Country radio finally caught up with the rest of the country world. After 43 weeks, Maren Morris’ single “I Could Use a Love Song” topped the radio charts. This marks the first No. 1 single for Morris as a solo artist. She also took part as a featured vocalist on Thomas Rhett’s No. 1 song “Craving You.”
Morris shared her thoughts on the milestone in a tweet. “43 weeks,” Morris says. “Proud to be a woman today. To my amazing Columbia promo team, to country radio, to the fans, thank you for making ‘I Could Use A Love Song’ my first number one.”
She also shared a screen grab of the song at the top of the chart.
43 weeks. Proud to be a woman today. 🎤💨To my amazing Columbia promo team, to country radio, to the fans, thank you for making “I Could Use A Love Song” my first number one. pic.twitter.com/NvQAYgCTBZ
— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) January 12, 2018
It’s a huge achievement for Morris, who already has a Grammy award, CMA award and ACM award under her belt. Her debut single “My Church” skyrocketed her career and made her one of the buzziest artists in country music. But radio failed to honor the award-winning song with enough spins to reach No. 1.
And yet that didn’t stop Morris from becoming one of the biggest success stories in any format after her major label debut album Hero. In a few short years, she opened for Keith Urban, sold out dozens of dates on her own headlining tour and even became the first country artist to ink a modeling contract with New York agency Wilhelmina Models.
But still, seeing a song hit the top of the radio charts is a special moment for any artist. “I Could Use a Love Song” isn’t the typical radio hit either, making it even more special for the Texas native who wrote and recorded the song before she had a record deal.
With the news, Morris also becomes the first female to top the country radio charts in 2018. That’s good news and a great start, since 2017 saw embarrassingly few females top the chart.