Luke Bryan Rides ‘Waves’ to 27th Number One at Country Radio

It's the fifth single and fifth Number One from 'Born Here Live Here Die Here.'

Written by Chris Parton
Luke Bryan Rides ‘Waves’ to 27th Number One at Country Radio
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JUNE 09: Luke Bryan performs on stage for day 4 of the 2019 CMA Music Festival on June 09, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Superstar Luke Bryan has ridden his latest single, “Waves,” up to Number One at country radio, marking the 27th chart topper of his career.

Completing the climb after its release in April, the track sits on top of both major radio charts — Billboard’s Country Airplay and Mediabase/Country Aircheck — and comes off Bryan’s 2020 album, Born Here Live Here Die Here.

Written by Zach Crowell, Ryan Hurd and Chase McGill, “Waves” features a powerful undercurrent of romance, with Bryan overcome by the pull of attraction. It’s his fifth single and fifth Number One off the Born Here Live Here Die Here album, and the Georgia hit maker says he continues to be amazed at his own success.

“It’s crazy to know we are five singles deep off the Born Here Live Here Die Here album,” Bryan told Billboard of the news. “The longevity that country radio and my fans have given my career truly means a lot. I have never taken for granted that I get to make my living doing something that makes me so happy. Thank you for this #1 and loving a song about summer love!”

Nearly every track Bryan has released since 2010’s “Rain Is a Good Thing” has reached the top of the Billboard country radio charts, with “Waves” joined by “Down To One,” “One Margarita,“What She Wants Tonight,” and “Knockin’ Boots” since 2019.

Along with the hits Born Here Live Here Die Here has also spawned a tour named the Proud To Be Right Here Tour, with dates scheduled through the fall. Earlier this year it included a stop in Nashville which featured a surprise appearance by Morgan Wallen, returning to the stage for the first time since being removed from country radio playlists in February.

There’s no word on which song will be the next radio single from Luke Bryan, but he is currently featured on Jordan Davis’ “Buy Dirt” and just released “Songs You Never Heard” in honor of his late brother Chris, who passed away before Bryan’s country music success. The track came alongside the original five-part docuseries, Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary, on IMDb TV.