Jason Aldean’s “Try That In A Small Town” Hits #1 On All-Genre Hot 100 Chart

Jason Aldean performing

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“Try That In A Small Town” By Jason Aldean Claims #1 Spot On All-Genre Billboard Hot 100 Chart Amid Controversy

Despite the controversy surrounding it and its music video, Jason Aldean‘s “Try That In a Small Town” is the #1 song in the U.S.

In a nutshell, Aldean experienced backlash after releasing the music video for “Try That In a Small Town.” People accused Aldean of promoting violence and some even called him “pro-lynching.”

CMT made the decision to pull the music video out of its rotation because of the controversy. That prompted Aldean to make a statement, in which he said:

These references are not only meritless, but dangerous. There is not a single lyric in the song that references race or points to it- and there isn’t a single video clip that isn’t real news footage -and while I can try and respect others to have their own interpretation of a song with music- this one goes too far.”

Jason Aldean releases statement about "Try That In a Small Town" controversy
Jason Aldean / Twitter

For a complete explanation of the controversy, look here.

Fans Throw Support Behind Jason & Send “Try That In A Small Town” To #1

While many have criticized Aldean during this time, others have thrown their support behind him. Hours after he released his statement, the song claimed the #1 spot on the all-genre iTunes chart.

Then, on July 24, “Try That In a Small Town” reached #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. It also occupied the #2 spot on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart.


Billboard reported that “Try That In a Small Town” debuted “with the biggest sales week for a country song in over 10 years.”

Now, one week later, “Try That In a Small Town” remains at #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart and jumped to the #1 spot on the Hot 100 chart. This is Aldean’s first time taking a song to #1 on the Hot 100. 

The Song’s Rise To #1 Helped Make Country Music History

Citing data from Luminate, Billboard reports that “Try That In a Small Town” generated 30.7 million streams (an increase of 165%) from July 21-27. Additionally, during that same time period, the song generated 8.8 million radio airplay audience impressions (an increase of 21%).

Also, Morgan Wallen‘s “Last Night” ranked at the #2 spot on the Hot 100, while Luke Combs‘ “Fast Car” landed at the #3 position. It marks the first time three country songs have been in the Hot 100‘s top three since the chart started in August 1958.

As of this writing, Aldean’s music video for “Try That In a Small Town” currently has nearly 24 million views on YouTube. Watch it below.