The whole record was written and produced solely by Zach, is very raw and real in terms of the subject matter, and definitely feels very “him,” so to speak, and to the surprise of no one, has been dominating the charts and is expected to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart after release week wraps up (they calculate sales/units moved from the first full week to determine that number).
And of course, there was an incredible amount of great music released this past Friday, also thanks in large part to the Turnpike Troubadours and Morgan Wade, so narrowing down one Song of the Week was quite a challenging task, to say the least.
“I Remember Everything” has been at the top of my list from the first listen, though, and is even better than I hoped it would be. How amazing is it when two of your favorite artists get together and deliver a song that’s this damn good? It makes being a fan of music so much fun.
The heartbreaking tune finds the narrators reminiscing on a past relationship and admitting that they remember every little moment and fleeting evening they spent together:
“Cold shoulder at closing time, You were begging me to stay ’til the sun rose, Strange words come out of a grown man’s mouth When his mind’s broke
Pictures and passing time You only smile like that when you’re drinking Wish I didn’t but I do Remember every moment from the night’s with you”
There’s something so forlorn and magical, yet heartbreaking about it, and I simply cannot get enough. I was hoping that I would be able to say I love it as much as I do, and I’m happy to report that I am, quite literally, obsessed.
And it sounds like I’m not alone in that, seeing as the song debuted at #1 on the U.S. Spotify chart with 2.496 million streams, a first for both artists, and has been absolutely crushing it across all other streaming platforms too:
In addition, all 16 of the songs from Zach Bryan are currently charting in the “Top 20” on Apple Music charts in the United States.
Country music continues to have a moment on the mainstream, pop charts, which has been pretty cool to see, especially with very talented and well-deserving artists like Zach and Kacey.
And in a crazy turn of events, Kacey shared on Instagram that she actually had “full blown strep” when she recorded her vocals, which makes it all the more impressive because she really sounds perfect.
She added that only confirmed what she already knew about it, though: “This song is sick as fuck.”
Amen to that…
“‘I Remember Everything’ – out now. Thank you, @zachlanebryan for having me collab on this gorgeous song. I definitely pulled some of my own life into it.
Fun fact, y’all: I had full blown strep when I recorded this song but somehow I pushed through. So it’s confirmed: this song is sick as fuck.”
Kacey’s pure and beautiful voice contrasts so beautifully with Zach’s more gruff, raw vocals, and this is by far and away one of my favorite singles released this year, and I don’t see how anyone else is going to top it.
“I Remember Everything”
“I Remember Everything” was also featured on the Whiskey Riff New Music Friday Playlist, along with tons of other great new releases from this past week in country music.
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