Luke Bryan’s No. 1 ‘Strip it Down’ Signals Ballads Are Making a Comeback


Luke Bryan has another number one hit on his hands.

His latest single, “Strip it Down”, landed on the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, as well as Country Airplay and Country Streaming Songs charts. His new album, Kill the Lights, also earned its seventh week at the No. 1 spot on the Top Country Albums chart. This is the first time a country artist has earned this kind of chart triple crown since Sam Hunt‘s “Take Your Time” and debut album, Montevallo, gained the top spot in Nov. 2014.

Although Bryan could probably release a recording of the alphabet and get it to number one at this point, it seems like this may be a sign of changing tastes in country music. For the first time in years, ballads seem to be making a comeback within the genre.

Along with “Strip it Down”, the top of the charts is overcome with slower and heartfelt tracks. Thomas Rhett‘s “Die a Happy Man” and Cam‘s “Burning House” are sitting steadily within the top 5.

If you look at the charts in full, there’s an obvious lean towards more substance and less party-anthems. Although these musical trends to fluctuate every few months, it’s one that’s worth watching to see if it sticks around long-term.

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Luke Bryan’s No. 1 ‘Strip it Down’ Signals Ballads Are Making a Comeback