It looked like a drought at the top of the Billboard Country Canada airplay chart. There hasn’t been a Canadian song at the top spot since the Canadian Country Music Awards show back in September. Just days before Dallas Smith co-hosted the show, his song “Drop” hit #1 and there hasn’t been a Canadian at the top of the chart since then…until now.

Congratulations to MacKenzie Porter! For the week of December 21, Billboard has ranked her current single, “These Days,” as the most played country song at radio across Canada. It marks her second trip to the top, after “About You” became her first chart-topper back in May.

(MacKenzie Porter performing on the “Friends Don’t Let Friends Tour Alone” Tour)

With one more weekly chart left to go for the year, MacKenzie’s song may be the last Canadian song to reach #1. The next two Canadian entries, Dean Brody’s “Black Sheep” and Brett Kissel’s “Drink About Me,” have started to slide from their Top 10 spots.

(With Dallas and Dean on the “Friends Don’t Let Friends Tour Alone” Tour)

But “These Days” is a fitting cap to the year. 2019 had more Canadian songs at #1 than any other year since the charts began in 2013 – twelve in all. Even more impressive, is that eight of those hits were from artists who celebrated their first #1’s! BTW, MacKenzie and Dallas were the only Canadian artists this year to score more than one #1.

Congrats, again, MacKenzie. And congrats to all the other artists, writers, producers and musicians for making 2019 the best year on the Billboard chart! It’s gonna be a tough record to beat.

Here’s the list of all the Canadian #1 hits this year (an asterisk indicates that artist’s first #1 ever):

The Reklaws, “Feels Like That” (01/26/19)*

Tenille Townes, “Somebody’s Daughter” (02/02/19)*

Aaron Goodvin, “You Are” (02/16/19)*

Dallas Smith, “Rhinestone World” (03/16/19)

Aaron Pritchett, “Better When I Do” (04/06/19)*

Hunter Brothers, “Lost” (04/13/19)*

Chad Brownlee, “Forever’s Gotta Start Somewhere” (04/27/19)*

MacKenzie Porter, “About You” (05/25/19)*

James Barker Band, “Keep It Simple” (06/01/19)

Tim Hicks, “What a Song Should Do” (06/15/19)*

Dallas Smith, “Drop” (09/07/19)

MacKenzie Porter, “These Days” (12/21/19)