The Brothers Osborne’s break-out hit song “Stay A Little Longer” has completed its long journey to No. 1. The duo shared the news via Twitter.
The song has been on the charts a few weeks shy of a year — not uncommon for new artists. But for TJ and John Osborne, the song has been around much longer. They told Wide Open Country in an interview that “Stay A Little Longer” was a song they recorded multiple times and that it always just “worked.”
As of midnight tonight, Stay A Little Longer is officially NUMBER ONE!!! Thank you guys so much. We love y'all! pic.twitter.com/r0HP3Sq67V
— Brothers Osborne (@brothersosborne) January 24, 2016
hey @brothersosborne. Congrats on your first #1. Now can I have my 20 dollars back you stole from my office. thanks! – BB
— Bobby Bones (@mrBobbyBones) January 24, 2016
Fans first got to hear the tune as a demo version they released on a 2014 EP. It’s rare for a band to have two versions of their breakout song available for fans to hear — particularly when one of them is labeled as a “demo” — but it didn’t hurt the Jay Joyce-produced version that just supplanted Thomas Rhett‘s “Die A Happy Man” at No. 1.
Several artists chimed in to congratulate the brothers.
So proud of you guys! TEAM FIESTA!
— Maddie & Tae (@MaddieandTae) January 24, 2016
In October, the duo released a music video for “Stay A Little Longer” that got more than a few people talking thanks to its depiction of real-life couples arguing and making up on screen, including an elderly couple and a gay couple. Many heralded the video as a depiction of true romance in a time where most music videos depict love through stereotypical actors.