Sam Hunt released one song in 2017: “Body Like a Back Road,” which just happened to be the biggest country song of year. The tune was the best-selling country song in 2017, spent a record 34 weeks atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
Sam followed up the release of “Body Like a Back Road” by dropping “Downtown’s Dead” in May, which has since peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart (June 11) and is currently No. 18.
From the look of things, No. 15 is as good as it’s gonna get for “Downtown’s Dead,” as Sam’s label, MCA Nashville, is reportedly “off the song,” which means country radio stations probably won’t have it in heavy rotation anymore. Of the six previous singles Sam has released via MCA Nashville—sans “Downtown’s Dead”—five have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, while “Break Up in a Small Town” peaked at No. 2.
Nonetheless, Sam dropped a new video for “Downtown’s Dead” on July 18, which features him cruising the streets of Bernal, Mexico, via his favorite mode of transportation: motorcycle. You can check out the new video below, but don’t be surprised if Sam announces a new single in the coming weeks, perhaps “Nothing Lasts Forever,” a new tune he has mentioned in previous interviews.
photo by Jason Simanek