It’s Lauren Alaina, runner-up from Season 10 of American Idol with her smash hit, “Road Less Traveled.”
And to say Lauren is overcome with joy at the news might be an understatement.
She got a call about the ranking over the weekend and took to Facebook to post a teary-eyed thank you to fans, especially those who have stuck with her since the beginning of her career.
“We did it,” said Lauren, 22. “We have the number one song in the country. And I’m a mess. Clearly. … I’m sorry. I’m ugly crying, but I wanted to say thank you to everyone. I hope it’s the first of many.
“You guys have never given up on me. It only took us six years, but we finally did it.”
The excitement is understandable. Other than Carrie Underwood, I know of only one country singer from American Idol who has hit number one on Billboard’s Country Airplay or Hot Country Songs chart.
Kellie Pickler never did it. Scotty McCreery, winner of Season 10, didn’t either.
Josh Gracin from Season 2 of Idol with his second post-show single, “Nothing to Lose,” way back in 2004.
Lauren wrote “Road Less Traveled” with Jesse Frasure and pop star Meghan Trainor and also thanked them in her video message.
“Road Less Traveled” has been on the country airplay chart for 34 weeks. Last week, it was number three.
The song is also number 12 on the Hot Country Songs chart, where it was number eight a week ago.
For those wondering, Lauren’s best performing song from her 2011 debut album was “Georgia Peaches,” which hit number 28.
Just in case you missed it, here’s the official music video for the song.