Scotty McCreery adds his fifth total and consecutive No. 1 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart, as “Damn Strait” hits the top of the July 23 chart. In the tracking week ending July 17, the song drew 27.2 million audience impressions, according to Luminate.
The American Idol season 10 winner has topped Country Airplay with each single that the singer has released since he signed with Triple Tigers Records in 2017.
“My first country music concert was George Strait, and along with my love for Elvis [Presley], he inspired me to become a country music singer myself,” Scotty shared with Billboard. “When I did American Idol, George called me and requested I sing his  hit ‘Check Yes or No,’ and I still sing it from time to time in concert. Now, having my fifth straight No. 1 on a song that pays tribute to George, while at the same time being a classic country heartbreaker such as he might have sung, is such a full-circle moment that means the world to me. Trent Tomlinson and Jim Collins wrote a clever song that reaches beyond name-dropping Strait hits to tell a meaningful story.”
“Damn Strait” is the second single from Scotty’s latest album Same Truck, which peaked at No. 10 on Top Country Albums last October. It’s the singers 7th Top 10. He earned his third and most recent No. 1 album with Seasons Change in March 2018.
Same Truck lead single “You Time” became Scotty’s 4th Country Airplay No. 1 for a week last October. “Five More Minutes” was his first Country Airplay No. 1 (one week, March 2018). Scotty did it again with “This Is It” (two, February 2019) and then “In Between” (one, June 2020).
Scotty first appeared on Country Airplay with the No. 15-peaking “I Love You This Big” in August 2011 and has garnered two top 10s in addition to his No. 1s: “See You Tonight” (No. 8, March 2014) and “Feelin’ It” (No. 10, December 2014).