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The Biggest Country Radio Hits of 2023 So Far

24 July 2023 | 4:09 pm | Mary Varvaris

Countrytown reveals the most-heard songs of 2023's first six months. We’ve also made a playlist of all the songs on this list for your listening pleasure.

L, R: Kaylee Bell, Morgan Wallen, James Johnston, Loren Ryan and Casey Barnes

L, R: Kaylee Bell, Morgan Wallen, James Johnston, Loren Ryan and Casey Barnes (Source: Supplied)

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Have you reached late July and wondered what the biggest country music songs of 2023 have been so far? Passing the mid-year point of the year, Countrytown has rounded up the most played songs on Australian country music radio, making a top 50 list from all the Radio Monitor statistics.

According to a new report published by Luminate, Australia has become the third-largest market for country music, only behind the most significant markets: the US and Canada. If you’ve been paying attention to Australia’s ARIA Albums Chart or the Singles Chart lately, you can quickly see that Luminate’s report and the chart we’re about to show readers is no surprise.

Holding out the #1 position for 2023 so far is Morgan Wallen’s Last Night, which won’t surprise too many people, given its mainstream-dominating performance this year, but it’s great to see The Wolfe Brothers and James Johnston holding firm for Australian music at #2 and #3. Jelly Roll has also put in a big performance with Son of a Sinner coming in at #4.

The biggest country songs of 2023 (so far) are diverse. There’s a strong showing of Australian talent alongside the most successful country music artists from the US, artists of different genders and race represented, but most of all, a passion for music. Where else can you find Loren Ryan, The Wolfe Brothers, Kaylee Bell, Bailey Zimmerman and Lee Kernaghan, Mitch Tambo & Isaiah Firebrace in a list alongside the likes of Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood? Only on Australian country radio.

Without further ado, check out the most spun songs on Australian country radio from Sunday 1 January to Friday 30 June 2023. The “peak” column shows their peak on the Countrytown Hot 50. We’ve also made a playlist of all the songs on this list for your listening pleasure.

Australia - Country Music Radio (by Impacts) | Sun 01 Jan - Fri 30 Jun 2023                                                                                                     

Pos         Peak      Artist                                                  Title      

1             1             Morgan Wallen                                Last Night           

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2             1             Wolfe Brothers, The                       Livin' The Dream             

3             1             James Johnston                                Got It Good        

4             2             Jelly Roll                                             Son Of A Sinner 

5             2             Kaylee Bell                                        Boots And All    

6             3             Hardy feat. Lainey Wilson             Wait In The Truck            

7             2             Casey Barnes                                    Summer Nights 

8             9             Tyler Hubbard                                   Dancin' In The Country  

9             3             Keith Urban                                      Street Called Main          

10           3             Morgan Evans                                  Over For You      

11           1             Casey Barnes                                    Small Town         

12           2             MacKenzie Porter                            Pickup  

13           4             Morgan Wallen                                One Thing At A Time      

14           1             Jackson Dean                                   Don't Come Lookin'        

15           10           Jason Aldean                                    That's What Tequila Does            

16           12           Bailey Zimmerman                          Fall In Love         

17           7             Luke Combs                                      Going, Going, Gone        

18           11           Kane Brown & Katelyn Brown      Thank God         

19           3             Amy Sheppard                                  Couple Goals     

20           1             Dustin Lynch                                     Party Mode        

21           8             Andrew Swift                                    You And Me And A Bottle Of Whiskey     

22           19           Lainey Wilson                                   Heart Like A Truck           

23           1             Luke Combs                                      Fast Car

24           6             ERNEST                                              Miss That Girl    

25           1             James Johnston & Kaylee Bell      Same Songs        

26           10           Zac & George                                    Bar Stool             

27           6             Hailey Whitters                                Plain Jane           

28           13           Sara Berki                                          Drinking For Free            

29           4             Brooke McClymont & Adam Eckersley                    Country Music, You & Beer              

30           6             Cole Swindell                                    She Had Me At Heads Carolina   

31           20           Zach Bryan                                        Something In The Orange            

32           7             Bailey Zimmerman                          Rock And A Hard Place  

33           11           Travis Collins                                     Just The Way     

34           13           Old Dominion                                   Memory Lane   

35           6             Wolfe Brothers, The                       Here's To The Ones         

36           6             Walker Hayes                                   Y'all Life              

37           23           Loren Ryan                                        Bounce Back     

38           12           Corey Kent                                        Wild as Her        

39           2             Kaylee Bell                                        Small Town Friday Nights             

40           8             Buckleys, The                                   Take It As It Comes          

41           16           Shania Twain                                    Giddy Up!          

42           1             Jimmie Allen                                     Down Home      

43           8             Fanny Lumsden                                Millionaire          

44           12           Taylor Moss                                      Ghosted              

45           13           Jordan Davis                                     What My World Spins Around     

46           18           Luke Grimes                                      No Horse To Ride             

47           4             Jackson Dean                                   Fearless              

48           3             Morgan Wallen                                You Proof            

49           10           Lee Kernaghan, Mitch Tambo & Isaiah Firebrace                 Come Together  

50           23           Carrie Underwood                           Hate My Heart