Jukebox Heroes: Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert and More

They Top the TouchTunes 2014 Year End Charts

Luke Bryan and Brantley Gilbert share top honors on the TouchTunes 2014 Year End Charts, which track plays on jukeboxes across the country.

In fact, the charts show that country music is the undisputed king of jukebox plays.

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Bryan is the top-played artist of the year nationwide, beating out rock legends like AC-DC and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Four other country artists show up in the Top 10 — Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Johnny Cash and George Strait.

Since jukeboxes are almost exclusively located in bars, Bryan’s catalog of boozy songs like “Drunk on You,” “Rain Is a Good Thing” and “Drink a Beer” seems to be a perfect fit.

“Since I started my career playing bars across this country, it makes me proud to be TouchTunes’ top-played artist this year,” said Bryan. “I hope I can continue to make music that makes people want to have fun.”

State by state, Bryan was the top-played artist across almost the entire Eastern half of the country, while Church held down the Northern plains. Strait is still king in the Southwest.

Meanwhile, Gilbert’s “Bottoms Up” was named the most-played song of 2014, taking the honor over pop smashes like “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry (featuring Juicy J) and “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.

Five more country tunes land in this category — “Country Girl (Shake It for Me),” Bryan; “Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker; “Smoke a Little Smoke,” Church; “Copperhead Road,” Steve Earle; and “Dirt Road Anthem,” Aldean.

“Just found out that ’Bottoms Up’ was the most played song on TouchTunes in 2014,” said Gilbert. “It means so much to me that the song resonated with so many people.”

“Bottoms Up” was the most-played song, but only in states like Indiana, Pennsylvania and Nebraska, suggesting that country fans there put way more quarters in the slot than those in New York, Texas and California – states that played “Dark Horse” the most.

And congrats to the fine people Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota, who displayed excellent taste in playing “Copperhead Road” more than any other song.

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