you can have in a relationship and trying not to overthink it. When it gets tough, you want to be on your own, but then you miss the person a second later.” He added. “I think it’s something everyone goes through.”
The song peaked at #53 on the ARIA charts and was later gold certified in Australia.
The Top Non-Performing Female Songwriter was Hilary Lindsey with 14 certifications including hits like Hole in the Bottle, Church Bells, Hide the Wine, One Beer and What She Wants Tonight.
The Top Non-Performing Male Songwriter was Ashley Gorley with 24 certifications for songs including Kick the Dust Up, What’s Your Country Song, Eyes on You, Good Girl and Born to Love You.
The Top Female Artist-Songwriter was Gabby Barrett with five certifications for I Hope and The Good Ones. While the Top Male Artist-Songwriter was Chris Stapleton with 16 certifications accumulated by songs Broken Halos, Come Back Song, Starting Over, Parachute, and Your Man.
The most listened-to song released prior to the past year went to Wagon Wheel, performed by Darius Rucker and written by Bob Dylan. The song went 9x Multi-Platinum.
NMPA President & CEO David Israelite said, “This line-up represents some of the most innovative minds in music. These songwriters crafted the soundtracks to yet another challenging year, where music was more important than ever. While we hope this is the last year, we will be forced to forego our in-person gala, we want to make sure these achievements are recognised and celebrated. To these songwriters, thank you for your commitment to making incredible music.”
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