Hot 100 First-Timers: Country-Rocker Koe Wetzel Lands First Entry With ‘Sweet Dreams’

Hot 100 First-Timers: Country-Rocker Koe Wetzel Lands First Entry With ‘Sweet Dreams’

Koe Wetzel is officially a Billboard Hot 100-charting hitmaker, as his new single “Sweet Dreams” debuts on the chart dated June 1 at No. 47.

Released May 17 on YellaBush/Columbia Records, the song debuts with 10.9 million official streams and 3,000 downloads sold in the U.S. in the week ending May 23, according to Luminate. It also starts at No. 11 on the Hot Country Songs chart, becoming Wetzel’s seventh entry and first top 20 hit.

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Here’s a look at Wetzel’s history on Hot Country Songs, with titles ranked by peak position.

Peak Position, Title, Peak Date:
No. 11 (to date), “Sweet Dreams,” June 1, 2024
No. 24, “Wasted” (Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley feat. Kodak Black & Koe Wetzel), Jan. 28, 2023
No. 28, “Creeps,” Sept. 10, 2022
No. 29, “Damn Near Normal,” March 23, 2024
No. 29, “Cabo,” Oct. 1, 2022
No. 36, “April Showers,” April 23, 2022
No. 45, “Money Spent,” Oct. 1, 2022

Wetzel has also logged eight entries on the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, including “Damn Near Normal,” which climbs 22-21 on the latest list (after debuting at its No. 12 high in March).

Wetzel first appeared on Billboard’s charts in July 2019, when he opened at No. 9 on Emerging Artists. The arrival was fueled by his LP Harold Saul High, which debuted and peaked at No. 10 on Top Country Albums and No. 65 on the Billboard 200 that week. He has since charted two additional albums on the Billboard 200: Sellout (his major-label debut on Columbia Records; No. 88 peak in 2020) and Hell Paso (No. 12 in 2022). The latter also reached No. 2 on Top Rock & Alternative Albums and No. 3 on Top Country Albums.

Wetzel (full name: Ropyr Koe Wetzel; Koe is an homage to country singer-songwriter David Allan Coe) hails from Pittsburg, Texas. “Sweet Dreams” is slated to appear on his forthcoming LP 9 Lives, due July 19. He’s currently on the road on his Damn Near Normal World Tour, which runs through November.


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