Saturday, February 18, 2023

Morgan Wallen “Last Night” spends 1st of 25 weeks atop country chart

Last Night

Morgan Wallen

Writer(s): John Byron, Ashley Gorley, Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Ryan Vojtesak (see lyrics here)

Released: January 31, 2023

First Charted: February 11, 2023

Peak: 116 BB, 11 DG, 119 ST, 13 AC, 5 A40, 1256 CN, 18 AU, 17 DF (Click for codes to charts.)

Sales (in millions): 6.0 US, 0.2 UK, 6.34 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 151.98 video, 698.21 streaming


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About the Song:

Country singer/songwriter was born in 1993 in Sneedville, Tennessee. He gained attention competing on the TV talent show The Voice in 2014. He signed a deal with Panacea Records and released his debut EP, Stand Alone, the following year. His debut album, If I Know Me, came out in 2018 and produced three songs which topped the country airplay chart. His next album, 2021’s Dangerous: The Double Album, topped the country and Billboard 200 album charts and went six times platinum. It also gave him two top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

Anticipation was high for his third album, 2023’s One Thing at a Time. Two singles from 2022 preceded the album, both reaching #1 on the country chart and the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Even so, it would have been hard to predict just how successful Wallen would be with his next single.

“Last Night” was the third single from One Thing at a Time. It vaulted itself into history with 25 weeks atop the country chart and 16 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. It was the 20th time a song topped both charts. SF In the history of the latter chart, only one song – Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” – spent more weeks on top (19). Two other songs – Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” and Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” – also logged 16 weeks at #1.

The last time a solo male country artist had topped the Billboard Hot 100 was all the way back in 1981 – when Eddie Rabbitt did it with “I Love a Rainy Night.” WK “Last Night” also became the first song in history to be #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 during six consecutive months. WK It was also the first song to land one billion on-demand streams in the United States in a single year. WK

Lyrically, the song explores a relationship plagued by ongoing issues. The protagonist sings about “a difficult conversation with his romantic partner, fueled by alcohol, from the previous night…[but] he still desires her love and strives to keep their union going.” SF


First posted 1/2/2024; last updated 1/3/2024.

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