Lainey Wilson Reflects On Earning Her First-Ever No. 1 Hit, Says “It’s Been A Whirlwind Of A Ride Since”

“Things A Man Oughta Know went #1 at country radio two years ago TODAY. Y’all that was my first single to #1 and it’s been a whirlwind of a ride since,” Wilson wrote.

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Lainey Wilson earned her first No. 1 song with “Things A Man Oughta Know” two years ago on September 19, and the country star reflected on the journey she’s taken in those two years since in a heartfelt video shared on Tuesday (Sept. 19).

Two Years Ago: “Things A Man Oughta Know” Went No. 1

Kicking off the clip with a brief dance break in her kitchen, Wilson told fans that her song had gone No. 1 two years ago on that day. “Ever since, it has been a dang whirlwind y’all.”

“Today I’m here at my house in Nashville, washing clothes, getting ready to hit the road again,” she continued. “There is no telling how many shows we have played since ‘Things of Man Ought to Know’ has went number one, and y’all still sing it at the top of your lungs every single dang night. Every night.”

The Louisiana native called her first No. 1 “one of my very first, most important and biggest accomplishments in the music business,” adding that “it seems like one blessing after another has just flowed since that moment. I love y’all.”

Wilson ended her video with an a cappella rendition of the song’s chorus, accompanied by her dog, Hippie Mae.

The singer added in her caption, “Things A Man Oughta Know went #1 at country radio two years ago TODAY. Y’all that was my first single to #1 and it’s been a whirlwind of a ride since.”

“Things A Man Oughta Know” was released in August 2020 as the second single from Wilson’s Redneck Hollywood EP and was later included on her 2021 album Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’. Written by Wilson with Jason Nix and Jonathan Singleton, the song won Song of the Year at the 2021 ACM Awards.

“Somebody told me back when I signed my first publishing deal, ‘Lainey, it’s gonna feel like you are being drug behind a ski boat for years,’” she told PEOPLE earlier this year. “‘Eventually, one day you’re gonna stand up — and then you’re gonna be off to the races.’”

Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Aubrey Wise/@aubreywisephoto
Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Aubrey Wise/@aubreywisephoto

Achieved New Heights Of success: “It’s Been A Whirlwind Of A Ride Since”

That day just might have been the day “Things a Man Oughta Know” went No. 1 — since then, Wilson has been on an upward trajectory that hasn’t slowed down. At the 2022 CMA Awards, she won New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year, having been nominated for a total of six awards. Lainey Wilson released her album Bell Bottom Country in 2022, and it won Album of the Year at the 2023 ACM Awards, where Wilson also won Female Artist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year and Visual Media of the Year for her collaboration with HARDY, “wait in the truck.”

She has nine nominations at the upcoming CMA Awards, leading the nominee field and setting a record as the first artist to lead the nominees in their first two years on the ballot. This year, Wilson is nominated for the night’s top honor, Entertainer of the Year, for the first time ever.

“I grew up in a town where country music is life: We eat, sleep and breathe it. I have loved it with my entire heart, and I feel like country music is finally starting to love me back,” she told PEOPLE, adding that the past year or so has been a “whirlwind.”

Currently, On Tour With HARDY

Wilson is currently working on her third album and is supporting HARDY on his the mockingbird & THE CROW Fall Tour.

“I’ve always just wanted to make people feel something with my music — whether it makes you want to laugh, cry or drink a beer,” she said. “For years I’ve tried to prove a lot of people wrong, but the truth is there’s a lot of people that I need to prove right.”

Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Mason Goodson
Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Mason Goodson

For more information and to stay up-to-date with Lainey Wilson, visit her official website HERE.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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