The following albums placed on the Top Country Albums charts in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in See also: List of number-one country singles of U. Notes "—" denotes releases that did not chart. See also: List of number-one country albums of U.
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In , Billboard magazine published two main charts ranking the top-performing country music songs in the United States. The Hot Country Songs chart ranked songs based on digital downloads , streaming , and airplay not only from country stations but from stations of all formats, a methodology introduced in In the first issue of Billboard of the new year, Thomas Rhett was at number one on both charts with " Die a Happy Man ". On Hot Country Songs the song would continue to hold the top spot through the issue of Billboard dated March 19, finishing with a total of 17 weeks at number one. Additionally, it was the longest run at number one on Billboard ' s airplay-based country chart since This figure was also the highest total number of weeks spent in the top spot by any act, as no act achieved more than one chart-topper during the year. On the airplay listing, ten acts reached the top spot with more than one song; Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line each achieved three number ones during the year. Thomas Rhett's total of seven weeks at number one was the highest for any act. In the issue of Billboard dated October 8, the song " Forever Country ", credited to Artists of Then, Now and Forever, achieved the rare feat of entering the chart at number one. The song, a one-off collaboration between 30 country stars from various eras released to mark the 50th Annual Country Music Association Awards , was only the third track to enter at the top spot in the history of the Hot Country Songs listing.