Dierks Bentley scores his twelfth career number one single as "Drunk on a Plane" takes over the August 30, 2014, Billboard Country Airplay chart.
It's interesting to note that out of all thirty-four acts contributing to the week's biggest hits, only eight had songs charting ten years ago in 2004: Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, and Keith Urban.
Flashback twenty years ago to 1994 and only three acts (Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill) from that era are still making enough radio waves to chart in Billboard territory today.
That leaves twenty-four relatively new acts, some (Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean) nearing a decade in their career, others (Sam Hunt, Maddie & Tae) releasing their first singles, dominating the country charts.
This week's top five consists of Dierks Bentley's "Drunk on a Plane," "Riverbank" from Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum's "Bartender," Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's duet "Meanwhile Back At Mama's," and last week's top song "I Don't Dance" by Lee Brice.
Kenny Chesney's "American Kids," "Where It's At" by Dustin Lynch, "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight" by Cole Swindell, Florida Georgia Line's "Dirt," and "Roller Coaster" by Luke Bryan round out the top ten.
Holding positions eleven through fifteen are: "Small Town Throwdown" by Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, and Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice's "Ready Set Roll," "Somethin' Bad" from Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean's "Burnin' It Down," and "Later On" from the Swon Brothers.
"Dust" by the Eli Young Band, Zac Brown Band's "All Alright," "Leave the Night On," from Sam Hunt, Frankie Ballard's "Sunshine and Whiskey," and Eric Church's "Cold One" land at numbers sixteen through twenty, respectively.
Little Big Town, Big & Rich, Parmalee, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Maddie & Tae, Scotty McCreery, David Nail, Chase Bryant (the week's greatest gainer, jumping from #43 to #29), and Hunter Hayes complete the top thirty for the week.