2013: ‘Cruise’ by Florida Georgia Line

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Number of weeks spent as #1: 19

Starting in October 2012, Billboard changed its ranking methodology to include digital streaming and downloads. This had a major effect on the longevity of artists staying in the #1 spot on the Hot Country chart, and led to Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” claiming the crown for 19 straight weeks (and 22 weeks overall in 2012). With more than 6 million downloads, it set a record for the best-selling digital country song of all time.

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