Sam Hunt co-wrote this sexy song with Zach Crowell, Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally. It was released as the lead single from the singer's sophomore album, which was produced by Crowell.
Body like a back road
Driving with my eyes closed
I know every curve like the back of my hand
Do 15 in a 30
I ain't in no hurry
I'm gonna take it slow just as fast as I can.
Speaking with Nash FM's Ty, Kelly and Chuck, Hunt said the song was written after he got engaged to girlfriend Hannah Lee Fowler in Israel late 2016.
"I connect music to the emotions that come from relationships, so most of the songs that I write are inspired by those circumstances, emotions, feelings, all that kind of stuff," he explained.
Hunt said that "Like a Backroad helped "lighten up" what was shaping up to be a "heavy" sophomore album and the tune was "a lot of fun to write."
"I've been writing songs over the past, I guess, year and a half, trying to conceptualize a new record and it kinda started taking a heavy direction, and I sat down at one point and was like, 'OK, I'm gonna lighten this up a little bit, it needs a lighter flair,'" he explained. ["Body Like a Back Road"] sort of swings, and hopefully it's easy to listen to and will put a smile on some folks' faces."
Sam Hunt had had the idea for the song stored away for some time. "I try to think of titles or lines that'll cross my mind and I'll put 'em in my phone, and this was one that I wanted to write for a while – the title 'Body Like a Back Road' – or use it as a lyric, do something with it," the Georgia native recalled. "I didn't have a melody, but one night this melody got stuck in my head and the phrase 'Body Like a Back Road' sang perfectly to it and the chorus came out pretty quick."
Having come up a melody that fitted the title, Hunt started working on the song with producer Zach Crowell and a couple of writing buddies Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally in November of 2016. The quartet penned the bulk of the tune during a trip to Charleston, where they were hoping to work without the distractions of being in Nashville. Hunt recalled:
"I wanted to write it because I thought it was a fun song, but I didn't know for sure if I wanted to put it out. I didn't want it to come across as objectifying women or be too, to lack depth and just, I don't know. So, anyway, I had some concerns, but I tried to make it fun to offset any risks of those things happening, which made writing it fun, and I think that came across in the lyric and in the way we recorded it and everything else.
When we finally finished it, it finally hit me as 'Ok. Wait a minute. Maybe I underestimated the potential of this song. I think this could be a fun song and it will connect with folks.' So, at that point, I was excited to put it out and fortunately folks have enjoyed it."
On the week after Hunt's performance at the ACM Awards, the song jumped from #12 to #6 on the Hot 100 chart, becoming the highest peaking country song on the tally since "Cruise
" by Florida Georgia Line in 2013.
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The song set the record for the most weeks at #1 on the Country chart. It overtook Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise
," which led for 24 weeks in 2012-'13. It was eventually dethroned by Kane Brown's "What Ifs
" after spending 34 weeks at the summit.
Body Like a Back Road's country chart record was eclipsed by Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be
", which logged its 35th week atop the tally on August 4, 2018.
This won Single of the Year at the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards Awards. Sam Hunt wasn't there to receive the prize so Dustin Lynch and Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O'Dell, who had been given the task of presenting the award, were left to accept it on his behalf.