List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. country chart

Summary

This is a list of recording artists who have reached number one on the weekly country music singles chart published by Billboard magazine.

From January 8, 1944 to May 15, 1948, the only country music chart was the Juke Box chart. A Best Sellers chart debuted that week, followed by a Jockeys chart on the week of December 10, 1949.[1] The last Juke Box chart was published for the week of June 15, 1957,[2] and starting on the chart week of October 13, 1958, the Best Sellers and Jockeys charts were consolidated into one singles chart called Hot C&W Sides.[3] This chart was renamed Hot Country Singles on November 3, 1962, Hot Country Singles & Tracks on February 17, 1990,Hot Country Songs on April 30, 2005, and the chart in late 2012 the chart included streaming and downloads, then the Country Airplay chart became a separate entity.

As of 2015, George Strait holds the record for the most country number-one singles with 44.

List inclusionsEdit

  • All acts are listed alphabetically; solo artists by last name, and groups by group name excluding "A," "An" and "The." Group names that include a person's full name are sorted by the last name of that person; for instance, Zac Brown Band is listed under B.
  • Each act's total of Number One hits is shown after their name.
  • Number ones that only topped Country Airplay are not included since the chart began to include sales and streaming during 2012.
  • Any song that topped more than one pre-Hot C&W Sides chart is only counted once towards an artist's total.
  • Artists who are officially name-checked are counted here, including one-time pairings of otherwise solo artists and "featured" acts.
  • "Highwayman" is credited to the supergroup The Highwaymen, which comprised Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. This song does not count towards those artists' individual totals.
  • "Forever Country" is credited to Artists of Then, Now & Forever, which comprised 30 different country artists. This song does not count towards those artists' individual totals.

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Whitburn, p. 650
  2. ^ Whitburn, p. 652
  3. ^ Whitburn, p. 651

Further readingEdit

  • Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 978-0-89820-177-2.