Zach Bryan Becomes First Country Artist To Debut At #1 On Hot 100 And Billboard 200 Album Charts

Posted September 5, 2023 by with 3 comments

Other than Dolly Parton, I’ve never been a big country music fan, but I’ve become slightly (OK majorly) obsessed with Zach Bryan over the last week, so him having the #1 song and the #1 album in the United States is really nice news. Maybe Americans have a little bit of taste left after all? Via Billboard:

Continuing his chart breakthrough that began in 2022, singer-songwriter Zach Bryan’s “I Remember Everything” featuring Kacey Musgraves launches at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song – each singer-songwriter’s first Hot 100 leader – is from Bryan’s self-titled LP, which concurrently premieres at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. […] The 16-song country-rock effort, his fourth full-length studio album, launches with 200,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Aug. 31, according to Luminate — the largest week for any rock album in four years. It’s also the first rock effort to hit No. 1 in more than a year. The set’s opening frame is largely powered by streaming activity — and the album boasts the biggest streaming week ever for a rock album.


They’re calling it both a rock and a country album, which I guess makes sense. The #1 single is pretty low key and not even the best song on the album, but it’s a solid and sweet little duet, although Musgrave’s voice is so soft, I wish he was singing with someone who had stronger vocals that could match his:

The best song on the album is called “Tourniquet”:

And the beautiful “Someday,” from his previous album: