Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” Makes History

Hit Single Breaks a Billboard Record

On the heels of Jimi Westbrook’s vocal cord surgery and the group’s subsequent summer tour postponement, CMA winning-quartet Little Big Town finally got some great news.

Their hit single “Girl Crush” continues to dominate Billboard’s country songs chart in the number one spot for the 11th consecutive week, which means they’ve officially set a new record as the longest run by a group (of at least three members) in the chart’s history.

That’s a whopping 56 years. The previous was held by the Browns for “The Three Bells” back in 1959.


And that’s just the beginning. “Girl Crush” is in its third consecutive week as the top country download on the Nielsen SoundScan digital country songs chart, which makes it the most downloaded country song in 2015, already moving nearly 1 million units.

That many “crushes” proves that when a song is that good, there’s no stopping it.

Part of the reason is because “Girl Crush” is about a topic everyone can identify with.

“Everybody I know — men and women — have been rejected,” LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman told CMT Hot 20 Countdown. “If you listen to the words of the song, that’s what that’s about. … Somebody has chosen someone else over me, over all of us, and that’s the sentiment is universal.”

“Liz Rose, Hillary Lindsey and Lori McKenna wrote this song and the moment that we heard it, done deal,” Karen Fairchild “Like, please let us cut this song!

“And we knew that it would be edgy. … I don’t know what the right word is. It doesn’t feel that way to me singing the story. It just feels like I’m telling a story about a girl that is looking at the other girl that her man left for and saying, ‘What does she have that I don’t have?’”

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.