Oliver Anthony’s ‘Rich Men …’ Is Officially the No. 1 Song in America, All Genres


Oliver Anthony went from amateur singer-songwriter to having the No. 1 song in America in less than two weeks. “Rich Men North of Richmond” topped the Billboard Hot 100 this week and made history.

Anthony becomes the first artist to debut at No. 1 after having not appeared on the chart ever before, in any capacity. His meteoric rise comes as record labels clamor for his attention, and fans scour for new songs and tour dates.

  • Per Billboard, “Rich Men North of Richmond” sold 147,000 downloads last week.
  • The song also tallied 17.5M streams across all DSPs.
  • Radio has been slow to embrace the song. Last week’s 553,000 airplay impressions would not have been enough for the song to chart on the Billboard Country Airplay chart the previous week.

Anthony’s reign atop the Hot 100 means Morgan Wallen won’t inch closer to a chart record of his own. His song “Last Night” had spent 16 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 in 2023. That’s second all time longest, behind the “Old Town Road” collab between Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus at 19 weeks.

The song “Rich Men of North Richmond” dropped on YouTube on Aug. 8 and quickly gained millions of streams. Jamey Johnson helped boost the song when he appeared alongside Anthony (real name Christopher Lunsford) at a show in Eastern North Carolina.
However, the primary driver has been a lyric that ordinary Americans can relate to.

While deemed divisive by some, Anthony insists he’s down the middle politically. Conservative political pundits have embraced the track more than their liberal counterparts, but Anthony hasn’t stoked those flames in any way.

Despite multiple record label offers, he’s still an independent artist and says he’ll plan his next steps slowly.