NSAI Celebrates Songwriters At #1 Party


Congressman Jim Cooper Honored With The NSAI Advocacy Award

Butch Spyridon Honored With The NSAI Champion Award


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April 26, 2023 (Nashville, Tenn.) – Yesterday afternoon, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) welcomed songwriters and guests to The Reserve at Fat Bottom Brewery for the World’s Largest #1 Party. The celebration was held to honor all songs with a Nashville-associated writer that reached #1 on the Billboard Airplay, Digital, Hot or Mediabase charts during the period of January – December 2022.


The event began with a special presentation, awarding former Nashville Congressman Jim Cooper with the NSAI Advocacy Award, an honor bestowed by the NSAI Board of Directors to an individual who has significantly served the American Songwriting Profession.


“Congressman Cooper paid special attention to songwriters throughout his service in Washington,” said NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison.  “From his early and unwavering support of the Music Modernization Act to the Songwriter’s Capital Gains Tax Equity Act, we are grateful for his support.”


Pictured L-R: Former Nashville Congressman Jim Cooper, Lyndsie McClure (NSAI Director of Development).

Festivities then turned to recognizing the songwriters and songs that topped the eligible charts during the 12 month time period. NSAI Executive Director, Bart Herbison, presented awards for a total of 47 songs to songwriters in several genres. Attendees included writers, publishers, artists, and numerous industry guests to support the honorees on their achievements.


The final award of the afternoon was presented by Erika Wollam Nichols, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of The Bluebird Cafe, as she welcomed Butch Spyridon, CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation (NCVC) who recently announced his pending retirement, to the stage to receive The NSAI Champion Award. Spyridon received the award in recognition of the generous support for – and dedication to – songwriters, the music industry, and NSAI throughout his entire career.


“Butch has lifted songwriters throughout his tenure at the NCVC. He produced the amazing documentary ‘It All Begins With A Song,’ the story of Nashville Songwriters, helped songwriters become the centerpiece of corporate performances in Nashville and used music in everything from Nashville hosting the NFL draft to recruiting industry," Nichols and Herbison said.


Pictured L-R: Bart Herbison (NSAI Executive Director), Butch Spyridon (CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation (NCVC)), Erika Wollam Nichols (Bluebird Cafe COO and GM).

Songs recognized for reaching #1 between January 2022 – December 2022


“5 Foot 9”

Written by: Tyler Hubbard, Jaren Johnston and Chase McGill

Recorded by: Tyler Hubbard


“7500 OBO”

Written by: Matt McGinn, Jenn Schott and Nathan Spicer

Recorded by: Tim McGraw



Written by: Walker Hayes, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally

Recorded by: Walker Hayes



Written by: Sara Davis, GAYLE and Dave Pittenger

Recorded by: GAYLE


“As It Was”

Written by: Thomas Hull, Tyler Johnson and Harry Styles

Recorded by: Harry Styles


“At The End Of A Bar”

Written by: Chris DeStefano, Mitchell Tenpenny and Chris Young

Recorded by: Chris Young with Mitchell Tenpenny


“Beers On Me”

Written by: Dierks Bentley, Daniel Breland, Ross Copperman, Luke Dick, Ashley Gorley, Nicolle Galyon, Michael Hardy, Ben Johnson and Niko Moon

Recorded by: Dierks Bentley, Breland & HARDY


“Best Thing Since Backroads”

Written by: Ben Johnson, Jordan Minton, Hunter Phelps and Geoff Warburton

Recorded by: Jake Owen


“Buy Dirt”

Written by: Jacob Davis, Jordan Davis, Josh Jenkins and Matt Jenkins

Recorded by: Jordan Davis feat. Luke Bryan



Written by: Francesca Battistelli, Mia Fieldes and Seth Mosley

Recorded by: Francesca Battistelli


“Come What May”

Written by: Darren Mulligan and Jeff Pardo

Recorded by: We Are Messengers


“Country On”

Written by: David Frasier, Styles Haury, Mark Nesler and Mitch Oglesby

Recorded by: Luke Bryan


“Damn Strait”

Written by: Jim Collins and Trent Tomlinson

Recorded by: Scotty McCreery


“Don’t Think Jesus”

Written by: Jessi Alexander, Mark Holman and Chase McGill

Recorded by: Morgan Wallen


“Fancy Like”

Written by: Cameron Bartolini, Walker Hayes, Josh Jenkins and Shane Stevens

Recorded by: Walker Hayes


“Growing Old With You”

Written by: Charles Kelley, Jordan Minton and Jordan Reynolds

Recorded by: Restless Road


“In Jesus Name (God Of Possible)”

Written by: Ethan Hulse, Katy Nichole, Jeff Pardo and David Andrew Spencer

Recorded by: Katy Nichole


“God Is In This Story”

Written by: Ethan Hulse, Katy Nichole and Jeff Pardo

Recorded by: Katy Nichole + Big Daddy Weave


“Half Of Me”

Written by: Rhett Akins, Will Bundy, Thomas Rhett and Josh Thompson

Recorded by: Thomas Rhett feat. Riley Green


“Half Of My Hometown”

Written by: Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally and Jimmy Robbins

Recorded by: Kelsea Ballerini feat. Kenny Chesney


“How Far”

Written by: Tasha Layton, A.J. Pruis, Keith Everette Smith and Matthew West

Recorded by: Tasha Layton


“I Still Believe In Christmas”

Written by: Jeff Pardo, Matthew West and Anne Wilson

Recorded by: Anne Wilson


“In The House”

Written by: David Crowder, Ben Glover and Jeff Sojka

Recorded by: Crowder


“Last Night Lonely”

Written by: Jimi Bell, Joe Fox and Dylan Marlowe

Recorded by: Jon Pardi


“Leave You Alone”

Written by: Kane Brown, Jordan Minton and Jordan Schmidt

Recorded by: Kane Brown


“Me On Your Mind”

Written by: Jeff Pardo, Matthew West and Anne Wilson

Recorded by: Matthew West


“New Truck”

Written by: Ashley Gorley, Michael Hardy, Ben Johnson and Hunter Phelps

Recorded by: Dylan Scott


“One Day Tonight”

Written by: Trannie Anderson, Jared Griffin and Brett Sheroky

Recorded by: Noah Thompson


“One Mississippi”

Written by: Kane Brown, Jesse Frasure, Levon Gray and Ernest K. Smith

Recorded by: Kane Brown



Written by: Vicky McGehee, John Rich and Jeffrey Steele

Recorded by: John Rich


“Rock And A Hard Place”

Written by: Jacob Hackworth, Jet Harvey and Heath Warren

Recorded by: Bailey Zimmerman


“Rolex On A Redneck”

Written by: Brock Berryhill, Brantley Gilbert, Michael Hardy, Randy Montana and Taylor Phillips

Recorded by: Brantley Gilbert feat. Jason Aldean


“Sand In My Boots”

Written by: Ashley Gorley, Michael Hardy and Josh Osborne

Recorded by: Morgan Wallen


“She Had Me At Heads Carolina”

Written by: Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Tim Nichols, Thomas Rhett, Mark D. Sanders and Cole Swindell

Recorded by: Cole Swindell


“Slow Down Summer”

Written by: Rhett Akins, Sean Douglas, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley and Thomas Rhett

Recorded by: Thomas Rhett


“Take My Name”

Written by: David Fanning, Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson and Matt Thomas

Recorded by: Parmalee


“The Kind Of Love We Make”

Written by: Luke Combs, Jamie Davis, Dan Isbell and Reid Isbell

Recorded by: Luke Combs


“The Story.”

Written by: Sara Brice, Jana Kramer and Emily Shackelton

Recorded by: Jana Kramer


“Thinking ‘Bout You”

Written by: Andy Albert, Dustin Lynch, Hunter Phelps and Will Weatherly

Recorded by: Dustin Lynch feat. MacKenzie Porter


“Trouble With A Hearbreak”

Written by: Kurt Allison, Brett Beavers, Tully Kennedy and John Morgan

Recorded by: Jason Aldean


“Weary Traveler”

Written by: A.J. Pruis, Jordan St. Cyr and Matthew West

Recorded by: Jordan St. Cyr


“Whiskey And Rain”

Written by: Jesse Frasure and Josh Thompson

Recorded by: Michael Ray


“Y’all Life”

Written by: Pete Good, Walker Hayes and Josh Jenkins

Recorded by: Walker Hayes


“You Proof”

Written by: Ashley Gorley, Charlie Handsome, Ernest K. Smith and Morgan Wallen

Recorded by: Morgan Wallen


“You Should Probably Leave”

Written by: Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley and Chris Stapleton

Recorded by: Luke Combs



About NSAI

Established in 1967, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization and has a membership of more than 5,000 spanning the United States and several foreign countries. Consisting of a body of creative minds, including songwriters from all genres of music, professional and aspiring, for over 55 years, NSAI has been committed to protecting the rights and future of the profession of songwriting, as well as carrying a commitment to educate, elevate and celebrate the songwriter, acting as a unifying force within the music community and the community at large. For more information, visit nashvillesongwriters.com.