Lil Nas X’s viral smash “Old Town Road” received an official country endorsement Wednesday night, with Nineties hitmaker Billy Ray Cyrus contributing to the single to the first single remix . The song will be available on all streaming services at midnight.
Cyrus announces himself immediately by singing the first hook: No More “Old Town Road” was short at start with, and even with another verse, it stays succinct, clocking in below 2:40.
“Old Town Road” became popular earlier this year on the app TikTok before leaping onto the Hot 1
00 four weeks ago. The track was labeled “country” on SoundCloud, and country radio stalwarts like Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley later endorsed the song on social media. “Old Town Road” initially debuted on Billboard ‘s Hot Country Songs chart.
Billboard subsequently removed “Old Town Road” from the country chart, suggesting “it does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music.” While Cyrus did not directly address the genre credentials of “Old Town Road , “He showed his support for the song last week in and Instagram post to his 1.4 million followers. “Try it and think inside the box,” Cyrus wrote. “Don’t think outside the box. Think like there is no box. #HorsesInTheBack “- a reference to a lyric from” Old Town Road “that subsequently became a popular meme.
“Old Town Road” is at Number 15 on the latest Hot 100. The track continues to stream this week – it’s currently the only song on Spotify’s Top 5 in the U.S. not by Billie Eilish. It’s also gaining support from pop radio: 39 new stations added the song this week, according to Nielsen BDS.