Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line’s 2017 collaboration, “Meant to Be,” spent a record-smashing 50 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2017/2018. The tune’s closest competitor on the all-time list is Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road,” which spent 34 weeks at No. 1 in 2017.
Co-penned by Bebe Rexha, Josh Miller, David Garcia and FGL’s Tyler Hubbard, “Meant to Be” also topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart in April 2018, which netted FGL its 14th No. 1 single, while Bebe scored her first.
As FGL’s Tyler Hubbard told Kix Brooks of American Country Countdown, the record-setting collaboration is a reminder to “think outside the box.”
“I think it’s just a reminder and an inspiration to think outside the box, you know?” says Tyler to Kix. “I mean, that was a very untraditional write for us. We were out in L.A. writing—writing with Bebe Rexha, who we didn’t even know at the time. She didn’t know who FGL was, and [we wanted] to be open-minded. I mean, you never know what’s gonna happen, you know? So that song is just a reminder of that. It’s very powerful. It’s amazing to see how it connects with the fans, and even, you know, country radio for all of the support. It’s just been unbelievable to see what that song has done.”
Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart All-Time Record
1. “Meant to Be” – Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha – 50 weeks (2018)
2. “Body Like a Back Road” – Sam Hunt — 34 weeks (2017)
3. “Cruise” – Florida Georgia Line – 24 weeks (2012)
photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com