Lainey Wilson Scores Fifth Career #1 Single With “Watermelon Moonshine”

Alysse Gafkjen

HELL yes.

Lainey Wilson scored her fifth career #1 single at country radio today with her single “Watermelon Moonshine,” which was featured on her 2022 Bell Bottom Country record.

It topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart this week, one of two charts labels use to officially track their songs performance (along with the Mediabase chart).

This also marks the fastest climb to #1 at country radio for a solo female single since “Church Bells” by Carrie went #1 in 2016. She’s also the first solo female to take the top spot since she did it herself, back in September of 2021.

You love to see it, and a massive congrats to Lainey on another massive, likely multi-week, hit:

Written by Lainey along with Jordan Schmidt and Josh Kear, “Watermelon Moonshine” details Lainey’s first love, her first time, and how that memory is “always gonna taste like watermelon moonshine.”

It’s easy to draw comparisons to Deana Carter’s 1996 iconic hit “Strawberry Wine” when you hear this song, and if I had to guess, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Lainey pulled a little inspiration from it.

She describes how, even though she was way too young to know anything about love, she fell hard for this guy back then and thought it would last forever as “they gave each other more than our hearts.”

But as the title suggests, she needed the help of a little clear liquid from a mason jar to calm her nerves:

“I don’t remember where we got it from
I just remember feelin’ all grown up
Takin’ pulls like it ain’t no thing
Never told him it was my first drink
But I told him that he was the one
You’re so sure when you’re that young…”

It was easily my favorite song on her aforementioned album, and she put out an accompanying music video not too long ago as well that perfectly captures the young love and nostalgia in the song.

You can check it out below, and here’s to many more #1’s in Lainey’s future.

“Watermelon Moonshine”

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock