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Shane McAnally Tops Country Producers Chart for First Time, Thanks to Hits by Walker Hayes, Old Dominion & More

Shane McAnally rules Billboard’s Country Producers chart (dated Oct. 9) for the first time on the strength of four production credits on the latest Hot Country Songs chart.

Walker Hayes’ “Fancy Like,” which McAnally co-produced with Hayes and Joe Thibodeau, rules Hot Country Songs for a 12th week, with 43.2 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 34%), 19.5 million U.S. streams and 19,600 downloads sold, according to MRC Data.

Here’s a look at all four of McAnally’s production credits on Hot Country Songs.

Rank, Artist Billing, Title (co-producers in addition to McAnally)
No. 1, Walker Hayes, “Fancy Like” (Walker Hayes, Joe Thibodeau)
No. 8, Old Dominion, “I Was on a Boat That Day” (Old Dominion)
No. 43, Carly Pearce, “What He Didn’t Do” (Josh Osborne)
No. 46, Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde, “Never Wanted to Be That Girl” (Josh Osborne)

McAnally also impacts Hot Country Songs as a songwriter, thanks to “I Was on a Boat That Day”; “Never Wanted to Be That Girl”; Kelsea Ballerini’s “Half of My Hometown,” featuring Kenny Chesney (No. 28); and Sam Hunt’s “23” (No. 31). McAnally spent two weeks atop the Country Songwriters chart in May 2020.

McAnally boasts an impressive history on Billboard’s charts, as a producer, writer and artist. He first ranked as an artist and songwriter in 1999 with his single “Say Anything,” followed by his “Are Your Eyes Still Blue” later that year.

He first appeared on Hot Country Songs as a producer in 2013, via Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go ‘Round” (No. 14 peak). Since then, he’s earned 21 top 10s as a producer, including five No. 1s: Sam Hunt’s “Leave the Night On” (one week at No. 1, 2014), “House Party” (six weeks, 2015) and “Take Your Time” (11 weeks, 2015); Artists of Then, Now & Forever’s “Forever Country” (two weeks, 2016); and Hayes’ “Fancy Like” (12 weeks to-date).

McAnally has earned nine No. 1s on Hot Country Songs as a songwriter: Chesney’s “Somewhere With You” (three weeks, 2011) and “Come Over” (two weeks, 2012); Jake Owen’s “Alone With You” (two weeks, 2012); The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two” (two weeks, 2013); Hunt’s “Leave the Night On,” “Take Your Time,” and “Body Like a Back Road” (34 weeks, 2017); “Forever Country”; and Morgan Wallen’s “7 Summers” (one week; 2020).

Meanwhile, Josh Jenkins tallies a third week at No. 1 on Country Songwriters, thanks to his work on “Fancy Like” and Jordan Davis’ “Buy Dirt,” featuring Luke Bryan, at No. 9.

The weekly Country Songwriters and Country Producers charts are based on total points accrued by a songwriter and producer, respectively, for each attributed song that appears on the Hot Country Songs chart. As with Billboard’s yearly recaps, multiple writers or producers split points for each song equally (and the dividing of points will lead to occasional ties on rankings).

The full Country Songwriters and Country Producers charts, in addition to the full genre rankings, can be found on Billboard.com.

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