“Forever Country,” the country music mash-up released by the Country Music Association to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the CMA Awards, debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart today, making it only the third song in the nearly 60 years of the chart to do so.
“Forever Country,” released Sept. 16, features 30 past CMA winners–billed as Artists of Now, Then And Forever–ranging from Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton to Trisha Yearwood, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Randy Travis, singing a medley of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again.”
Only two other songs have debuted at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart since its 1958 launch: Garth Brooks’ “More Than A Memory” in 2007 and, in what is sure to be a trivia question for the decades, The Voice winner Craig Wayne Boyd’s first single, “My Baby’s Got A Smile On Her Face,” in 2015.