Carrie Underwood’s latest single “Church Bells” crowns this week’s Nielsen/Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) Country Airplay Chart (CAC), gaining 2.066 million impressions over the previous week to finish with an audience of 48.908 million.This gain is just slightly smaller than Florida Georgia Line’s (FGL)H.O.L.Y.”, which gains 2.397 million impressions to finish with 45.617 million impressions. Last week’s Number One song, Jason Aldean’sLights Come On” loses 7.001 million in audience and finishes the week at number three.

FGL should overtake Underwood before the work week ends

One day into the tracking period, “Church Bells” is already losing audience, while “H.O.L.Y.” is still gaining in impressions. Based on the current trends, FGL will likely overtake Underwood by Thursday.FGL has maintained virtually unprecedented sales and streaming activity for theCountry format, and is beginning to pick up airplayfromHot Adult Contemporary (HAC). Once again, these two songs occupy Billboard’s (BB) Hot Country Songs Chart (HCSC), but in reverse order – and with FGL maintaining a huge lead over Underwood.

However, this week’s Mediabase Rate The Music (RTM) scores show Underwood rising 6-2, with FGL finishing outside the Top 15 for a second straight week. So while “H.O.L.Y.” stays at Number One for an eleventh week on BB's HCSC, much (but certainly not all) of FGL’s sales and streaming strength seems to be coming from beyond the genre’s traditional fan base.

Therefore, FGL seems likely to get at least two weeks at Number One on the CAC with “H.O.L.Y.

”, but will almost certainly fall out of Number One on the CAC well before vacating the top spot on BB’s HCSC. To look at last week’s CAC positions and audience totals, please click on this article. For the CAC from two weeks ago, please click here. To look at the CAC from three weeks ago, please click here.

Country Airplay Chart week ending 17 July

Here is the Top 30 Country Airplay Chart for the week ending 17 July.

Audience totals, provided in millions next to each artist’s name, are tabulated by Nielsen/BDS' monitoring of 151 Country stations across the U.S. This list combines current and recurrent songs together to provide the most accurate reflection of what Country listeners hear the most each tracking period.

  • Church Bells – Carrie Underwood – 48.908 – Wk. 1 at No. 1
  • H.O.L.Y. – Florida Georgia Line – 45.617
  • Lights Come On – Jason Aldean – 43.462
  • Record Year – Eric Church – 40.508
  • Fix – Chris Lane – 40.115
  • Wasted Time – Keith Urban – 37.984
  • Head Over Boots – Jon Pardi – 34.452
  • American Country Love Song – Jake Owen – 29.938
  • From The Ground Up – Dan + Shay – 29.639
  • Somewhere On A Beach – Dierks Bentley – 27.844
  • T-Shirt – Thomas Rhett – 27.558
  • Make You Miss Me – Sam Hunt – 27.264
  • Peter Pan – Kelsea Ballerini – 25.681
  • You Look Like I Need A Drink – Justin Moore – 23.102
  • Noise – Kenny Chesney – 22.269
  • Night’s On Fire – David Nail – 22.560
  • Think Of You – Chris Young/Cassadee Pope – 21.292
  • She’s Got A Way With Words – 20.618
  • Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Every Day – 19.671
  • Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett – 19.291
  • Running For You – Kip Moore – 19.196
  • Came Here To Forget – Blake Shelton – 19.134
  • Snapback – Old Dominion – 18.583
  • Without A Fight – Brad Paisley/Demi Lovato – 17.396
  • Different For Girls – Dierks Bentley/Elle King – 17.161
  • Castaway – Zac Brown Band – 16.658
  • Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw – 15.146
  • Mind Reader – Dustin Lynch – 14.969
  • It All Started With A Beer – Frankie Ballard – 14.862
  • Rock On – Tucker Beathard – 14.827
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