Looks like Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" is on cruise control: Once the smash crossover hit made the charts, it's just been steadily chugging along going forward. The song has now spent a total of 17 weeks in the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart — making it the longest any song has held that spot in a full 50 years.
The last tune to top the 50-year-period was Leroy Van Dyke’s "Walk On By," which spent 19 weeks on top in 1961-1962. The all-time record is 21 weeks, a feat that's been accomplished by three artists: Eddy Arnold, Hank Snow and Webb Pierce; so if FLAGA hangs on to the top spot for just five more weeks, they'll be the new overall champions.
"Cruise" has a few other things in its favor: According to our own Chart Watch, it's the first song by an ongoing duo to log 17 weeks on top since "Slipping Around” by Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely in 1949-1950. Also, "Cruise” is in its third week at No. 2 on Hot Digital Songs. Having sold 4,544,000 copies, it's No. 4 on the Nielsen SoundScan’s running list of the best-selling country songs in digital history. Does that make you wanna roll your windows down, or what?
Florida Georgia Line are currently out on the road, playing over the holiday weekend and joining Luke Bryan on July 11. You can keep up with their schedule here.