The 10 Best-Selling Digital Songs of 2016 Include Tunes by Dan + Shay, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini—But Who’s No. 1?

The 10 Best-Selling Digital Songs of 2016 Include Tunes by Dan + Shay, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini—But Who’s No. 1?

According to Billboard and Nielsen Music, individual track sales took a hit in 2016, dropping from 113.9 million units sold in 2015 to 87.5 million units in 2016. Even with the 26.4-million decline, two artists managed to release singles that soared over the 1-million mark: Florida Georgia Line’s “H.O.L.Y” (1.37 million) and Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind” (1.02 million). Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man” (910,000) fell just short of the 1-million threshold.

Rounding out the Top 5 were Maren Morris’ “My Church” (830,000) and Dierks Bentley’s “Somewhere on a Beach” (697,000).

10 Top-Selling Country Digital Songs of 2016
  1. “H.O.L.Y.” – Florida Georgia Line – 1,379,000
  2. “Humble and Kind” – Tim McGraw – 1,023,000
  3. “Die a Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett – 910,000
  4. “My Church” – Maren Morris – 830,000
  5. “Somewhere on a Beach” – Dierks Bentley – 697,000
  6. “You Should Be Here” – Cole Swindell – 681,000
  7. “Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban – 660,000
  8. “Head Over Boots” – Jon Pardi – 626,000
  9. “From the Ground Up” – Dan + Shay – 607,000
  10. “Peter Pan” – Kelsea Ballerini – 604,000

Interestingly enough, only one song on the list didn’t ascend to the top of Billboard’s Country Airplay chart in 2016: Maren Morris’ “My Church,” which peaked at No. 9. Maren’s performance of the tune at the CMA Awards, as well as winning the CMA New Artist of the Year, certainly helped increase sales.

photos via: Cole Swindell by Jim Wright/Schmidt Relations; Dierks Bentley courtesy The Greenroom PR; Jon Pardi courtesy UMG Nashville; Florida Georgia Line courtesy CMT; Maren Morris by LeAnn Mueller/Sony Music; Kelsea Ballerini by Joseph Llanes/Sweet Talk Publicity; Tim McGraw courtesy PMK/BNC

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Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Congrats to Chris Young who is a 3-time CMA Award nominee this year.

His song “Famous Friends”, which he sings with Kane Brown, racked up nominations in the categories of Single, Musical Event, and Video of the Year.

Talking about his nominations, Chris says “I was blown away by the fact that there were three award nominations for the song. I mean, there’s so much that’s gone into it and so many people that have fallen in love with it and supported it and, you know, just having a hit with your friend in the first place is great with a song like “Famous Friends” with my buddy Kane Brown, but then to be nominated for three different CMA Awards, including Single of the Year. It’s just incredible.”

Chris, Kane and all the other nominees will learn if they’re taking home trophies, when the 55th Annual CMA Awards are handed out in Nashville on Wednesday November 10 – broadcasted live on ABC.

Photo Credit: Jeff Johnson