These Are Shane McAnally’s Biggest Hits, Including Sam Hunt “Body Like a Back Road”

Grammy-winning country songwriter, Shane McAnally, has written several top-charting hits for artists including Miranda Lambert and Kenny Chesney. He currently mentors aspiring songwriters on NBC’s SongLand, and his mentee’s single was chosen by John Legend on the first episode. What are some of Shane McAnally’s biggest hits?

Shane McAnally biggest hits
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What are some of Shane McAnally’s biggest hits?

Miranda Lambert “Mama’s Broken Heart”

McAnally co-wrote the single with Kacey Musgraves and Brandy Clark for Lambert’s 2011 fourth album, Four the Record. Listeners praised the song because of how Lambert performed the emotional record. The song peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs and number twenty on the Billboard Top 100. “Mama’s Broken Heart” is certified platinum, and has sold over 1.9 million units. McAnally earned a Grammy nomination for Best Country Song for “Mama’s Broken Heart.”

The Band Perry “Better Dig Two”

In 2012, McAnally wrote “Better Dig Two” alongside Trevor Rosen and Brandy Clark for The Band Perry’s second album, Pioneer. The single garnered positive attention and performed well, hitting number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs. “Better Dig Two” has sold over 1.4 million copies and certified platinum.

Kenny Chesney “Come Over”

Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne, and McAnally collaborated on “Come Over” for Kenny Chesney’s 13th studio album, Welcome to the Fishbowl in 2012. During the writing process, Hunt suggested they repeat the “come over” chorus several times to add emotion. The public perceived the song well as it depicted a different side of Kenny Chesney. The single hit number one on the Hot Country chart and has sold over one million units.

Jake Owen “Alone with You”

McAnally co-wrote the single with J.T. Harding and Catt Gravitt for Jake Owen’s third album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night in 2011. The song differed from Owen’s typical “upbeat” music style; however, it performed well, hitting number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs. The song has since gone platinum and also sold over one million units.

What are Shane McAnally’s biggest Sam Hunt hits?

“Leave the Night On” and “Take Your Time”

Josh Osborne, Sam Hunt, and McAnally co-wrote “Leave the Night On” for Hunt’s 2014 debut album, Montevallo. The single generated mostly positive reviews as critics praised the lyrics and Hunt’s music potential. “Leave the Night On” hit number one on US Country charts and has since been certified platinum.

McAnally, Hunt, and Osbourne collaborated again on “Take Your Time,” with McAnally also co-producing the track. The song was the second single released from Montevallo, and the single also hit number one on the US Country charts. Listeners enjoyed Hunt’s voice with the production, and the song went quadruple platinum.

The next single released from Montevallo was “Break Up in a Small Town,” written by McAnally, Crowell, and Hunt. Even though the song took more of an R&B tone, it peaked at number two on the US country charts and went three times platinum.

Sam Hunt “Body Like a Back Road”

Osborne, Crowell, Hunt, and McAnally co-wrote the song for Hunt’s upcoming second album in 2017. “Body Like a Back Road” was released on adult contemporary radio and is Hunt’s second song to crossover to pop. The single is Hunt’s and McAnally’s most successful song to date and also shattered two records.

“Body Like a Back Road” was the longest-running number one song since 1961. It is also the only song to stay number one for more than 24 weeks and hit number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. When the song peaked at number six, it became the highest-charting country song on US Billboard Hot 100 since 2012. “Body Like a Back Road” has since been certified six times platinum.

McAnally has received seven Grammy nominations, and he’s won three for his work with Kacey Musgraves’ 2013 Same Trailer Different Park. He has also written top-charting songs for Thomas Rhett, Hunter Hayes, and LeAnn Rimes.

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