Florida Georgia Line’s 2021-released collaboration with Chase Rice for “Drinkin’ Beer, Talkin’ God, Amen” is, the truth is, not the primary time that Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley gained chart-topping renown for ingesting beer and speaking about their love of faith. For roughly one-third of 2016 (between Might 21 by means of September 17), the tandem’s ballad “H.O.L.Y.” was on prime of Billboard’s Scorching Nation Songs charts. The only took simply three weeks to hit the top of nation music’s countdown and was the lead single from the duo’s third studio album, Dig Your Roots. So far as what it takes for a single to have such unbelievable endurance, it’s in discovering that magic on a number of events — and the way effectively they’ve improved it — which makes Hubbard and Kelley’s pairing inarguably legendary.
Lengthy period number-one hits usually are not unusual on Billboard’s Scorching Nation Songs chart. In latest historical past, Dan+Shay’s Justin Bieber collaboration for “10,000 Hours” was a chart-topper for 21 weeks between 2019 and 2020, with Maren Morris’ “The Bones” occupying the identical prime place for 19 weeks quickly after that. Nonetheless, Florida Georgia Line’s success with “H.O.L.Y” adopted their 2013 Nelly collaboration “Cruise,” reaching 20 consecutive weeks on prime of the nation charts.
It was Ray Charles who famously blended the religious and the secular on his 1959 hit “What I’d Say” by releasing an improvisational name and response between himself, his Raelettes background vocalists, and the horn part in his orchestra through ecstatic shouts, moans, and blasts from the horns. Six a long time later, Florida Georgia Line makes use of the identical technique — however with some smoothing for straightforward listening and grownup modern followers — to attain equally spectacular success.
Relating to the facility of the secular and romantic influences within the busbee-written lyrics of what was then their fifth nation number-one single, Tyler Hubbard mentioned the next to Billboard, in 2016: “There have been three situations the place our wives requested us about ’H.O.L.Y.,’ and once we mentioned we had been contemplating it for FGL, they mentioned we needed to minimize it. We really feel just like the tune is anointed.”
In a review, Rolling Stone’s Jon Freeman breaks down items of the precision mix of conventional nation themes with fashionable musical affectations that drives dwelling the Florida Georgia Line recipe for achievement. “’H.O.L.Y.’ — which stands for “excessive on loving you” — shares some DNA with modern Christian music when it comes to its sonics and an uplifting message of triumphing over private struggles and trials. The refrain repetition of the phrase ’holy’ might even recall to mind the hymn ’Holy, Holy, Holy’ for churchgoing of us. As effectively, he provides, “earthly pleasure is type of an FGL specialty, even when it’s the type of pleasure that momentarily transcends the earthly aircraft.”
As effectively, it’s vital to notice soul music’s affect on Florida Georgia Line, too. Rhythm and blues have all the time been part of nation’s musical expectations. Most particularly, within the Nineteen Eighties, the work achieved by Kenny Rogers and Lionel Richie seamlessly blurring the road between pop, soul, nation, and grownup modern lanes on songs like “Woman” ushered in a mode and sound mirrored by quite a few artists. Quick ahead to the early 2010s, and performers like Jason Aldean and Brantley Gilbert blended soulful lure sounds from their native Georgia’s rap scene with the reclamation of nation music’s outlaw aesthetic on songs like “Grime Highway Anthem.” Someplace between these two sounds lies the fashion that allowed Florida Georgia Line to not simply chart “H.O.L.Y.” at primary for 18 weeks of 2016. Extra impressively, although, with “Cruise” and “H.O.L.Y” amongst them, Florida Georgia Line had songs at primary for 56 of the 216 weeks between 2013-2016. At a charge of 1 hit tune each 4 weeks, it’s a mind-blowing degree of recognition.
Moreso than any of their quite a few hits, “H.O.L.Y” may finest signify the duo at their core inspirations. “We acquired our begin taking part in guitar and singing in church, and likewise writing love songs,” mentioned Kelley to Billboard in June 2016. “Our album and tour identify is Dig Your Roots, and this couldn’t be extra digging our roots.”