There's a lot of conversation about whether or not Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback to ever play the game of football. I lean towards yes on that. But while Tom has an impressive SIX Super Bowl rings and may very well get his 7th this year, remember he did also lose three. That makes his Super Bowl record 6-3 with his TENTH attempt coming next month.
So what does that have to do with Luke Combs?
This week, Luke Combs racked up his TENTH consecutive #1 country radio hit with "Better Together." Yes, that is a record...he was the previous record-holder with nine. (This is according to Mediabase Airplay Charts, Billboard grades it a little differently) If a single released to country radio is a "season," then Luke Combs is undefeated for ten straight "seasons." Nobody has ever done that, not even Garth.
How many more chart toppers until we put Luke Combs in the "GOAT" contention? Probably awhile, but at some point I think it will be a conversation. And I'm here for it!
So to celebrate this incredible achievement, let's run through Luke Combs' ten #1 singles.
It all started with "Hurricane"
Followed by one of my personal favorites, "When It Rains It Pours"
His third chart topper was "One Number Away"
His fourth straight number one was "She Got The Best Of Me."
And who could forget the song where he called his lady crazy and still got it to the #1 spot, don't try that at home. It's "Beautiful Crazy."
Then there was the time where he broke the record for the most straight number ones from a debut artist out of the gate with "Beer Never Broke My Heart," his sixth straight!
There's an unspoken rule in country music, that you're not really a country star until you sing a song about leaving. Luke accepted the challenge and made it his eight straight chart-topper with "Even Though I'm Leaving."
You might be saying, "But what about duets?" Yeah, Luke summoned the current CMA Entertainer of the Year, Eric Church, for his ninth chart topper "Does To Me."
That brings us to the current #1 song on country radio, Luke's TENTH straight number one. "Better Together."
At this point, one could say that Luke Combs and number one songs go (ahem) Better Together. Not sure how well Luke can through a spiral, but I'm sure he'd make a solid lineman. When it comes to perfection in their respective crafts, it's fair to point out that Luke Combs has a better track record than Tom Brady. And no signs of stopping for many years to come.
But then again, the way Tom is playing, he may not either. Congratulations, Luke! Here's to many more to come!