Parmalee and Blanco Brown Hit Number One With ‘Just the Way’

The flirtatious anthem is a body-positive hit! 

Written by Chris Parton
Parmalee and Blanco Brown Hit Number One With ‘Just the Way’
Parmalee and Blanco Brown; Photo Credit: Cody Heckber

Country band Parmalee returns to the top of the radio charts this week, reaching Number One alongside Blanco Brown with “Just the Way.”

Written by Parmalee’s Matt Thomas with Nolan Sipe and Kevin Bard, the smitten hit stands as a grooving celebration of imperfect perfection, and made its chart climb in 15 months. Its upbeat country-pop sound is matched by a tender-hearted refrain, with a body-positive message and plenty of flirtatious fun, and it’s now Number One on both the Billboard and Mediabase Country radio charts. The hit marks Parmalee’s second Number One overall, and their first since the 2013 breakout, “Carolina.”

“Having ‘Just the Way’ go No. 1 is amazing!” said Thomas. “As an artist or writer, all you can hope for is that your music connects with people and makes them feel something. We’re proud to be a part of something that has been able to spread positivity throughout the world, especially over the past year.”

“Thank you to our fans, Country radio and everyone on all platforms who believed in us and have helped us spread the message behind this song,” said Brown. “I have to thank my Parmalee boys for believing in me, supporting me and allowing me to share my purpose with them — it’s been quite the journey but we did it, boys!!! This song and this message going No. 1 is another beautiful blessing, I am so grateful to all of you that helped lead me to this incredible moment.”

“I love you just the way God made you / Girl, he don’t make mistakes / What you call your imperfections / I call beautiful, babe / So let my eyes be your mirror / And you’re bound to see it too / ‘Cause I was made for loving / Just the way God made you,” goes the hook.

“Just the Way” was released in December of 2019, making the trip to Number One in 15 months, and the track represents Brown’s first Number One at country radio. It arrives as the rap-influenced star of “The Git Up” is still recovering from a near-fatal motorcycle accident in September.