After 64-weeks, Gabby Barrett’s hit debut single “I Hope” has officially reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart, making history as she has now become the first female to top the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart with a debut solo single since Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take The Wheel” hit No. 1.
“What an amazing journey this song has taken me on,” Barrett told Billboard. “I feel so blessed and excited that fans are still loving and listening to it. I am so grateful.”
The smash hit previously reached No. 1 on both Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase Country radio airplay Charts earlier this year, earning Barrett her first No. 1 at Country Radio. However, the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart combines streaming, sales and airplay, making for an even bigger success for song.
“I Hope” was co-written by Barrett alongside Zachary Kale and Jon Nite.
The song also dethrones Maren Morris’ 19-week reign with her single “The Bones,” marking the first changing of the guard by two women in over nine years. The last women single’s to do this were Miranda Lambert’s “Heart Like Mine” which dethroned Sara Evans’ “A Little Bit Stronger” on May 28, 2011.
Barrett recently unleashed her debut album, Goldmine, in which this track and her current radio single “The Good Ones” appears on. The album also made history as it earned the most first-week debut album streams for any country act in history.