8. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: It was the summer of 1984 and RCA Records threw a party for one of its artists. Why? The artist in question was Earl Thomas Conley and he (and RCA) were celebrating the fourth #1 hit from the Don't Make It Easy For Me CD (our chart topping hit from 26 years ago this week). The song was Angel In Disguise and it set a new chart achievement at the time as NO artist had ever pulled four #1s from an album. Instead of giving you a long story and dance about the feat, I will give you the complete list of those country CDs that have yielded four chart topping hits (minus greatest hits CDs). Ready? 1. Don't Make It Easy For Me-Earl Thomas Conley-RCA Your Love's On The Line-1983 Holding Her And Loving You-1983 Don't Make It Easy For Me-1984 Angel In Disguise-1984 2. Roll On-Alabama-RCA Roll On Eighteen Wheeler-1984 When We Make Love-1984 If You're Gonna Play In Texas You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band-1984 There's A Fire In The Night-1985 3. Why Not Me-the Judds-RCA Mama He's Crazy-1984-repeated from previous album Why Not Me-1984 Girls Night Out-1985 Love Is Alive-1985 4. Rockin' With The Rhythm-the Judds-RCA Have Mercy-1985 Grandpa Tell Me 'Bout The Good Old Days-1986 Rockin' WIth The Rhythm Of The Rain-1986 Cry Myself To Sleep-1987 5. Lost In The Fifties Tonight-Ronnie Milsap-RCA Lost In The Fifties Tonight In The Still Of The Night-repeated from previous album Happy, Happy Birthday Baby-1986 In Love-1986 How Do I Turn You On-1987 6. Hang On To Your Heart-Exile-Epic Hang On To Your Heart-1985 I Could Get Used To You-1986 It'll Be Me-1986 She's Too Good To Be True-1987 7. Wheels-Restless Heart-RCA That Rock Won't Roll-1986 I'll Still Be Loving You-1987 Why Does It Have To Be Wrong Or Right-1987 Wheels-1988 8. Always & Forever-Randy Travis-Warner Bros. Forever And Ever, Amen-1987 I Won't Need You Anymore Always And Forever-1987 Too Gone Too Long-1988 I Told You So-1988 9. King's Record Shop-Rosanne Cash-Columbia The Way We Make A Broken Heart-1987 Tennessee Flat Top Box-1988 If You Change Your Mind-1988 Runaway Train-1988 10. The Heart Of It All-Earl Thomas Conley-RCA What She Is Is A Woman In Love-1988 We Believe In Happy Endings-with Emmylou Harris-1988 What I'd Say-1989 Love Out Loud-1989 11. Southern Star-Alabama-RCA Song Of The South-1989 If I Had You-1989 High Cotton-1989 Southern Star-1990 12. Killin' Time-Clint Black-RCA A Better Man-1989 Killin' Time-1989 Nobody's Home-1990 Walkin' Away-1990 13. No Fences-Garth Brooks-Capitol Friends In Low Places-1990 Unanswered Prayers-1991 Two Of A Kind, Workin' On A Full House-1991 The Thunder Rolls-1991 14. Don't Rock The Jukebox-Alan Jackson-Arista Don't Rock The Jukebox-1991 Someday-1991 Dallas-1992 Love's Got A Hold On You-1992 15. Brand New Man-Brooks & Dunn-Arista Brand New Man-1991 My Next Broken Heart-1991 Neon Moon-1992 Boot Scootin' Boogie-1992 16. I Still Believe In You-Vince Gill-MCA I Still Believe In You-1992 Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away-1992 One More last Chance-1993 Tryin' To Get Over You-1994 17. Alibis-Tracy Lawrence-Atlantic Alibis-1993 Can't Break It To My Heart-1993 My Second Home-1993 If The Good Die Young-1994 18. Who I Am-Alan Jackson-Arista Summertime Blues-1994 Livin' On Love-1994 Gone Country-1995 I Don't Even Know Your Name-1995 19. The Woman In Me-Shania Twain-Mercury Any Man Of Mine-1995 If You're Not In It For Love I'm Outta Here-1996 You Win My Love-1996 No One Needs To Know-1996 20. Everywhere-Tim McGraw-Curb It's Your Love-with Faith Hill-1997 Everywhere-1997 Just To See You Smile-1998 Where The Green Grass Grows-1998 21. A Place In The Sun-Tim McGraw-Curb Please Remember Me-1999 Something Like That-1999 My Best Friend-2000 My Next Thirty Years-2000 22. Lonely Grill-Lonestar-BNA Amazed-1999 Smile-2000 What About Now-2000 Tell Her-2001 23. Set This Circus Down-Tim McGraw-Curb Grown Men Don't Cry-2001 Angry All The Time-2001 The Cowboy In Me-2002 Unbroken-2002 24. If You're Going Through Hell-Rodney Atkins-Curb If You're Going Through Hell Before The Devil Even Knows-2006 Watching You-2007 These Are My People-2007 Come On In Boy Cleaning This Gun-2008 25. Golden Road-Keith Urban-Capitol Somebody Like You-2002 Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me-2003 You'll Think Of Me-2004 You Look Good In My Shirt-2008-rerecorded for future album 26. Time Well Wasted-Brad Paisley-Arista When I Get Where I'm Going-with Dolly Parton-2006 The World-2006 She's Everything-2007 Waitin' On A Woman-2008-repeated on next album 27. Carnival Ride-Carrie Underwood-Arista So Small-2007 All-American Girl-2008 Last Name-2008 Just A Dream-2008 This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING JULY 28, 1984: 1. ANGEL IN DISGUISE-EARL THOMAS CONLEY 2. Mama He's Crazy-the Judds-RCA 3. B-B-B-Burnin' Up With Love-Eddie Rabbitt-Warner Bros. 4. That's The Thing About Love-Don Williams-MCA 5. Just Another Woman In Love-Anne Murray-Capitol 6. Still Losing You-Ronnie Milsap-RCA 7. God Bless The U.S.A.-Lee Greenwood-MCA 8. Where's The Dress-Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley-Columbia 9. Long Hard Road The Sharecropper's Dream-Nitty Gritty Dirt Band-Warner Bros. 10. New Patches-Mel Tillis-MCA
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1. HIS #1 LOVER: Jerrod Niemann collects his first #1 hit in Lover, Lover. It was a chart topping hit for Sonia Dada in Australia in 1992 as You DOn't Treat Me No Good. It is the first #1 for Sea Gayle/Arista Records. Niemann is the first new artist this year to score a #1 hit and CD (Judge Niemman And The Hung Jury). 2. NOT STUCK: Sugarland has the fastest climbing song of the week as Stuck Like Glue vaults 22 spots to #22. It is the second fastest rising single this year. Keith Urban's I'm In climbed 23 notches earlier this year (#52 to #29). 3. WAIT NO MORE: Just last week it was announced that Rascal Flatts signed to the Big Machine label (after being at Lyric Street for the past eleven years). This week they make their label debut with Why Wait at #34. 4. A LITTLE BIT OF NASHVILLE IN BUFFALO: It was announced in my local paper last week that Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan will be inducted to the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame this October. They scored three major hits on the charts. They were: 1. Tennessee Bird Walk-1970-#1 2. Humphrey The Camel-1970-#5 3. Somewhere In Virginia In The Rain-1972-#15 What I find amazing is both were born in Buffalo in the 1940s but did not meet each other until the 1960s in Florida. If you are not doing anything October 7, shuffle off to Buffalo and see a national chart topping act inducted to their hometown hall of fame. 5. THE TOP SELLERS: These were the top selling CDs in 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, and 1985: 2005: Honkytonk University-Toby Keith-Dreamworks 2000: Fly-the Dixie Chicks-Monument 1995: The Woman In Me-Shania Twain-Mercury 1990: Killin' Time-Clint Black-RCA 1985: 40 Hour Week-Alabama-RCA 6. THEIR ELEVEN BIGGEST-COUPLES EDITION: Keith Whitley and Lorrie Morgan were married between 1986-1989. Whitley had his first #1 in August, 1988 while Morgan had her last #1 in August, 1995. These are their biggest hits. First number-weeks at #1 or #2, second number-weeks in the top 40. K.W.: 1. I'm No Stranger To The Rain-1989-2-14 2. When You Say Nothing At All-1988-2-14 3. It Ain't Nothin'-1990-1-17 4. Don't Close Your Eyes-1988-1-16 5. I Wonder Do You Think Of Me-1989-1-14 6. Brotherly Love-with Earl Thomas Conley-1991-1-18 (#2) L.M.: 1. What Part Of No-1993-3-18 2. Five Minutes-1990-1-20 3. I Didn't Know My Own Strength-1995-1-16 4. Out Of Your Shoes-1989-3-22 (#2) 5. Watch Me-1992-2-18 (#2) 7. THE YEAR'S BIGGEST: These are the ten biggest hits of 1992 according to the American Country Countdown: 1. I Saw The Light-Wynonna Judd-MCA 2. Achy Breaky Heart-Billy Ray Cyrus-Mercury 3. Is There Life Out There-Reba McEntire-MCA 4. What She's Doing Now-Garth Brooks-Capitol 5. We Tell Ourselves-Clint Black-RCA 6. Dallas-Alan Jackson-Arista 7. Boot Scootin' Boogie-Brooks & Dunn-Arista 8. I Still Believe In You-Vince Gill-MCA 9. Neon Moon-Brooks & Dunn-Arista 10. Some Girls Do-Sawyer Brown-Capitol 8. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: I had saluted Jimmy Dean in November, 2009 during the 48th anniversary of Big Bad John becoming the first triple #1 (on country, pop, and A.C. charts). He would have major hits on the country chart during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. He would go on to future fame and fortune by running meat and restaurant businesses. This year he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, but did not live long enough for the formal ceremonies. He had his second and final chart topping hit 45 years ago this week with The First Thing Ev'ry Morning And The Last Thing Ev'ry Night. We miss you, Jimmy! This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING AUGUST 7, 1965: 1. THE FIRST THING EV'RY MORNING AND THE LAST THING EV'RY NIGHT-JIMMY DEAN-COLUMBIA 2. The Bridge Washed Out-Warner Mack-Decca 3. Before You Go-Buck Owens-Capitol 4. Yes, Mr. Peters-Roy Drusky and Priscilla Mitchell-Mercury 5. The Other Woman-Ray Price-Columbia 6. Engine Engine #9-Roger Miller-Smash 7. Blue Kentucky Girl-Loretta Lynn-Decca 8. It's Alright-Bobby Bare-RCA 9. I Can't Remember-Connie Smith-RCA 10. What's He Doing In My World-Eddy Arnold-RCA
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1. THE 28TH WITH FOUR: The Zac Brown Band collect their fourth #1 in Free. It is from The Foundation CD which has spawned three other chart toppers. They are: 1. Chicken Fried-2008 2. Toes-2009 3. Highway 20 Ride-2010 The Foundation joins an impressive list of country CDs with four #1 hits (discounting greatest hits CDs). They are: 1. Don't Make It Easy For Me-Earl Thomas Conley-RCA 2. Roll On-Alabama-RCA 3. Why Not Me-the Judds-RCA 4. Rockin' With The Rhythm-the Judds-RCA 5. Lost In The Fifties Tonight-Ronnie Milsap-RCA 6. Hang On To Your Heart-Exile-Epic 7. Wheels-Restless Heart-RCA 8. Always & Forever-Randy Travis-Warner Bros. 9. King's Record Shop-Rosanne Cash-Columbia 10. The Heart Of It All-Earl Thomas Conley-RCA 11. Southen Star-Alabama-RCA 12. Killin' Time-Clint Black-RCA 13. No Fences-Garth Brooks-Capitol 14. Don't Rock The Jukebox-Alan Jackson-Arista 15. Brand New Man-Brooks & Dunn-Arista 16. I Still Believe In You-Vince Gill-MCA 17. Alibis-Tracy Lawrence-Atlantic 18. Who I Am-Alan Jackson-Arista 19. The Woman In Me-Shania Twain-Mercury 20. Everywhere-Tim McGraw-Curb 21. A Place In The Sun-Tim McGraw-Curb 22. Lonely Grill-Lonestar-BNA 23. Set This Circus Down-Tim McGraw-Curb 24. If You're Going Through Hell-Rodney Atkins-Curb 25. Golden Road-Keith Urban-Curb 26. Time Well Wasted-Brad Paisley-Arista 27. Carnival Ride-Carrie Underwood-Arista 28. The Foundation-Zac Brown Band-Atlantic Had Whatever It Is (#2 in 2009) hit #1, they would have joined Rodney Crowell's Diamonds & Dirt and the rerelease of Brad Paisley's 5th Gear to have five #1 hits. 2. ALL MINE: Taylor Swift blasts her way on the charts at #26 with Mine. She misses tying the mark of her highest debut by one. Love Story from 2008 started at #25. 3. FLATTS ON THE MOVE: This week's chart sees a lot of backward bullets. However, Rascal Flatts scores the fastest rising song of the week as Why Wait moves up seven to #27. 4. LET'S SWITCH: Jason Aldean's Crazy Town spent some time at #2 while Brad Paisley was at #1 with Water. This week Aldean is at #41 with My Kinda Party while Paisley is at #42 with Anything Like Me. 5. THE #1 HITS: These were the chart topping songs in 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, and 1985: 2005: As Good As I Once Was-Toby Keith-Dreamworks 2000: What About Now-Lonestar-BNA 1995: I Didn't Know My Own Strength-Lorrie Morgan-BNA 1990: Good Times-Dan Seals-Capitol 1985: I'm For Love-Hank Williams, Jr.-Warner Bros. 6. THEIR TEN BIGGEST: It was August, 1980 and Alabama just scored their first #1 with Tennessee River. These are their ten biggest hits. First number-weeks at #1, second number-weeks in the top 40. 1. Jukebox In My Mind-1990-4-19 2. Down Home-1991-3-19 3. I'm In A Hurry And Don't Know Why-1992-2-19 4. Love In The First Degree-1981-2-11 5. Feels So Right-1981-2-09 6. Forever's As Far As I'll Go-1991-1-20 7. Southern Star-1990-1-19 8. Reckless-1993-1-19 9. Face To Face-1988-1-15 10. You've Got The Touch-1987-1-14 7. THE YEAR'S BIGGEST: These are the ten biggest hits of 1993 according to the American Country Countdown: 1. Chattahoochee-Alan Jackson-Arista 2. What's It To You-Clay Walker-Giant 3. Can't Break It To My Heart-Tracy Lawrence-Atlantic 4. Thank God For You-Sawyer Brown-Curb 5. One More Last Chance-Vince Gill-MCA 6. Easy Come, Easy Go-George Strait-MCA 7. Ain't Going Down 'Til The Sun Comes Up-Garth Brooks-Capitol 8. It Sure Is Monday-Mark Chesnutt-MCA 9. I Love The Way You Love Me-John Michael Montgomery-Atlantic 10. Why Didn't I Think Of That-Doug Stone-Epic 8. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: After three years of churning out hits, Alan Jackson finally saw the top of the country albums chart in 1993 with A Lot About Livin' And A Little 'Bout Love (our #1 CD 17 years ago this week). Jackson represents the first wave of hit artists on Arista Records. The other acts include: Pam Tillis, Exile, Diamond Rio, and Brooks & Dunn. He also represents the Class of 1989. The others are: Clint Black, Garth Brooks, and Travis Tritt. However, his debut single was the least successful of the quartet. Blue Blooded Woman peaked at #45 in early 1990. Black placed #1 with A Better Man. Brooks peaked at #8 with Much Too Young To Feel This Damn Old. Tritt started with a #9 hit, Country Club. Jackson finally kicked it in higher gear when the title track of his debut CD, Here In The Real World became his first top ten (#3 in 1990). Three more top ten hits followed: 1. Wanted-1990-#3 2. Chasin' That Neon Rainbow-1990-#2 3. I'd Love You All Over Again-1991-#1 The CD peaked at #4 in 1991. It spent a little over four years on the charts. It is certified at two times platinum. CD #2, Don't Rock The Jukebox held bigger things for Jackson. It catapulted him to superstardom. It yielded the following hits: 1. Don't Rock The Jukebox-1991-#1 2. Someday-1991-#1 3. Dallas-1992-#1 4. Midnight In Montgomery-1992-#3 5. Love's Got A Hold On You-1992-#1 The only CD that sold better than Jukebox was Brooks' No Fences. It is certified at four times platinum. It spent almost four years on the charts. Jackson was set to release CD #3 during the fall of 1992. He was touring with Randy Travis at the time. They decided to write several songs. Two were hits on the Travis CD High Lonesome (Forever Together-1991-#1 and Better Class Of Losers-1992-#2). Jackson kept She's Got The Rhythm And I Got The Blues (#1 in 1992). Four more top tens followed: 1. Tonight I Climbed The Wall-1993-#4 2. Chattahoochee-1993-#1 3. Mercury Blues-1993-#2 4. Who Says You Can't Have It All-1994-#4 A Lot About Livin' And A Little 'Bout Love was #1 on the CD charts for five weeks. It spent three years on the charts and is certified at six times platinum. Since that time, eleven other Jackson CDs have topped the charts. They are: 1. Who I Am-1994 2. The Greatest Hits Collection-1995 3. Everything I Love-1996 4. High Mileage-1998 5. When Somebody Loves You-2000 6. Drive-2002 7. Greatest Hits Volume II And Some Other Stuff-2003 8. What I Do-2004 9. Precious Memories-2006 10. Like Red On A Rose-2006 11. Good Time-2008 Jackson released a CD this year called Freight Train. He said it would be his last for Arista Records. This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING AUGUST 14, 1993: 1. A LOT ABOUT LIVIN' AND A LITTLE 'BOUT LOVE-ALAN JACKSON-ARISTA 2. It Won't Be The Last-Billy Ray Cyrus-Mercury 3. No Time To Kill-Clint Black-RCA 4. Pure Country-Soundtrack-George Strait-MCA 5. Tell Me Why-Wynonna Judd-MCA 6. Life's A Dance-John Michael Montgomery-Atlantic 7. Some Gave All-Billy Ray Cyrus-Mercury 8. Hard Workin' Man-Brooks & Dunn-Arista 9. It's Your Call-Reba McEntire-MCA 10. This Time-Dwight Yoakam-Reprise
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1. ALL ABOUT BLAKE: Blake Shelton lands the seventh #1 hit of his career with All About Tonight. It is the title track of his second sixpak CD. The title track of his first, Hillbilly Bone (with Trace Adkins) was #1 earlier this year. This also marks the second time Shelton has had consecutive #1 hits. He collected his fourth in 2008 with Home, followed by his fifth #1 in She Wouldn't Be Gone in 2009. 2. A YEAR LONG HIT: Lee Brice is celebrating a year on the charts as Love Like Crazy is at #5 this week after 52 weeks on the charts. He debuted at #58 on the 09-05-09 chart. The #1 single at the time belonged to Jason Aldean (Big Green Tractor) and Reba McEntire entered the albums chart at #1 with Keep On Loving You. Brice becomes the third artist to spend at least 52 weeks on the charts. The others: 1. Eddy Arnold-Bouquet Of Roses-1948-54 weeks-#1 2. Bobby Helms-Fraulein-1957-52 weeks-#1 3. Lee Brice-Love Like Crazy-2010-52 weeks (so far)-#5 (so far) 3. FAST MOVERS: Two songs this week move up nine on the charts: Mine-Taylor Swift-#26 to #17 Why Wait-Rascal Flatts-#27 to #18 4. WHY WAIT?: The Zac Brown Band just finished a week at #1 with Free (#3 this week). They debut this week at #32 with As She's Walking Away with Alan Jackson. 5. THE #1 CDS: These were the top selling CDs in 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, and 1985: 2005: Fireflies-Faith Hill-Warner Bros. 2000: Burn-Jo Dee Messina-Curb 1995: The Woman In Me-Shania Twain-Mercury 1990: Killin' Time-Clint Black-RCA 1985: Five-O-Hank Williams, Jr.-Warner Bros. 6. A KING SIZE RANKING: Elvis Presley not only left the building 33 years ago this week, but the planet as well. These are his biggest hits. Weeks at #1 or #2 are first while weeks in the top 40 are second. 1. Heartbreak Hotel-1956-17-27 2. Hound Dog-1956-10-28 3. Don't Be Cruel-1956-10-28 4. I Forgot To Remember To Forget-1956-5-39 5. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You-1956-2-20 6. Jailhouse Rock-1957-1-24 7. All Shook Up-1957-1-16 8. Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear-1957-1-16 9. Way Down-1977-1-12 10. Moody Blue-1977-1-10 11. Guitar Man-1981-1-08 12. Don't-1958-5-18 (#2) 13. Hard Headed Woman-1958-2-16 (#2) 14. My Way-1978-1-12 (#2) 7. THE YEAR'S BIGGEST: These are the ten biggest hits of 1994 according to the American Country Countdown: 1. I Swear-John Michael Montgomery-Atlantic 2. Wink-Neal McCoy-Atlantic 3. Livin' On Love-Alan Jackson-Arista 4. Wild One-Faith Hill-Warner Bros. 5. Shut Up And Kiss Me-Mary Chapin Carpenter-Columbia 6. Live Until I Die-Clay Walker-Giant 7. Third Rock From The Sun-Joe Diffie-Epic 8. Summertime Blues-Alan Jackson-Arista 9. XXX's And OOO's An American Girl-Trisha Yearwood-MCA 10. Dreaming With My Eyes Open-Clay Walker-Giant 8. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: Elvis Presley was called the King of Rock and Roll, but left his mark in country music as well. Presley had the #1 hit the week he died (Way Down in 1977). Since there is nothing I could possibly add to Presley's accomplishments, I will give you Elvis by the country numbers. 27: years of his top 40 country reign (between 1955-1982) 1st: artist to top country, pop, r&b, and A.C. charts 02: labels he was signed to (Sun and RCA) 66: top 40 country hits 40: major (top 20) hits 32: top ten hits 11: #1s 03: #2s 50: weeks at #1 08: weeks at #2 (for those hits that peaked at #2) #1: in a lot of people's hearts 75: his current age had he lived this year 1998: year he was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING AUGUST 20, 1977: 1. WAY DOWN-ELVIS PRESLEY-RCA 2. PLEDGING MY LOVE-ELVIS PRESLEY-RCA 3. Rollin' With The Flow-Charlie Rich-Epic 4. Ramblin' Fever-Merle Haggard-MCA 5. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again-Merle Haggard-MCA 6. I Don't Wanna Cry-the Gatlin Bros.-Monument 7. A Song In The Night-Johnny Duncan-Columbia 8. Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue-Crystal Gayle-United Artists 9. Sunflower-Glen Campbell-Capitol 10. I'm The Only Hell Mama Ever Raised-Johnny Paycheck-Epic
P.S.: Billboard is showing the double-sided Elvis Presley and Merle Haggard hits as taking up two positions. In reality, I do not know who were the other two artists in the top ten for that particular week.
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1. MORE B.S.: Blake Shelton continues his reign at the top of the charts as All About Tonight stays for a second week. Shelton has now spent 19 weeks at #1 with his seven chart toppers. The songs and weeks at #1 are: 1. Austin-2001-5-chart wise, his biggest hit 2. The Baby-2003-3 3. Some Beach-2004-4 4. Home-2008-2 5. She Wouldn't Be Gone-2009-2 6. Hillbilly Bone-with Trace Adkins-2010-1 7. All About Tonight-2010-2 so far 2. BRICE IS #2: Lee Brice's Love Like Crazy is spending its 53rd week on the charts. He moves to second on the all time list of those songs spending the most time on the charts. 1. 54 weeks-Eddy Arnold-Bouquet Of Roses 2. 53 weeks-Lee Brice-Love Like Crazy 3. 52 weeks-Bobby Helms-Fraulein 3. ANYTHING LIKE BRAD: Brad Paisley has the week's fastest moving single. Anything Like Me vaults eleven to #24. 4. O BROTHER: Josh Kelley grabs the Hot Shot Debut this week with Georgia Clay (at #50). He is the bother of Charles Kelley (one third of Lady Antebellum). Lady A is at #5 with Our Kind Of Love. 5. THE ORIGINAL IS BACK: Josh Gracin, the first American Idol contestant with country chart success, makes his debut at #58 with Cover Girl. His resume includes four top tens (one #1 in 2005 with Nothin' To Lose). Cover Girl is his Average Joe's debut after five years at Lyric Street Records. 6. A 00S LOOK: These were the chart topping hits during the last week in August during the 2000s: 2000: What About Now-Lonestar-BNA 2001: Austin-Blake Shelton-Warner Bros. 2002: The Good Stuff-Kenny Chesney-BNA 2003: It's Five O'Clock Somewhere-Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett-Arista 2004: Live Like You Were Dying-Tim McGraw-Curb 2005: Mississippi Girl-Faith Hill-Warner Bros. 2006: If You're Going Through Hell Before The Devil Even Knows-Rodney Atkins-Curb 2007: Never Wanted Nothing More-Kenny Chesney-BNA 2008: Should've Said No-Taylor Swift-Big Machine 2009: You Belong With Me-Taylor Swift-Big Machine 7. THEIR TEN BIGGEST: Let us salute country music's ultimate troubadour-Willie Nelson. These are his ten biggest hits. Weeks at #1 will be first followed by weeks in the top 40. 1. Beer For My Horses-with Toby Keith-2003-6-27 2. Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys-with Waylon Jennings-1978-4-12 3. Good Hearted Woman-with Waylon Jennings-1976-3-13 4. Always On My Mind-1982-2-15 5. Mind Your Own Business-with Hank Williams, Jr., Reba McEntire, Tom Petty, and Reverend Ike-1986-2-14 6. To All The Girls I've Loved Before-with Julio Iglesias-1984-2-13 7. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain-1975-2-12 8. Just To Satisfy You-with Waylon Jennings-1982-2-12 9. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys-1980-2-10 10. Nothing I Can Do About It Now-1989-1-15 8. THE YEAR'S BIGGEST: These are the ten biggest hits of 1995 according to the American Country Countdown: 1. I Like It, I Love It-Tim McGraw-Curb 2. Pickup Man-Joe Diffie-Epic 3. Not A Moment Too Soon-Tim McGraw-Curb 4. Sold The Grundy County Auction Incident-John Michael Montgomery-Atlantic 5. Check Yes Or No-George Strait-MCA 6. I Can Love You Like That-John Michael Montgomery-Atlantic 7. Any Man Of Mine-Shania Twain-Mercury 8. Summer's Comin'-Clint Black-RCA 9. This Woman And This Man-Clay Walker-Giant 10. Dust On The Bottle-David Lee Murphy-MCA 9. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: The most fiddle-driven hit was our #1 single 31 years ago this week. But, you will need a fiddle of gold to save your soul that the Charlie Daniels Band was at the penthouse with The Devil Went Down To Georgia. Let us start Daniels' story in 1970 when he released his self-titled debut album on Capitol Records. In 1971, he put together his world famous band and signed with the Kama Sutra label (known for their soul and bubblegum music). Their debut for the label, John, Grease & Wolfman was unsuccessful. However, the follow up, Honey In The Rock yielded their first hit on the pop charts, Uneasy Rider (#9 in 1973). It peaked at #67 on the country chart. It was redone in 1988 as Uneasy Rider '88. The following year they started the Volunteer Jam concerts for charity. They had their first top 40 country hit in 1976 with Texas (#36). It peaked at #91 on the pop chart and was their final hit on the Kama Sutra label. The C.D.B. signed to the Epic label in 1976 and their debut album for the label, Saddle Tramp yielded their second top 40 hit (Wichita Jail-#22 in 1976). Saddle Tramp was their second gold album (their first was 1974's Fire On The Mountain which was their first platinum album). The Million Mile Reflections album really kicked their brand of Southern Rock into higher gear. The first single release, The Devil Went Down To Georgia became their first top ten country hit (#1) and their second top ten pop hit (#3). The album has been certified at the triple platinum level while the single sold over a million as well. The song about the main character making a deal with the devil had two versions: one that said 'son of a bitch' in the lyrics and one that said 'son of a gun'. Georgia won the C.M.A. Single of the Year. They also won a Grammy for 'The Devil' as well. Another single from the album, Mississippi also attained major hit status (#19 in 1979). They opened up the 1980s with Long Haired Country Boy (#27). Then, In America became their second crossover hit due to the hostage crisis in Iran (#13 country, #11 pop). They were hot at the time that they contributed two songs for the Urban Cowboy Soundtrack (The Devil Went Down To Georgia and Falling In Love For The Night). Then a peculiar thing happened: they were absent from the top 40 on the country charts for six years (yes). The Me And The Boys CD yielded a top 40 hit in Still Hurtin' Me (#33). They landed their second top ten country hit in Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye (#8 in 1986). During that same year, Garth Brooks sang Drinkin' at a local TV station in Oklahoma three years before landing his first top ten. The C.D.B. landed their third top ten in 1988 with Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues (#10). Their next hit, Simple Man hit #12 in 1990. They left Epic in 1993 and signed with Liberty Records. The following year they redid Devil as The Devil Comes Back To Georgia on a Mark O'Connor CD called Heroes. It featured Johnny Cash, Marty Stuart, and Travis Tritt. They influenced a new generation of country artists when Montgomery Gentry provided them with their lucky 13th top 40 hit in All Night Long (#31 in 2000). More recently, the Zac Brown Band gave an electrifying version of The Devil Went Down To Georgia at the 2009 C.M.A. Awards. Daniels himself was featured in a Geico Insurance ad in December, 2009. He suffered a stroke in January, 2010. He recovered sufficently to give this year's A.C.M. Awards a rousing start. He even said, "That's how you start an awards show, son." This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING AUGUST 25, 1979: 1. THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA-CHARLIE DANIELS BAND-EPIC 2. Heartbreak Hotel-Willie Nelson and Leon Russell-Columbia 3. Coca Cola Cowboy-Mel Tillis-MCA 4. I May Never Get To Heaven-Conway Twitty-MCA 5. Til I Can Make It On My Own-Kenny Rogers and Dottie West-United Artists 6. Stay With Me-Dave & Sugar-RCA 7. Pick The Wildwood Flower-Gene Watson-Capitol 8. You're My Jamaica-Charley Pride-RCA 9. Just Good Ol' Boys-Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley-Columbia 10. Don't Let Me Cross Over-Jim Reeves and Deborah Allen-RCA
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1. SHELTON TONIGHT: Blake Shelton remains at #1 for the third week as All About Tonight continues to reside at the penthouse. He has spent four weeks at #1 this year. Hillbilly Bone (with Trace Adkins) was a chart topper earlier this year. He joins the following artists to have spend a month at #1 this year: 1. Reba McEntire-Consider Me Gone 2. Josh Turner-Why Don't We Just Dance 3. Miranda Lambert-The House That Built Me-his soon to be wife! 2. BRICE EQUALS ARNOLD: Lee Brice (remember him?) has the second country single to spend 54 weeks on the charts. Love Like Crazy is at #5. Eddy Arnold was the first with Bouquet Of Roses (#1 in 1948). Will we have our first 55 week single next week? Stay tuned! 3. LBT IS BACK: Little Big Town collects their first top ten in four years as Little White Church is at #10 this week. Their last, Bring It On Home was a #4 hit in 2006. 4. SWEET SIXTEEN: We have two songs this week taking 16 point jumps on the charts. They are: Mama's Song-Carrie Underwood-#55 to #39 Draw Me A Map-Dierks Bentley-#60 to #44 5. A 00S LOOK PART II: These were the top selling CDs during the first week in September during the 2000s: 2000: Coyote Ugly-Soundtrack-Curb 2001: O Brother, Where Art Thou-Soundtrack-Mercury 2002: Unleashed-Toby Keith-Dreamworks 2003: Greatest Hits Volume II And Some Other Stuff-Alan Jackson-Arista 2004: Horse Of A Different Color-Big & Rich-Warner Bros. 2005: Time Well Wasted-Brad Paisley-Arista 2006: Dangerous Man-Trace Adkins-Capitol 2007: Taylor Swift-Taylor Swift-Big Machine 2008: Love On The Inside-Sugarland-Mercury 2009: Keep On Loving You-Reba McEntire-Valory 6. THEIR TEN BIGGEST: Conway Twitty would have celebrated his 77th birthday this week. He was the king of #1 hits between 1980-2006. Since I have already ranked his top ten #1 hits, I will do the same for his #2s (he has 12). Weeks at #2 will be first, followed by weeks in the top 40. 1. I Can't Love You Enough-with Loretta Lynn-1977-3-11 2. Crazy In Love-1990-2-16 3. Darling, You Know I Wouldn't Lie-1969-2-16 4. Julia-1987-2-14 5. Lost In The Feeling-1983-2-14 6. We Did But Now You Don't-1982-2-12 7. I Still Believe In Waltzes-with Loretta Lynn-1981-2-11 8. I Want To Know You Before We Make Love-1987-1-14 9. Fallin' For You For Years-1987-1-14 10. She's Got A Single Thing In Mind-1989-1-14 7. THE YEAR'S BIGGEST: These are the ten biggest hits of 1996 according to the American Country Countdown: 1. My Maria-Brooks & Dunn-Arista 2. Blue Clear Sky-George Strait-MCA 3. Like The Rain-Clint Black-RCA 4. It Matters To Me-Faith Hill-Warner Bros. 5. Time Marches On-Tracy Lawrence-Atlantic 6. If You're Not In It For Love I'm Outta Here-Shania Twain-Mercury 7. I'll Try-Alan Jackson-Arista 8. Daddy's Money-Ricochet-Columbia 9. No News-Lonestar-BNA 10. Tall, Tall Trees-Alan Jackson-Arista 8. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: After charting for 17 years which saw him collect 56 top ten hits (which 34 of those hitting #1), George Strait added a new chart achievement he thought he would never have: a #2 hit. He did so 12 years ago this week with True. After releasing his boxed set in 1995 called Strait Out Of The Box, you can certainly say George was on a roll. Check Yes Or No (#1 in 1995) won the C.M.A. Single of the Year (his first award in that category). He also won his first C.M.A. Male Vocalist of the Year in ten years. He released Blue Clear Sky in 1996 which yielded the following hits: 1. Blue Clear Sky-1996-#1 2. Carried Away-1996-#1 3. I Can Still Make Cheyenne-1996-#4 4. King Of The Mountain-1997-#19 The CD itself won the C.M.A. Album of the Year. Fresh from that success, Strait released the Carrying Your Love With Me CD (his first to debut at #1 on BOTH country and top 200 charts). Its hits were: 1. One Night At A Time-1997-#1 2. Carrying Your Love With Me-1997-#1 3. Today My World Slipped Away-1997-#3 4. Round About Way-1998-#1 Strait became a double winner at the 1997 C.M.A.s for Male Vocalist and Album of the Year. He went to work on the One Step At A Time CD. Its first single, I Just Want To Dance With You became his 34th #1 in 1998. He followed that with True. True entered the top 40 on the 07-11-98 chart (Clint Black was #1 that week with The Shoes You're Wearing). Climbing steadily up the charts, it looked like Strait would have his 35th #1 (tying him with Ronnie Milsap). However, Jo Dee Messina blocked Strait with I'm Alright (her second #1). Messina-Strait finished 1-2 for two weeks. Then Brooks & Dunn jumped over Strait with How Long Gone (their 13th #1). B&D and Strait were top two for two weeks. After four weeks at #2, True fell to #5 while B&D held on to #1 for a third week (I'm Alright was at #10). True did not prevent Strait from winning his third consecutive Male Vocalist award from the C.M.A. in 1998. The One Step At A Time CD bore a third hit in We Really Shouldn't Be Doing This (#4 in 1998). Since Strait is the current king of #1 hits, his crown has 44 diamonds in it (one for every chart topper he has) and seven emeralds (his birthstone) for each of his #2s. They are: 1. True-1998 2. Go On-2000 3. Run-2001-chart wise, his biggest #2 4. Cowboys Like Us-2003 5. Wrapped-2007 6. Shiftwork-with Kenny Chesney-2008 7. Living For The Night-2009 This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING AUGUST 29, 1998: 1. I'm Alright-Jo Dee Messina-Curb 2. TRUE-GEORGE STRAIT-MCA 3. Just To Hear You Say That You Love Me-Faith Hill and Tim McGraw-Warner Bros. 4. Texas Size Heartache-Joe Diffie-Epic 5. How Long Gone-Brooks & Dunn-Arista 6. If You Ever Have Forever In Mind-Vince Gill-MCA 7. Cover You In Kisses-John Michael Montgomery-Atlantic 8. Happy Girl-Martina McBride-RCA 9. There's Your Trouble-Dixie Chicks-Monument 10. There Goes My Baby-Trisha Yearwood-MCA
Thanks again for all the info and trivia. I have a chart question. Lady Antebellum's new iTunes Sessions EP debuted at #3 on the Country Albums chart, and their Need You Now (the greatest gainer) is at #2 while their debut moved up from #12 to #10 this week. That gives them 3 titles at once in the top 10 of the albums chart. Has any other artist ever done this? My guess is no. I'm sure there were several times when an artist had 3 albums on the chart at once, but has anyone ever had 3 in the top 10 simultaneously?
Before Lady Antebellum, LeAnn Rimes did it in 1997. Here is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 27, 1997: 1. YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE-INSPIRATIONAL SONGS-LEANN RIMES-CURB 2. Songbook-A Collection Of Hits-Trisha Yearwood-MCA 3. Everywhere-Tim McGraw-Curb 4. BLUE-LEANN RIMES-CURB 5. The Best Of Collin Raye-Direct Hits-Collin Raye-Epic 6. Carrying Your Love With Me-George Strait-MCA 7. UNCHAINED MELODY-THE EARLY YEARS-LEANN RIMES-CURB 8. Greatest Hits-Neal McCoy-Atlantic 9. Evolution-Martina McBride-RCA 10. Nothin' But The Taillights-Clint Black-RCA
I hope this was helpful! Before Rimes, Garth Brooks did it in 1992. If you are interested, I can supply the album chart where he was #1, #2, and #3!
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I didn't even think about LeAnn Rimes, but I do remember her being a huge seller during that period, and I also remember Curb pressing albums at the speed of light after the success of 'Blue' and 'One Way Ticket'. Thanks for the quick response.
Actually, Garth Brooks would have been my guess for an artist with 3 titles in the top 10 at once - right after SoundScan started tracking the sales.
1. LONGEVITY REDEFINED: We have a new #1. In weeks on the charts, that is. Lee Brice's Love Like Crazy is on the charts for 55 weeks. It is at #3. Only three singles have spent at least a year on the charts. They are: 55 weeks-Love Like Crazy-Lee Brice 54 weeks-Bouquet Of Roses-Eddy Arnold 52 weeks-Fraulein-Bobby Helms Quite an accomplishment if you were to ask me! 2. PRETTY GOOD AT #1: Billy Currington collects his fifth #1 in Pretty Good At Drinkin' Beer. He becomes the 112th artist in history to have five chart toppers. They are: 1. Must Be Doin' Something Right-2005 2. Good Directions-2007-chart wise, his biggest hit 3. People Are Crazy-2009 4. That's How Country Boys Roll-2010 5. Pretty Good At Drinkin' Beer-2010 Currington becomes the fifth artist in Billboard 2010 (since December, 2009) to have a pair of chart topping hits. The others: 1. Lady Antebellum-Need You Now and American Honey 2. Carrie Underwood-Temporary Home and Undo It 3. Zac Brown Band-Highway 20 Ride and Free 4. Blake Shelton-Hillbilly Bone with Trace Adkins and All About Tonight 5. Billy Currington-That's How Country Boys Roll and Pretty Good At Drinkin' Beer 3. WHAT?: I thought I would never say the following, but actress Gwyneth Paltrow has the fastest climbing song of the week. Country Strong moves up nine to #50. It is the title track of a movie featuring Tim McGraw. 4. THE MOST NOMINATED STAYS: Miranda Lambert was the most nominated artist for this year's C.M.A. Awards. However, her Only Prettier stays at #26 for a second week. 5. NEED YOU AT #4: After spending its first 30 weeks in the top two on the country albums chart, Lady Antebellum is at #4 this week with Need You Now. Three CDs sold better (in ascending order): Trace Adkins' Cowboy's Back In Town, Randy Rogers Band's Burning The Day, and Little Big Town's The Reason Why (their first #1 CD). 6. YESTERDAY'S #1S: These were the chart topping hits in 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, and 1985: 2005: Mississippi Girl-Faith Hill-Warner Bros. 2000: It Must Be Love-Alan Jackson-Arista 1995: Someone Else's Star-Bryan White-Asylum 1990: Jukebox In My Mind-Alabama-RCA 1985: I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me-Rosanne Cash-Columbia 7. THEIR TEN BIGGEST: We lost Johnny Cash seven years ago this week. I have already ranked his #1 hits, so his #2s will be ranked now. Weeks at #2 are first, followed by weeks in the top 40. 1. The Ways Of A Woman In Love-1958-4-16 2. The Matador-1963-3-16 3. Kate-1972-3-11 4. The One On The Right Is On The Left-1966-2-16 5. Rosanna's Going Wild-1968-2-14 6. Oney-1972-2-14 7. There Ain't No Good Chain Gang-with Waylon Jennings-1978-2-10 8. Jackson-with June Carter Cash-1967-1-15 9. A Thing Called Love-1972-1-13 10. If I Were A Carpenter-with June Carter Cash-1970-1-13 8. THE YEAR'S BIGGEST: These are the ten biggest hits of 1997 according to the American Country Countdown: 1. It's Your Love-Tim McGraw and Faith Hill-Curb 2. One Night At A Time-George Strait-MCA 3. Love Gets Me Every Time-Shania Twain-Mercury 4. Carrying Your Love With Me-George Strait-MCA 5. Nobody Knows-Kevin Sharp-Elektra 6. Little Bitty-Alan Jackson-Arista 7. How Your Love Makes Me Feel-Diamond Rio-Arista 8. She's Got It All-Kenny Chesney-BNA 9. Rumor Has It-Clay Walker-Giant 10. How Do I Get There-Deana Carter-Capitol 9. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: By the time 1986 started, our featured artist had racked up 64 top tens (which 39 of those hitting #1). He collected his 40th and final #1 hit 24 years ago this week with Desperado Love. The artist of course, is Conway Twitty. As the introductory paragraph suggests, Twitty was no stranger to having hits. His first major hit was in 1966 with Guess My Eyes Were Bigger Than My Heart (#18). His first top ten was The Image Of Me in 1968 (#5). 1968 was the year he landed his first #1, Next In Line. He had his biggest hit in 1970 with Hello Darlin'. His longest stretch of #1s happened between 1974-1975. Those hits were: 1. As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone-with Loretta Lynn-1974 2. I See The Want To In Your Eyes-1974 3. Linda On My Mind-1975 4. Touch The Hand-1975 5. Feelin's-with Loretta Lynn-1975 Twitty would continue to top the charts until 1980 when I'd Love To Lay You Down became his 29th #1 hit (giving him the all time lead for the next 26 years). Twitty switched labels in 1981 from MCA to Elektra (later Warner Bros.). His first five singles hit #1 or #2. They were: 1. The Clown-1982-#1 2. Slow Hand-1982-#1 3. We Did But Now You Don't-1982-#2 4. The Rose-1983-#1 5. Lost In The Feeling-1983-#2 Two years after title #5 peaked, Twitty released a CD that did NOT contain a top ten hit (Chasin' Rainbows). Two top 40s were released: 1. The Legend And The Man-1985-#19 2. You'll Never Know How Much I Needed You Today-1986-#26 That was the first Twitty album not to have a top ten since Conway Twitty Country in 1967 (Funny But I'm Not Laughing peaked at #61 that year). Twitty was working on the Fallin' For You For Years CD while the Chasin' Rainbows CD was on the charts. The first single, Desperado Love topped the charts during Twitty's 53rd birthday (breaking his 'mini drought'). Background vocals were provided by Vince Gill (who backed up Twitty during the last seven years of his life). The number 35 figures prominently with Desperado Love: 1. It was Twitty's 35th solo #1 (he has five more with Loretta Lynn). 2. It was the 35th #1 of 1986 during the 35th week of the year. 3. The American Country Countdown named it the 35th biggest hit of the year. Since Desperado Love, Twitty collected ten more top tens. Five of them stopped at #2. They were: 1. Fallin' For You For Years-1987 2. Julia-1987 3. I Want To Know You Before We Make Love-1987 4. She's Got A Single Thing In Mind-1989 5. Crazy In Love-1990 During the chart run of Desperado Love, Twitty re-signed with MCA Records. This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 6, 1986: 1. DESPERADO LOVE-CONWAY TWITTY-WARNER BROS. 2. Country State Of Mind-Hank Williams, Jr.-Warner Bros. 3. Sometimes A Lady-Eddy Raven-RCA 4. Little Rock-Reba McEntire-MCA 5. Got My Heart Set On You-John Conlee-Columbia 6. Stand A Little Rain-Nitty Gritty Dirt Band-Warner Bros. 7. In Love-Ronnie Milsap-RCA 8. Slow Boat To China-Girls Next Door-MTM 9. That's How You Know When Love's Right-Steve Wariner and Nicollette Larson-MCA 10. Always Have, Always Will-Janie Frickie-Columbia
1. OUR KIND OF #1: Lady Antebellum collects their fourth #1 hit of their career with Our Kind Of Love. In the meantime, they become the first act to have three #1s in Billboard 2010 (since December, 2009). They are: 1. Need You Now-2009 2. American Honey-2010 3. Our Kind Of Love-2010 2. REBA'S #1 IN TWO CATEGORIES: Reba McEntire climbs two spots to #20 with Turn On The Radio. It is her 77th major hit. That is the most by a female artist. Dolly Parton is second with 72 top 20 hits. McEntire also leads Parton in top tens: 59 versus 54. 3. FIVE FOR FIVE: Darius Rucker collects his fifth top ten in Come Back Song (#9 this week). It extends his hit list with his first five singles. They are: 1. Don't Think I Don't Think About It-2008-#1 2. It Won't Be Like This For Long-2009-#1 3. Alright-2009-#1 4. History In The Making-2010-#3 5. Come Back Song-2010-#9 so far 4. A TIE: We have two songs this week moving up six spaces (for the title of fastest movers). They are: Family Man-Craig Campbell-#44 to #38 Ready For Love-Adam Brand-#55 to #49 5. A SECOND SERVING: Blake Shelton debuts the second single from his second sixpak CD. Who You Are When I'm Not Looking grabs the Hot Shot Debut at #51. The title track, All About Tonight recently became his seventh #1 hit. 6. THE TOP SELLERS: These were the top selling CDs in 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, and 1985: 2005: Hillbilly Deluxe-Brooks & Dunn-Arista 2000: Coyote Ugly-Soundtrack-Curb 1995: The Woman In Me-Shania Twain-Mercury 1990: Killin' Time-Clint Black-RCA 1985: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2-Ronnie Milsap-RCA 7. THEIR TEN BIGGEST: Alan Jackson announced he will be releasing #1s CD. But, which ten of his #1s are the biggest? First number-weeks at #1, second number-weeks in the top 40. 1. It's Five O'Clock Somewhere-with Jimmy Buffett-2003-8-27 2. Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning-2001-5-20 3. Drive For Daddy Gene-2002-4-28 4. Chattahoochee-1993-4-16 5. Where I Come From-2001-3-21 6. Don't Rock The Jukebox-1991-3-19 7. Little Bitty-1996-3-19 8. Livin' On Love-1994-3-17 9. Summertime Blues-1994-3-14 10. Remember When-2004-2-24 8. THE YEAR'S BIGGEST: These are the ten biggest hits of 1998 according to the American Country Countdown: 1. Just To See You Smile-Tim McGraw-Curb 2. This Kiss-Faith Hill-Warner Bros. 3. Bye, Bye-Jo Dee Messina-Curb 4. I'm Alright-Jo Dee Messina-Curb 5. I Can Still Feel You-Collin Raye-Epic 6. Where The Green Grass Grows-Tim McGraw-Curb 7. Wide Open Spaces-Dixie Chicks-Monument 8. I Just Want To Dance With You-George Strait-MCA 9. There's Your Trouble-Dixie Chicks-Monument 10. A Broken Wing-Martina McBride-RCA 9. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: The headline for this week's feature would be: MORE THAN A MEMORY: MORE THAN A HIT, IT IS HISTORY Garth Brooks, the A.C.M. Artist of the Decade for the 1990s, has made country music history by becoming the first artist to debut at number one on the singles chart with More Than A Memory. I am writing this as it happened in September, 2007. The last fact will be for September, 2010. 1. It is his first single release on the Pearl/Big Machine label. 2. It is the second number one hit for the Big Machine label. Jack Ingram was the first with Wherever You Are in 2006. Taylor Swift peaked at number two with Teardrops On My Guitar in 2007. 3. Speaking of Swift, she had the number one album with her self-titled debut while Brooks was number one on the singles chart. That gives the Big Machine label a clean sweep. 4. It is Brooks' first number one on the Big Machine label. His first eighteen were on the Capitol label (1989-1998). This now gives Brooks an eighteen year span of number one hits (1989-2007). 5. It is Brooks' first number one hit since To Make You Feel My Love in 1998. 6. It vaults Brooks to 18th place on the all-time list of number one hits between Brooks & Dunn with 20 (17) and Crystal Gayle with 18 (19). 7. It is the first time Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood are charting together with the Big Machine label. She signed earlier this year after ending a sixteen year association with MCA Records. Her Heaven, Heartache, And The Power Of Love rested at #27 while he was at number one. 8. It is the second number one from a boxed set. It is coming from the 2CD/DVD box set The Ultimate Hits. The first number one from a boxed set was Check Yes Or No by George Strait, his idol in 1995. That single came from the 4CD box set Strait Out Of The Box. It went on to win the C.M.A. Single of the Year in 1996. 9. Brooks becomes the fifth artist to have number ones in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. George Strait, Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, and Dolly Parton did it before Brooks. Of course, Parton can claim number ones in the 1970s as well. LET'S UPDATE: 10. The writers of the song are Lee Brice, Kyle Jacobs, and Billy Montana. Brice is spending his 56th week on the charts with Love Like Crazy. He is responsible for the single that took the shortest time to get to #1 (1 week) and has the record for the most time spent on the charts. This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 15, 2007: THIS WEEK-LAST WEEK-TITLE-ARTIST-LABEL 01. ** MORE THAN A MEMORY-GARTH BROOKS-PEARL/BIG MACHINE 02. 01. These Are My People-Rodney Atkins-Curb 03. 04. Take Me There-Rascal Flatts-Lyric Street 04. 02. Because Of You-Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson-MCA 05. 05. Proud Of The House We Built-Brooks & Dunn-Arista 06. 06. Love Me If You Can-Toby Keith-Show Dog 07. 07. All My Friends Say-Luke Bryan-Capitol 08. 03. Never Wanted Nothing More-Kenny Chesney-BNA 09. 08. Online-Brad Paisley-Arista 10. 09. Everyday America-Sugarland-Mercury
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1. LADY LOVE: Lady Antebellum has the #1 song for the second week with Our Kind Of Love. They have spent ten weeks at #1 with their four chart toppers. They are: 1. I Run To You-2009-1 2. Need You Now-2009-5 3. American Honey-2010-2 4. Our Kind Of Love-2010-2 so far 2. PUT URBAN AT #29: Keith Urban debuts his first single from his upcoming CD, Get Closer this week. Put You In A Song debuts at #29. His last hit, I'm In started at #60. It is his 26th single to chart (24 are his, 1 with Brad Paisley, and 1 with Emily West). 3. ALL THE HITS ARE MINE: Taylor Swift continues her perfect streak of top ten hits as Mine is at #10 this week. All of her single releases have hit the top ten. They are: 1. Tim McGraw-2007-#6 2. Teardrops On My Guitar-2007-#2 3. Our Song-2007-#1-chart wise, her biggest hit 4. Picture To Burn-2008-#3 5. Should've Said No-2008-#1 6. Love Story-2008-#1 7. White Horse-2009-#2 8. You Belong With Me-2009-#1 9. Fifteen-2010-#7 10. Fearless-2010-#10 11. Mine-2010-#10 so far 4. HAYES ON THE MOVE: Walker Hayes has the fastest climbing song of the week as Pants takes an eight notch jump to #47. 5. GOOD RIDE COWBOY: For The first time in 57 weeks, Lee Brice is NOT on the chart with Love Like Crazy. It debuts on the recurrent chart at #2. 6. THE #1 HITS: These were the top singles in 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, and 1985: 2005: A Real Fine Place To Start-Sara Evans-RCA 2000: That's The Way-Jo Dee Messina-Curb 1995: I Like It, I Love It-Tim McGraw-Curb 1990: Jukebox In My Mind-Alabama-RCA 1985: I Fell In Love Again Last Night-Forester Sisters-Warner Bros. 7. THEIR TEN BIGGEST: Marty Robbins would have celebrated his 85th birthday this week. He is the reason why I love country music. Here are his ten biggest hits. Weeks at #1 will be first followed by weeks in the top 40. 1. Singing The Blues-1956-13-30 2. Don't Worry-1961-10-19 3. Devil Woman-1962-8-21 4. El Paso-1959-7-26 5. A White Sport Coat And A Pink Carnation-1957-5-22 6. The Story Of My Life-1958-4-23 7. Begging To You-1964-3-23 8. Just Married-1958-2-25 9. I'll Go On Alone-1953-2-18 10. I Walk Alone-1968-2-15 8. THE YEAR'S BIGGEST: These are the ten biggest hits of 1999 according to the American Country Countdown: 1. Amazed-Lonestar-BNA 2. How Forever Feels-Kenny Chesney-BNA 3. Write This Down-George Strait-MCA 4. Something Like That-Tim McGraw-Curb 5. Lesson In leavin'-Jo Dee Messina-Curb 6. Please Remember Me-Tim McGraw-Curb 7. I Love You-Martina McBride-RCA 8. Stand Beside Me-Jo Dee Messina-Curb 9. You Had Me From Hello-Kenny Chesney-BNA 10. I Don't Want To Miss A Thing-Mark Chesnutt-Decca 9. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: Merle Haggard has fifteen #1 albums. The last of those chart topping CDs was our top selling album 26 years ago this week. The album we are talking about is It's All In The Game. Since most of my Milestone features are long, we will start the Haggard story in 1981. That was the year he signed with Epic Records after a five year stint with MCA. During that time he had one chart topping hit in I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink (in 1981). His previous #1, Bar Room Buddies (with Clint Eastwood) came from the Bronco Billy Soundtrack in 1980. Haggard's first Epic album, Big City peaked at #3 despite the fact it contained three classics. They are: 1. My Favorite Memory-1981-#1 2. Big City-1982-#1 3. Are The Good Times Really Over I Wish A Buck Was Still Silver-1982-#2 The album also contains his version of I Always Get Lucky With You. That was done by his future duet partner, George Jones (#1 in 1983). He teamed up with Jones on the next album called A Taste Of Yesterday's Wine. The title track reached #1 while the second single, C.C. Waterback topped off at #10 in 1983. The album itself reached #4. The Going Where The Lonely Go album (#3) yielded the title track (#1) and You Take Me For Granted (#1). Then his best charted album was released. It was another duets album. Instead of Jones, he picked Willie Nelson. The Pancho & Lefty album was #1 for eight weeks and stayed on the charts for a little over two years (his longest charted album as well). Reasons To Quit (#6) and the title track (#1) were the hits gleaned from the album. It has been certified at the platinum level. That's The Way Love Goes started with What Am I Gonna Do With The Rest Of My Life (#3) and the title track (#1 during the tenth anniversary of Johnny Rodriguez's version hitting #1). That's The Way became Haggard's ONLY Grammy Award winning hit. Someday When Things Are Good (#1) finished off the album. The album hit #8. Haggard released It's All In The Game in 1984. It's first single, Let's Chase Each Other Around The Room hit #1 the same week as the album hit #1. Two duets with Janie Frickie hit #1 in 1985: A Place To Fall Apart and Natural High. His next album was his first greatest hits package for Epic (His Epic Hits-The First 11-To Be Continued) hit #37 in 1985. The closest Haggard came to topping the album charts after It's All In The Game was A Friend In California (#2 in 1986). That came after the Kern River album (#8 in 1985). His last top ten CD came in 1988 with Chill Factor (#8). It contained his last chart topping hit, Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star. Two years later, he signed with Curb Records after eight years on Epic. This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOPTEN FOR WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 22, 1984: 1. IT'S ALL IN THE GAME-MERLE HAGGARD-EPIC 2. Major Moves-Hank Williams, Jr.-Warner Bros. 3. City Of New Orleans-Willie Nelson-Columbia 4. Right Or Wrong-George Strait-MCA 5. Roll On-Alabama-RCA 6. Don't Cheat In Our Hometown-Ricky Skaggs-Epic 7. Don't Make It Easy For Me-Earl Thomas Conley-RCA 8. It Takes Believers-Mickey Gilley and Charly McClain-Epic 9. Eye Of A Hurricane-John Anderson-Warner Bros. 10. The Judds-the Judds-RCA
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1. KENNY'S BOYS ARE #1: Kenny Chesney collects the 18th #1 hit in his career with The Boys Of Fall. It is coming from the CD that drops in stores today called Hemingway's Whiskey. His 37th top ten hit sets two chart achievements. They are: 1. It extends his consecutive year streak of having a #1 hit to ten. The years and songs are: 2001-Don't Happen Twice 2002-The Good Stuff-chart wise, his biggest hit 2003-There Goes My Life 2004-When The Sun Goes Down-with Uncle Kracker 2005-Anything But Mine 2006-Living In Fast Forward Summertime 2007-Beer In Mexico Never Wanted Nothing More Don't Blink 2008-Better As A Memory Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven-with the Wailers 2009-Down The Road-with Mac McAnally Out Last Night 2010-The Boys Of Fall That is currently the longest streak of an artist having a #1 hit. 2. His eighteen chart toppers have spent 60 weeks at #1. Other artists to spend at least 60 weeks at #1 are: 1. Eddy Arnold-145 2. Webb Pierce-111 3. George Strait-84 4. Hank Williams, Sr.-82 5. Buck Owens-82 6. Johnny Cash-69 7. Sonny James-66 8. Tim McGraw-64 9. Marty Robbins-63 10. Kenny Chesney-60 2. THE END OF THE CURB ERA?: Tim McGraw grabs Hot Shot Debut honors this week as Felt Good On My Lips lands at #33. It is coming from yes, another greatest hits CD called #1 Hits. The question is, will that CD be the last for Curb Records? Stay tuned! 3. UP WITH KEITH: Keith Urban has the fastest climbing song as Put You In A Song vaults six spots to #23. 4. J.J.'S FIRST #1: Jamey Johnson has collected #1 hits as a songwriter (Give It Away and Ladies Love Country Boys). Now, he collects his first as an artist as his latest CD, The Guitar Song becomes his first chart topping disc. It sold 63,000 copies last week. Because it is a two CD set, the RIAA will consider its sales to be 126,000. 5. A 90S LOOK: These were the #1 hits during the last week in September during the 1990s: 1990: Jukebox In My Mind-Alabama-RCA 1991: Where Are You Now-Clint Black-RCA 1992: In This Life-Collin Raye-Epic 1993: Ain't Going Down Til The Sun Comes Up-Garth Brooks-Capitol 1994: Third Rock From The Sun-Joe Diffie-Epic 1995: I Like It, I Love It-Tim McGraw-Curb 1996: So Much For Pretending-Bryan White-Asylum 1997: How Your Love Makes Me Feel-Diamond Rio-Arista 1998: Where The Green Grass Grows-Tim McGraw-Curb 1999: Something Like That-Tim McGraw-Curb 6. THEIR 20 BIGGEST-COUPLES EDITION: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw will celebrate their 14th anniversary next week. We will rank each of their ten biggest hits. First number-weeks at #1, second number-weeks in the top 40. F.H.: 1. Breathe-1999-6-27 2. It's Your Love-with Tim McGraw-1997-6-20 3. The Way You Love Me-2000-4-31 4. Wild One-1994-4-17 5. This Kiss-1998-3-24 6. It Matters To Me-1996-3-18 7. Mississippi Girl-2005-2-20 8. Piece Of My Heart-1994-1-18 9. Let Me Let Go-1998-1-18 10. Take Me As I Am-1994-2-17 (#2) T.M.: 1. Live Like You Were Dying-2004-7-21 2. Just To See You Smile-1998-6-25 3. It's Your Love-with Faith Hill-1997-6-20 4. Something Like That-1999-5-34 5. My Next Thirty Years-2000-5-28 6. Please Remember Me-1999-5-23 7. I Like It, I Love it-1995-5-19 8. Where The Green Grass Grows-1998-4-27 9. My Best Friend-2000-2-31 10. Real Good Man-2003-2-24 7. THE YEAR'S BIGGEST: These are the ten biggest hits of 2000 according to the American Country Countdown: 1. How Do You Like Me Now-Toby Keith-Dreamworks 2. I Hope You Dance-Lee Ann Womack-MCA 3. What About Now-Lonestar-BNA 4. Cowboy Take Me Away-Dixie Chicks-Monument 5. My Best Friend-Tim McGraw-Curb 6. Breathe-Faith Hill-Warner Bros. 7. The Way You Love Me-Faith Hill-Warner Bros. 8. Yes!-Chad Brock-Warner Bros. 9. The Best Day-George Strait-MCA 10. That's The Way-Jo Dee Messina-Curb 8. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: The last time I saluted our featured artist (in December, 2009), Ronnie Milsap had just released his first greatest hits album in 1980 and celebrated a #1 hit in Smoky Mountain Rain. That helped him win the Billboard award for country singles artist of the year. Lightning has struck twice and I am saluting Milsap again, this time with his second greatest hits CD and a new recording in Lost In The Fifties Tonight In The Still Of The Night (our #1 hit 25 years ago this week). RCA Records decided that after five years since his last survey of hits, it was time to review the greatest hits of Milsap's career between 1981-1985. The track listing for volume two is: 1. She Keeps The Home Fires Burning-1985-#1 2. There's No Gettin' Over Me-1981-#1 3. I Wouldn't Have Missed It For The World-1982-#1 4. It's Already Taken 5. Stranger In My House-1983-#5 6. Lost In The Fifties Tonight In The Still Of The Night-1985-#1 7. Any Day Now-1982-#1 8. Am I Losing You-1981-#1 9. Inside-1983-#1 10. Don't You Know How Much I Love You-1983-#1 Titles 1, 4, and 6 were the new recordings for the CD. She Keeps was Milsap's 26th #1 hit in June, 1985. Lost In The Fifties was released in July and made its way to #1 in September. It stayed at #1 for two weeks (the ONLY single to be at #1 for longer than a week in 1985). The Judds' Have Mercy was a two week #1 due to the holiday freeze on the charts. BOTH Billboard and the American Country Countdown named Lost In The Fifties the biggest hit of the year. By peaking at #8 on the A.C. chart, it became the last of Milsap's crossover hits. Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 became Milsap's best charted CD (11 weeks at #1). It is certified at the platinum level. Sensing a theme for the next CD, Milsap and RCA decided to keep it 50s flavored (which revived the 1950s on the country chart between 1985-1989). Lost In The Fifties Tonight was released in 1986. They repeated Lost In The Fifties, the song for the CD. It yielded three more chart toppers: 1. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby-1986 2. In Love-1986 3. How Do I Turn You On-1987 The CD won a C.M.A. Award for Album of the Year. The number two figures prominently so far: 1. Lost In The Fifties appeared on two consecutive CDs (the greatest hits and became the title track of the next CD). 2. The single was #1 for two weeks. And now: 3. It won Grammy Awards in two consecutive years. In 1986, the song won for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male while the entire album won the same award in 1987. Talk about winning the same award for the same music twice! This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 28, 1985: 1. LOST IN THE FIFTIES TONIGHT IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT-RONNIE MILSAP-RCA 2. Drinkin' And Dreamin'-Waylon Jennings-RCA 3. Between Blue Eyes And Jeans-Conway Twitty-Warner Bros. 4. Meet Me In Montana-Marie Osmond and Dan Seals-Capitol 5. With Just One Look In Your Eyes-Charly McClain and Wayne Massey-Epic 6. You Make Me Want To Make You Mine-Juice Newton-RCA 7. Touch A Hand, Make A Friend-Oak Ridge Boys-MCA 8. She's Comin' Back To Say Goodbye-Eddie Rabbitt-Warner Bros. 9. Love Talks-Ronnie McDowell-Epic 10. If It Weren't For Him-Vince Gill-RCA
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1. CHESNEY'S FALL: For the second week, Kenny Chesney has the #1 hit in the country with The Boys Of Fall. It is his 61st week at #1. The songs and weeks at #1 are: 1. She's Got It All-1997-3 2. How Forever Feels-1996-6 3. You Had Me From Hello-1999-1 4. Don't Happen Twice-2001-1 5. The Good Stuff-2002-7-chart wise, his biggest hit 6. There Goes My Life-2003-7 7. When The Sun Goes Down-with Uncle Kracker-2004-5 8. Anything But Mine-2005-2 9. Living In Fast Forward-2006-3 10. Summertime-2006-5 11. Beer In Mexico-2007-3 12. Never Wanted Nothing More-2007-5 13. Don't Blink-2007-4 14. Better As A Memory-2008-2 15. Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven-with the Wailers-2008-2 16. Down The Road-with Mac McAnally-2009-1 17. Out Last Night-2009-2 18. The Boys Of Fall-2010-2 so far 2. HIS 51ST, THEIR SIXTH: As She's Walking Away, the duet between the Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson is at #9 this week. In the meantime, it sets a few chart achievements. They are: 1. The Zac Brown Band is a perfect six for six in the top tens department. Their other five single releases have hit the top ten. They are: a. Chicken Fried-2008-#1 b. Whatever It Is-2009-#2 c. Toes-2009-#1 d. Highway 20 Ride-2010-#1 e. Free-2010-#1 2. Jackson collects his 51st top ten hit, putting him in the same company as Jim Reeves, Loretta Lynn, and Alabama. 3. This is Jackson's second top ten hit on a label other than Arista Records. His first was on the Mailboat label when he joined Jimmy Buffett (and others) on Hey Good Lookin' (#8 in 2004). This song, Walking Away is on the Atlantic label. 4. Jackson is the last artist from the vaunted Class of 1989 to land a top ten hit in three consecutive decades. The others: a. Clint Black-1980s, 1990s, and 2000s b. Travis Tritt-1980s, 1990s, and 2000s c. Garth Brooks-1980s, 1990s, and 2000s d. Alan Jackson-1990s, 2000s, and 2010s 3. FAST MOVERS: We have two songs taking impressive moves on the chart this week. They are: 1. Hello World by Lady Antebellum. They move up 14 to #39. 2. A Little Bit Stronger by Sara Evans. She moves up 12 to #48. 4. TOBY, MEET YOURSELF: Toby Keith literally finds himself besides himself. He takes the #29 position with Bullets In The Gun and is at #30 with Trailerhood. 5. SOME CD NEWS: There are three items of interest on the country albums chart this week: 1. ZAC'S AT #1: The Zac Brown Band debuts at #1 on BOTH country and top 200 charts after selling 153,000 copies of You Get What You Give. Their debut CD, The Foundation was a #2 country CD and a #9 top 200 CD. 2. CURRINGTON MUST LOVE #2: Billy Currington debuts at #2 on the country albums chart this week after selling 45,000 copies of Enjoy Yourself. This is his third time at the runner-up position on the chart. It follows 2005's Doin' Somethin' Right and 2008's Little Bit Of Everything. 3. POOR SWIFT: After 97 weeks on the chart, Taylor Swift's Fearless CD is out of the top ten for the FIRST time. It is at #11 with over six million sold. I am breaking out my violin case right now. 6. A 90S LOOK PART II: These were the #1 CDs during the first week in October during the 1990s: 1990: Killin' Time-Clint Black-RCA 1991: Ropin' The Wind-Garth Brooks-Capitol 1992: The Chase-Garth Brooks-Capitol 1993: In Pieces-Garth Brooks-Capitol 1994: Not A Moment Too Soon-Tim McGraw-Curb 1995: All I Want-Tim McGraw-Curb 1996: Blue-LeAnn Rimes-Curb 1997: You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs-LeAnn Rimes-Curb 1998: Come On Over-Shania Twain-Mercury 1999: Fly-the Dixie Chicks-Monument 7. THEIR TEN BIGGEST: Tanya Tucker is celebrating her 52nd birthday this week. She has been a country superstar for the past 38 years. That is 73% of her life! These are her ten biggest hits. Weeks at #1 will be first, followed by weeks in the top 40. 1. Strong Enough To Bend-1988-1-15 2. I Won't Take Less Than Your Love-with Paul Davis and Paul Overstreet-1988-1-15 3. Just Another Love-1986-1-14 4. If It Don't Come Easy-1988-1-14 5. What's Your Mama's Name-1973-1-14 6. Would You Lay With Me In A Field Of Stone-1974-1-13 7. Lizzie And The Rainman-1975-1-12 8. Blood Red And Goin' Down-1973-1-12 9. Here's Some Love-1976-1-12 10. San Antonio Stroll-1975-1-11 8. THE YEAR'S BIGGEST: These are the ten biggest hits of 2001 according to the American Country Countdown: 1. Ain't Nothing 'Bout You-Brooks & Dunn-Arista 2. My Next Thirty Years-Tim McGraw-Curb 3. You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This-Toby Keith-Dreamworks 4. I'm Already There-Lonestar-BNA 5. Only In America-Brooks & Dunn-Arista 6. Don't Happen Twice-Kenny Chesney-BNA 7. One More Day-Diamond Rio-Arista 8. Who I Am-Jessica Andrews-Dreamworks 9. What I Really Meant To Say-Cyndi Thomson-Capitol 10. It's A Great Day To Be Alive-Travis Tritt-Columbia
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9. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: Let us do an exercise together, shall we? How long can you think about country music during the 1990s WITHOUT Garth Brooks? I thought so! His decade of dominance began twenty years ago this week with his biggest hit, Friends In Low Places. Brooks signed to Capitol Records in 1988. The same year saw Clint Black signed to RCA Records. During their first year and a half on the charts, it was ALL Black. He scored five top five hits with his Killin' Time CD. They are: 1. A Better Man-1989-#1 2. Killin' Time-1989-#1 3. Nobody's Home-1990-#1-chart wise, his biggest hit and the biggest hit of 1990 4. Walkin' Away-1990-#1 5. Nothing's News-1990-#3 He won the C.M.A. Horizon Award in 1989 and in 1990, won the C.M.A. Male Vocalist of the Year. His debut CD sold a million copies within a year of its release (now certified at the triple platinum mark). Getting back to Brooks, he scored a quartet of top tens from his self-titled debut CD. They are: 1. Much Too Young To Feel This Damn Old-1989-#8 2. If Tomorrow Never Comes-1989-#1 3. Not Counting You-1990-#2 4. The Dance-1990-#1 Brooks did not win any awards during this time period. At the one year mark, his debut CD sold 250,000 copies (now certified at the diamond mark). During the first seven months of 1990, Brooks went to work on CD #2. He was in the middle of the listening stage when he was presented with Friends In Low Places and fell in love with it instantly. He was assured that he could record the song. Then, a near disaster took place. During the same time Brooks was recording his second CD, Texan Mark Chesnutt was readying his first MCA disc, Too Cold At Home. It was reported to Brooks that Chesnutt had already recorded Friends and wanted to make it his first single. That scared the daylights out of Brooks. He pleaded with songwriters DeWayne Blackwell and Earl Lee to record Friends and make it the lead single off of the No Fences CD. They agreed and Brooks also recorded Mr. Blue, another Blackwell song which was a #1 pop hit for The Fleetwoods in 1959. The Dance was released in April, 1990. It was #1 in July. Brooks and Capitol rush released Friends in August. Friends debuted at #65 on the 08-18-90 chart (The Dance was at #13 that week, three weeks removed from its #1 position). Next To You, Next To Me by Shenandoah was #1 that week. Instead of releasing Friends as a single, Chesnutt and MCA released the title track as their first single. That song entered the charts at #60 for the 08-04-90 chart (Good Times by Dan Seals was #1 that week). BOTH Brooks and Chesnutt raced up the charts with their singles. Brooks roped in his third #1 hit while Chesnutt had to settle for a #3 placing. The chart run for F.I.L.P. is (from 08-90 to 12-90): 65-23-14-11-03-03-02-01-01-01-01-03-06-14-15-17-21-31-29-29 While Friends was at #1, Capitol rush released Unanswered Prayers (which enabled Reba McEntire to get to #1 with You Lie). That song topped the charts in January, 1991. During the chart run of Friends, Brooks picked up his first C.M.A. Awards, the Horizon Award and Video for The Dance. Brooks cleaned house at the following A.C.M.s by winning: 1. Entertainer of the Year 2. Male Vocalist of the Year 3. Single for Friends In Low Places 4. Album for No Fences 5. Song for The Dance (Tony Arata tune) 6. Video for The Dance The No Fences CD was the #1 selling country CD for 41 weeks and climbed as high as #3 on the top 200 chart (had Soundscan started a year earlier, No Fences would have been a #1 CD on the top 200 as well). Two more chart toppers were released in 1991: Two Of A Kind, Workin' On A Full House and The Thunder Rolls. At the 1991 C.M.A.s, Brooks picked up the following awards: 1. Entertainer of the Year 2. Single for Friends In Low Places 3. Album for No Fences 4. Video for The Thunder Rolls Brooks made history with his next CD, Ropin' The Wind. It debuted at #1 on BOTH country and top 200 charts. This is the list of those Brooks CDs with double #1 debuts: 1. The Chase-1992 2. In Pieces-1993 3. The Hits-1994 4. Sevens-1997 5. The Limited Series-1998 6. Double Live-1998 7. Scarecrow-2001 In 1999, Brooks was named the A.C.M. Artist of the Decade. In 2000, Capitol Records celebrated sales of over 100 million. That year saw a resurgence of the No Fences CD. The fifth single, Wild Horses was released in November and peaked at #7 in February, 2001. That was done because Shania Twain's Come On Over CD was poised to become the best selling country CD of all time (Twain sold 23 million copies to Brooks' 18 million). This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 6, 2000: 1. FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES-GARTH BROOKS-CAPITOL 2. Holdin' A Good Hand-Lee Greenwood-Capitol 3. I Fell In Love-Carlene Carter-Reprise 4. Jukebox In My Mind-Alabama-RCA 5. Too Cold At Home-Mark Chesnutt-MCA 6. Drinking Champagne-George Strait-MCA 7. You Lie-Reba McEntire-MCA 8. Precious Thing-Steve Wariner-MCA 9. I Meant Every Word He Said-Ricky Van Shelton-Columbia 10. Born To Be Blue-the Judds-RCA
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1. ALL OVER TURNER: Josh Turner collects his fourth #1 hit in All Over Me. This is his second consecutive #1 as his previous single, Why Don't We Just Dance ruled for four weeks earlier this year. This is his second time collecting consecutive #1s. In 2006, he landed his first #1 with Your Man followed with his second, Would You Go With Me. 2. NEW LABEL, NEW HIT: Rascal Flatts collect their first top ten on the Big Machine label as Why Wait hits #10 this week. Their previous 23 top tens were on Lyric Street Records. 3. THREE LABELS, THREE HITS: Trace Adkins also has a major hit on his hands as well. He is at #20 with This Ain't No Love Song. He has landed his third major hit in the past year with three labels. They are: 1. All I Ask For Anymore-2009-#14 on Capitol 2. Hillbilly Bone-with Blake Shelton-2010-#1 on Warner Bros. 3. This Ain't No Love Song-2010-#20 so far on Show Dog-Universal 4. HELLO LADY A: For the second week in a row, Lady Antebellum has the fastest climbing song of the week as Hello World vaults eight to #31. 5. THE #1S ON THE 0S: These were the top hits in 2000, 1990, 1980, 1970, 1960, and 1950: 2000: Kiss This-Aaron Tippin-Lyric Street 1990: Friends In Low Places-Garth Brooks-Capitol 1980: Loving Up A Storm-Razzy Bailey-RCA 1970: Sunday Morning Coming Down-Johnny Cash-Columbia 1960: Alabam-Cowboy Copas-Starday 1950: I'm Moving On-Hank Snow-RCA 6. THEIR 16 BIGGEST-DUETS EDITION: Barbara Mandrell and Lee Greenwood had two major duets: To Me (#3 in 1984) and It Should Have Been Love By Now (#19 in 1985). These are their biggest hits. Number of weeks at #1 will be first, followed by number of weeks in the top 40. B.M.: 1. Sleeping Single In A Double Bed-1978-3-11 2. One Of A Kind Pair Of Fools-1983-1-14 3. 'Til You're Gone-1982-1-14 4. If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right-1979-1-11 5. Years-1980-1-10 6. I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool-with George Jones-1981-1-08 7. Only A Lonely Heart Knows-1984-1-13 (#2) 8. Wish You Were Here-1981-1-10 (#2) L.G.: 1. Mornin' Ride-1987-1-15 2. Dixie Road-1985-1-14 3. Hearts Aren't Made To Break They're Made To Love-1986-1-14 4. Somebody's Gonna Love You-1983-1-13 5. I Don't Mind The Thorns If You're The Rose-1985-1-12 6. Don't Underestimate My Love For You-1986-1-12 7. Going, Going, Gone-1984-1-12 8. Holdin' A Good Hand-1990-1-17 (#2) 7. THE YEAR'S BIGGEST: These are the ten biggest hits of 2002 according to the American Country Countdown: 1. The Good Stuff-Kenny Chesney-BNA 2. Good Morning Beautiful-Steve Holy-Curb 3. Somebody Like You-Keith Urban-Capitol 4. Drive For Daddy Gene-Alan Jackson-Arista 5. Living And Living Well-George Strait-MCA 6. My List-Toby Keith-Dreamworks 7. Blessed-Martina McBride-RCA 8. Beautiful Mess-Diamond Rio-Arista 9. I Miss My Friend-Darryl Worley-Dreamworks 10. Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning-Alan Jackson-Arista 8. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: At the beginning of 2002, Garth Brooks had the year's first #1 CD in Scarecrow. Ten months later, Elvis Presley had a #1 country CD as well. It was called ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits and it was our top selling CD eight years ago this week. In 2000, Capitol Records released a chart topping hits CD on The Beatles (second to Presley as far as overall chart performance in pop history) called 1. That CD gathered their chart topping hits from a variety of charts in the U.S. and the U.K.. A lot of Presley fans were wondering if the King of Rock and Roll was going to get the same treatment. Well, they only had to wait two years. RCA Records did what Capitol did. They gathered all (or almost all) of Presley's number one hits from various charts in the U.S. and the U.K. to come up with the 30 songs chosen for the CD. Those songs were: 1. Heartbreak Hotel-1956 2. Don't Be Cruel-1956 3. Hound Dog-1956 4. Love Me Tender-1956 5. Too Much-1957 6. All Shook Up-1957 7. Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear-1957 8. Jailhouse Rock-1957 9. Don't-1958 10. Hard Headed Woman-1958 11. One Night-1958 12. Now And Then There's A Fool Such As I-1959 13. A Big Hunk o'Love-1959 14. Stuck On You-1960 15. It's Now Or Never-1960 16. Are You Lonesome Tonight-1960 17. Wooden Heart-1961 18. Surrender-1961 19. Marie's The Name His Latest Flame-1961 20. Can't Help Falling In Love-1962 21. Good Luck Charm-1962 22. She's Not You-1962 23. Return To Sender-1962 24. You're The Devil In Disguise-1963 25. Crying In The Chapel-1965 26. In The Ghetto-1969 27. Suspicious Minds-1969 28. The Wonder Of You-1970 29. Burning Love-1972 30. Way Down-1977 31. A Little Less Conversation-2002 When the CD was released, it became the FIRST Presley CD to debut at #1 on BOTH country and top 200 charts. It was his first #1 country album since Elvis In Concert in 1977. The CD itself plays for 80 minutes. The CD is certified at the quintuple platinum mark. Three months from now, had he lived, Presley would be blowing out 76 candles on his birthday cake. This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 12, 2002: 1. ELV1S: 30 #1 HITS-ELVIS PRESLEY-RCA 2. Home-the Dixie Chicks-Monument 3. Unleashed-Toby Keith-Dreamworks 4. Strong Enough-Travis Tritt-Columbia 5. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems-Kenny Chesney-BNA 6. O Brother, Where Art Thou?-Soundtrack-Mercury 7. Jerusalem-Steve Earle-E-Squared/Artemis 8. Drive-Alan Jackson-Arista 9. Greatest Hits-Martina McBride-RCA 10. This Side-Nickel Creek-Sugar Hill
I am uploading a video of his last #1 country hit, Guitar Man, a song written by Jerry Reed. May both men rest in peace!
1. CORBIN'S ON A ROLL: Easton Corbin is two for two as Roll With It becomes his second chart topping hit. His first was A Little More Country Than That. He becomes the first artist on the Mercury label since Jamie O'Neal to take their first two singles to #1. She did it in 2001 with There Is No Arizona and When I Think About Angels. 2. FAMILY HARMONY: The Band Perry collects their first top ten hit in If I Die Young (#10 this week). They consist of a trio of siblings: Kimberly, Neil, and Reid. The last all-sibling group with a top ten hit was the Forester Sisters (Men-#8 in 1991). 3. NOT SO REALLY FAST MOVERS: There are two singles this week taking four point jumps. They are: 1. Still A Little Chicken Left On That Bone-Craig Morgan-#51 to #47 2. A Man Like Me-Randy Houser-#59 to #55 4. DON'T MOVE: In a pretty stagnant week, ten songs stay at the same position as last week (and they are all together): #19 Only Prettier-Miranda Lambert #20 This Ain't No Love Song-Trace Adkins #21 Felt Good On My Lips-Tim McGraw #22 Someone Else Calling You Baby-Luke Bryan #23 Voices-Chris Young #24 Smoke A Little Smoke-Eric Church #25 Bullets In The Gun-Toby Keith #26 Just By Being You Halo And Wings-Steel Magnolia #27 The Shape I'm In-Joe Nichols #28 From A Table Away-Sunny Sweeney There are other songs staying in place, but not as a big logjam as this. 5. THE BOSS IS #1: For over the past five years, Toby Keith has been running his own label. For over the past year, his Show Dog label has merged with Universal South. He now has his fifth #1 CD in Bullets In The Gun after 71,000 were sold last week. His other chart topping CDs as owner are: 1. Big Dog Daddy-2007 2. 35 Biggest Hits-2008 3. That Don't Make Me A Bad Guy-2008 4. American Ride-2009 5. Bullets In The Gun-2010 6. THE #1 ALBUMS ON THE 0S: These were the top albums in 2000, 1990, 1980, and 1970: 2000: Greatest Hits-Kenny Chesney-BNA 1990: No Fences-Garth Brooks-Capitol 1980: Honeysuckle Rose-Soundtrack-Columbia 1970: The Fightin' Side Of Me-Merle Haggard-Capitol 7. THEIR TEN BIGGEST: Webb Pierce enjoyed the #1 position a lot, didn't he? After all, he spent 111 weeks at #1 (a little over two years) with his 13 chart toppers. But, which ten were the biggest? Weeks at #1 will be first while weeks in the top 40 will be second. 1. In The Jailhouse Now-1955-21-37 2. Slowly-1954-17-36 3. Love, Love, Love-1955-13-32 4. I Don't Care-1955-12-32 5. There Stands The Glass-1953-12-27 6. More And More-1954-10-29 7. It's Been So Long-1953-8-22 8. Wondering-1952-4-27 9. Why Baby Why-with Red Sovine-1956-4-25 10. Back Street Affair-1952-4-23 8. THE YEAR'S BIGGEST: These are the ten biggest hits of 2003 according to the American Country Countdown: 1. It's Five O'Clock Somewhere-Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett-Arista 2. Nineteen Somethin'-Mark Wills-Mercury 3. Beer For My Horses-Toby Keith and Willie Nelson-Dreamworks 4. My Front Porch Looking In-Lonestar-BNA 5. Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me-Keith Urban-Capitol 6. She'll Leave You With A Smile-George Strait-MCA 7. What Was I Thinkin'-Dierks Bentley-Capitol 8. I Believe-Diamond Rio-Arista 9. Red Dirt Road-Brooks & Dunn-Arista 10. Who's Your Daddy-Toby Keith-Dreamworks 9. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: Guns N'Roses, Bruce Springsteen, and Randy Travis. What do those artists have in common? They ALL released a pair of CDs on the same day. Guns did it in 1991 with Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II. Springsteen released Human Touch and Lucky Town together in 1992. However, when Travis did it later on in 1992, it was a pair of greatest hits CDs. A new recording, If I Didn't Have You was our top hit 18 years ago this week. Travis signed to Warner Bros. in 1985. By the time Warners surveyed Travis' career in 1992, he had racked up 21 major hits, 19 top tens, and 12 #1 hits. The track listing for BOTH CDs are: Vol. 1: 1. If I Didn't Have You-1992-#1 2. 1982-1986-#6 3. Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart-1990-#1 4. On The Other Hand-1986-#1 5. Honky Tonk Moon-1988-#1 6. An Old Pair Of Shoes-1993-#21 7. I Told You So-1988-#1 8. Too Gone Too Long-1988-#1 9. Heroes And Friends-1991-#3 10. Deeper Than The Holler-1989-#1 11. Reasons I Cheat Vol. 2: 1. Look Heart, No Hands-1993-#1 2. Forever And Ever, Amen-1987-#1 3. No Place Like Home-1987-#2 4. Is It Still Over-1989-#1 5. He Walked On Water-1990-#2 6. Take Another Swing At Me 7. Promises-1989-#17 8. Diggin' Up Bones-1986-#1 9. I Won't Need You Anymore Always And Forever-1987-#1 10. It's Just A Matter Of Time-1989-#1 11. I'd Do It All Again With You Not only If I Didn't Have You became a chart topper in 1992, but Look Heart, No Hands did the same in 1993. Both CDs were certified platinum in 1993. However, 1993 saw a downturn in chart fortunes for Travis. He released a CD that year called Wind In The Wire. Its biggest hit was Cowboy Boogie (#46). He rebounded with the next CD, This Is Me in 1994. It produced four top tens. They are: 1. Before You Kill Us All-1994-#2 2. Whisper My Name-1994-#1 3. This Is Me-1994-#5 4. The Box-1995-#7 When title #2 topped the charts, it marked the ninth consecutive year Travis would have a #1 hit. He would have to wait another nine years for his next, Three Wooden Crosses. That comeback was brief even though Travis won several awards for the song in 2003 and 2004. Five years later, he received new attention from Carrie Underwood when she remade I Told You So for her Carnival Ride CD. When it was first released, it was a solo single. When Travis and Underwood sang it together on American Idol, Arista rereleased the song as a duet. It peaked at #2 on the country chart (Underwood's ninth top ten and Travis' 30th) and #9 on the Hot 100 (Underwood's third top ten and Travis' first). During the chart run of I Told You So, Underwood won her first A.C.M. Entertainer of the Year Award. It won a Grammy Award this year for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals. Since the 1992 release of the greatest hits CDs, there have been other surveys of Travis' career. Most notably: 1. Trail Of Memories: The Randy Travis Anthology-2002 2. The Very Best Of Randy Travis-2004 3. I Told You So: The Ultimate Hits Of Randy Travis-2009 More recently, it was announced that Travis will release a special duets CD to celebrate his 25 years in the business in 2011. This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 17, 1992: 1. IF I DIDN'T HAVE YOU-RANDY TRAVIS-WARNER BROS. 2. No One Else On Earth-Wynonna Judd-MCA 3. In This Life-Collin Raye-Epic 4. Jesus And Mama-Confederate Railroad-Atlantic 5. Going Out Of My Mind-McBride And The Ride-MCA 6. Seminole Wind-John Anderson-BNA 7. Wrong Side Of Memphis-Trisha Yearwood-MCA 8. The Greatest Man I Never Knew-Reba McEntire-MCA 9. Cafe On The Corner-Sawyer Brown-Curb 10. Lord Have Mercy On The Working Man-Travis Tritt-Warner Bros. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LivzZkV2F8&ob=av2n[youtube]
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1. COME BACK RUCKER: Darius Rucker collects his fourth #1 hit in Come Back Song. It follows: 1. Don't Think I Don't Think About It-2008 2. It Won't Be Like This For Long-2009 3. Alright-2009 4. Come Back Song-2010 In the meantime, Rucker becomes the seventh artist this year to land chart topper #4. The others: 1. Jason Aldean-The Truth 2. Billy Currington-That's How Country Boys Roll 3. Trace Adkins-Hillbilly Bone with Blake Shelton 4. Zac Brown Band-Free 5. Lady Antebellum-Our Kind Of Love 6. Josh Turner-All Over Me 7. Darius Rucker-Come Back Song 2. ANOTHER 56 WEEKER?: Lee Brice makes his debut at #59 with Beautiful Every Time. His previous single, Love Like Crazy spent 56 weeks on the chart. If Beautiful does the same, its last week on will be in December, 2011. 3. ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL SONG: Jaron And The Long Road To Love have the fastest climbing song of the week as That's Beautiful To Me takes a nine point jump to #48. 4. ANOTHER #11 HIT?: George Strait moves up one to #11 with The Breath You Take. However, he has now lost his bullet and may not make the top ten. If Breath does peak at that position, it will join Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa (2003) and The Seashores Of Old Mexico (2006) as those singles that would have added to his top tens total (could have been 85, but it is 82). 5. AN 80S LOOK: These were the chart topping singles during the last week of October during the 1980s: 1980: Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard Good Ol' Boys-Waylon Jennings-RCA 1981: Never Been So Loved In All My Life-Charley Pride-RCA 1982: Close Enough To Perfect-Alabama-RCA 1983: Islands In The Stream-Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton-RCA 1984: City Of New Orleans-Willie Nelson-Columbia 1985: Some Fools Never Learn-Steve Wariner-MCA 1986: It'll Be Me-Exile-Epic 1987: Right From The Start-Earl Thomas Conley-RCA 1988: Gonna Take A Lot Of River-the Oak Ridge Boys-MCA 1989: High Cotton-Alabama-RCA 6. THEIR TEN BIGGEST: Just in time for Halloween: John Conlee is the ONLY licensed mortician to top the Billboard country chart. These are his ten biggest hits. Weeks at #1 or #2 will be first, then weeks in the top 40. 1. In My Eyes-1984-1-15 2. Got My Heart Set On You-1986-1-14 3. Common Man-1983-1-13 4. I'm Only In It For The Love-1983-1-12 5. As Long As I'm Rockin' With You-1984-1-12 6. Lady Lay Down-1979-1-12 7. Backside Of Thirty-1979-1-11 8. Years After You-1985-2-14 (#2) 9. Before My Time-1979-2-12 (#2) 10. Friday Night Blues-1980-2-11 (#2) 7. THE YEAR'S BIGGEST: These are the ten biggest hits of 2004 according to the American Country Countdown: 1. Live Like You Were Dying-Tim McGraw-Curb 2. I Love This Bar-Toby Keith-Dreamworks 3. Remember When-Alan Jackson-Arista 4. There Goes My Life-Kenny Chesney-BNA 5. Suds In The Bucket-Sara Evans-RCA 6. When The Sun Goes Down-Kenny Chesney and Uncle Kracker-BNA 7. You'll Think Of Me-Keith Urban-Capitol 8. American Soldier-Toby Keith-Dreamworks 9. Watch The Wind Blow By-Tim McGraw-Curb 10. Redneck Woman-Gretchen Wilson-Epic 8. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: 2000, 2006, 2008, and now 2010. What do those years have in common? Well, if it is Tim McGraw we are talking about, those years represent the times Curb Records released greatest hits CDs on McGraw. The third volume of hits was our best selling CD just two years ago this week. You can certainly say McGraw was on a roll in 1999. He released a CD called A Place In The Sun. it debuted at #1 on both country and top 200 charts (three times platinum). Its hits were: 1. Please Remember Me-1999-#1 2. Something Like That-1999-#1 3. My Best Friend-2000-#1 4. Some Things Never Change-2000-#7 5. My Next Thirty Years-2000-#1 During 2000, McGraw was preparing another studio CD called Set This Circus Down. However, while he was charting with title #5, Curb made an announcement that they wanted to release his first greatest hits CD during the last quarter of the year. This infuriated McGraw, but he reluctantly went along with their plans. McGraw would have to wait until the following spring to release Circus. Another triple platinum success and its hits were: 1. Grown Men Don't Cry-2001-#1 2. Angry All The Time-2001-#1 3. The Cowboy In Me-2002-#1 4. Unbroken-2002-#1 Two more studio CDs were released: Tim McGraw And The Dancehall Doctors in 2002 and Live Like You Were Dying in 2004. Dying's last hit was My Old Friend (#6 in 2006) and McGraw wanted to release Let It Go. Just like six years earlier, Curb Records stepped in at the last minute and released Tim McGraw Reflected: Greatest Hits Vol. 2. This made McGraw angry again. However, Let It Go DID see the light of day in 2007 (and Curb just about released every song off the CD). Seven major hits followed: 1. Last Dollar Fly Away-2007-#1 2. I Need You-with Faith Hill-2007-#8 3. If You're Reading This-2007-#3 4. Suspicions-2008-#12 5. Kristofferson-2008-#16 6. Let It Go-2008-#2 7. Nothin' To Die For-2009-#5 During the chart run of title #4, Curb repackaged the first two greatest hits CDs and retitled the set Greatest Hits: Limited Edition. While title #6 was on the charts, Greatest Hits 3 was released. The track lsiting for the CD is: 1. Back When-2004-#1 2. Last Dollar Fly Away-2007-#1 3. If You're Reading This-2007-#3 4. Do You Want Fries With That-2005-#5 5. Unbroken-2002-#1 6. Angry All The Time-2001-#1 7. Suspicions-2008-#12 8. Find Out Who Your Friends Are-with Tracy Lawrence-2007-#1 9. Let It Go-2008-#2 10. Real Good Man-2003-#1 11. Nine Lives-with Def Leppard-2008 When the CD was released, McGraw issued the following statement: "I am saddened and disappointed that my label chose to put out another hits album instead of new music. I've only had one studio album since my last hits package. It has to be just as confusing to the fans as it is to me. I had no involvement in the creation or presentation of this record. Sure, I love the songs, and I don't want to take anything away from all the creative people who were a part of making those records. But the whole concept is an embarrassment to me as an artist. In the spirit of an election year, I would simply say to my fans, 'I'm Tim McGraw, and I don't approve their message'." McGraw's next release, Southern Voice was released a year ago. Three major hits were released and three major events happened with each release: 1. It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You-2009-#13-Billboard declares McGraw's Something Like That to be country music's most played song during the 2000s. 2. Southern Voice-2010-#1-Billboard declares McGraw as the most played artist in ANY genre of music during the 2000s (almost eight million spins of his records). 3. Still-2010-#16-Curb Records announces a chart topping hits CD for release during the last quarter of this year. The big question surrounding McGraw is this: Will Number One Hits be the last CD he will release for Curb, or will we be treated to a fifth survey of his hits in 2012? Only time will tell! This is what the chart looked like back then (or when):
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 25, 2008: 1. GREATEST HITS 3-TIM MCGRAW-CURB 2. Love On The Inside-Sugarland-Mercury 3. Learn To Live-Darius Rucker-Capitol 4. Kellie Pickler-Kellie Pickler-BNA 5. Taylor Swift-Taylor Swift-Big Machine 6. NOW That's What I Call Country-Various Artists-UMG 7. Goin' All Out-Dan Evans-Executive 8. Carnival Ride-Carrie Underwood-Arista 9. Joy To The World-Faith Hill-Warner Bros. 10. That Lonesome Song-Jamey Johnson-Mercury
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1. DARIUS' SONG: Darius Rucker extends his rule on the country chart for another week as Come Back Song remains at #1. He has now spent eight weeks at #1 with his four chart toppers. The songs and weeks at #1 are: 1. Don't Think I Don't Think About It-2008-2 2. It Won't be Like This For Long-2009-3-chart wise, his biggest hit 3. Alright-2009-1 4. Come Back Song-2010-2 so far 2. HER 60TH: Reba McEntire celebrates a milestone this week as Turn On The Radio (at #10 this week) becomes her 60th top ten hit. That is a first for female artists. Her first was back in 1980 with You Lift Me Up To Heaven (#8). Since her hit list is way too long, let us list her every tenth top ten hit: 10th: Have I Got A Deal For You-1985-#6 20th: Sunday Kind Of Love-1988-#5 30th: Fallin' Out Of Love-1991-#2 40th: Till You Love Me-1995-#2 50th: One Honest Heart-1999-#7 60th: Turn On The Radio-2010-#10 so far The top five female artists to score the most top tens looks like this: 1. Reba McEntire-60-1980-2010 2. Dolly Parton-55-1968-2006 3. Loretta Lynn-51-1962-1982 4. Tanya Tucker-40-1972-1997 5. Tammy Wynette-39-1967-1985 3. DON WILLIAMS IS BACK, SORT OF: Don Williams could not make the formal ceremony inducting him into the Country Music Hall of Fame for health reasons, but one of his hits is making a comeback on the charts. Josh Turner debuts at #56 this week with I Wouldn't Be A Man (#9 for Williams in 1988). It is the third time the song is charting as Billy Dean's version peaked at #45 in early 1997. 4. CHESNEY'S GOING SOMEWHERE FAST: Kenny Chesney has the fastest climbing single this week as Somewhere With You takes a 12 notch jump to #23. 5. AN 80S LOOK PART II: These were the top selling albums during the first week of November during the 1980s: 1980: Honeysuckle Rose-Soundtrack-Columbia 1981: Feels So Right-Alabama-RCA 1982: Always On My Mind-Willie Nelson-Columbia 1983: Eyes That See In The Dark-Kenny Rogers-RCA 1984: City Of New Orleans-Willie Nelson-Columbia 1985: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2-Ronnie Milsap-RCA 1986: Guitar Town-Steve Earle-MCA 1987: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2-George Strait-MCA 1988: Loving Proof-Ricky Van Shelton-Columbia 1989: No Holdin' Back-Randy Travis-Warner Bros. 6. THEIR TEN BIGGEST: From Conlee to Conley. Earl Thomas, that is. These are his ten biggest hits. Number of weeks at #1 are first and then number of weeks in the top 40 are second. 1. Nobody Falls Like A Fool-1985-1-15 2. Love Out Loud-1989-1-15 3. We Believe In Happy Endings-with Emmylou Harris-1988-1-15 4. Fire & Smoke-1981-1-14 5. Once In A Blue Moon-1986-1-14 6. What I'd Say-1989-1-14 7. Holding Her And Loving You-1983-1-14 8. Chance Of Lovin' You-1984-1-14 9. Right From The Start-1987-1-14 10. Angel In Disguise-1984-1-13 7. THE YEAR'S BIGGEST: These are the ten biggest hits of 2005 according to the American Country Countdown: 1. That's What I Love About Sunday-Craig Morgan-Broken Bow 2. As Good As I Once Was-Toby Keith-Dreamworks 3. Bless The Broken Road-Rascal Flatts-Lyric Street 4. Something More-Sugarland-Mercury 5. Fast Cars And Freedom-Rascal Flatts-Lyric Street 6. Nothin' To Lose-Josh Gracin-Lyric Street 7. Baby Girl-Sugarland-Mercury 8. Making Memories Of Us-Keith Urban-Capitol 9. Mississippi Girl-Faith Hill-Warner Bros. 10. Gone-Montgomery Gentry-Columbia 8. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: Reba McEntire had her greatest success with MCA Records between 1983-2008. Ten years into her MCA tenure, she enjoyed a #1 hit (with Linda Davis) on Does He Love You 17 years ago this week. The CD where that song came from was her second set of greatest hits for MCA (and third to date). By the time MCA released Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, McEntire racked up 31 major hits, 29 top tens, and 15 #1s for the label. Her star was on the rise in 1984 when she won her first C.M.A. Award for Female Vocalist (an award she would win three more times). She also hit the top ten on a regular basis (between 1985's How Blue-#1 to 1992's Is There Life Out There-#1-a grand total of 24 consecutive top tens). Then she released the Whoever's In New England CD (her first platinum disc) in 1986 and she scored her first classics (both #1): the title track and Little Rock. During the chart run of Rock, she became the fourth female to win the C.M.A. Entertainer of the Year (Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Barbara Mandrell before McEntire). She became country music's top female artist between the second half of the 1980s and first half of the 1990s. Her personal life was picking up as well. She married for the second time in 1989 to her manager, Narvel Blackstock. They became parents in 1990 (my God, Shelby turned 20 this year!). She continued to be a top draw on the concert trail. In 1990, she released the Rumor Has It CD. Four top tens followed: 1. You Lie-1990-#1 2. Rumor Has It-1991-#3 3. Fancy-1991-#8 4. Fallin' Out Of Love-1991-#2 Just as title #3 entered the top 40, she lost her tour manager and seven members of her band in a plane crash in March, 1991. She laid low for awhile, but dedicated her next CD to her band. It was called For My Broken Heart. The hits: 1. For My Broken Heart-1991-#1 2. Is There Life Out There-1992-#1 3. The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia-1992-#12 4. The Greatest Man I Never Knew-1992-#3 She continued her winning ways with the It's Your Call CD: 1. Take It Back-1993-#5 2. The Heart Won't Lie-with Vince Gill-#1 3. It's Your Call-1993-#5 Then MCA released her second survey of hits (the first one was in 1987). The track listing is: 1. Does He Love You-with Linda Davis-1993-#1 2. You Lie-1990-#1 3. Fancy-1991-#8 4. For My Broken Heart-1991-#1 5. Love Will Find Its Way To You-1988-#1 6. They Asked About You-1994-#7 7. Is There Life Out There-1992-#1 8. Rumor Has It-1991-#3 9. Walk On-1990-#2 10. The Greatest Man I Never Knew-1992-#3 Title #1 was released in August, 1993 and made its way to #1 in November (becoming McEntire's 19th chart topper and Davis' ONLY top ten). It became the ONLY female duet to hit #1. McEntire also became the first artist since Kenny Rogers ten years earlier to have two #1 duets with different artists in the same year: Rogers-We've Got Tonight with Sheena Easton and Islands In The Stream with Dolly Parton in 1983 McEntire-The Heart Won't Lie with Vince Gill and Does He Love You with Linda Davis in 1993 The song received a boost when McEntire and Davis sang it live at the C.M.A. Awards. What was more significant was the red dress that was worn by McEntire. It was very shear and the sequins that were on it barely covered what should have been covered. McEntire received a ton of press for it. During the chart run of title #6, McEntire and Davis won the Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration while at the 1994 C.M.A.s, they won for Vocal Event of the Year. 1994 saw McEntire win the Entertainer of the Year Award from the A.C.M.. Ten years after the original, McEntire found a new duet partner for the song: Kelly Clarkson. They performed the song a ton of times for a worldwide tour called Two Worlds Two Voices Tour. McEntire reciprocated by redoing the Clarkson hit Because Of You (#2 in 2007). This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 6, 1993: 1. DOES HE LOVE YOU-REBA MCENTIRE AND LINDA DAVIS-MCA 2. Easy Come, Easy Go-George Strait-MCA 3. She Used To Be Mine-Brooks & Dunn-Arista 4. Almost Goodbye-Mark Chesnutt-MCA 5. Just Like The Weather-Suzy Bogguss-Capitol 6. Reckless-Alabama-RCA 7. That Was A River-Collin Raye-Epic 8. No Time To Kill-Clint Black-RCA 9. Mercury Blues-Alan Jackson-Arista 10. Half Enough-Lorrie Morgan-BNA
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1. 1.04 MILLION FANS CAN'T BE WRONG: We do have to start with the big news from the past week. Taylor Swift's third CD, Speak Now had opening sales of over a million last week. Her last CD, Fearless started with 592K in sales. That is a 176% jump in sales. She does finish second to the Double Live CD by Garth Brooks from 1998 (she needed to sell another 40,000 to tie him). 2. WALKING AWAY TO #1: Two Georgia-based acts are making history this week. They are the Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson. The song is As She's Walking Away. For the Z.B.B.: 1. It becomes their fifth chart topping hit. They become the 113th artist in history to have that many. They are: 1. Chicken Fried-2008 2. Toes-2009 3. Highway 20 Ride-2010 4. Free-2010 5. As She's Walking Away-with Alan Jackson-2010 2. They are batting 83% with their singles becoming #1 hits. Only Whatever It Is (#2 in 2009) missed the top. 3. They become the first act in 2010 to score three #1 hits. Only Keith Urban had three #1 hits in 2009 (Start A Band with Brad Paisley, Sweet Thing, and Only You Can Love Me This Way). For A.J.: 1. It becomes his 26th #1 hit, pushing him past Dolly Parton for the most #1 hits for eighth place. The last time we had movement in the top ten is when Reba McEntire collected her 24th #1 with Consider Me Gone (2010) to land her at #10. 2. It becomes the first chart topper for Jackson on the Atlantic label. His first 25 are on Arista Records. 3. It gives Jackson a 59th week at #1, pushing him past Jim Reeves who spent 58 weeks at #1. Jackson is currently in 11th place with the most time at #1. 4. Jackson becomes the second artist from the Class of 1989 to have #1s in three consecutive decades (1990s, 2000s, and 2010s). Garth Brooks had #1s in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. For both: 1. 2010 marks the third consecutive year that they have had #1 hits. I have already detailed Zac Brown's #1s. For Jackson: 1. Small Town Southern Man-2008 2. Good Time-2008 3. Country Boy-2009 4. As She's Walking Away-with the Zac Brown Band-2010 3. TURNER'S MOVE: Josh Turner has the fastest climbing song of the week. He goes up six to #50 with I Wouldn't Be A Man. 4. THE ORIGINAL IS BACK: Kelly Clarkson, the first American Idol winner is on the country charts for the third time as she debuts with Jason Aldean at #59 with Don't You Wanna Stay. Her first time on the charts was back in 2002 with A Moment Like This. Her second time was in 2007 when she scored her biggest hit, Because Of You (#2 with Reba McEntire). Aldean is at #10 with My Kinda Party. 5. C.M.A. WISHES: I want to say good luck to all of the nominees at this year's C.M.A. Awards and congratulations to all of the winners. 6. REMEMBER OUR VETERANS: Need I say more? 7. THE #1S FROM YESTERDAY: These were the chart topping hits from 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, and 1985: 2005: Better Life-Keith Urban-Capitol 2000: The Little Girl-John Michael Montgomery-Atlantic 1995: Check Yes Or No-George Strait-MCA 1990: Home-Joe Diffie-Epic 1985: Hang On To Your Heart-Exile-Epic 8. THEIR ELEVEN BIGGEST-BROTHERS AND SISTERS EDITION: The Gatlin Brothers and the Forester Sisters had major hits between them from the 1970s to the 1990s. These are their biggest hits. Weeks at #1 or #2 are first while weeks in the top 40 are second. G.B.: 1. Houston Means I'm One Day Closer To You-1983-2-15 2. All The Gold In California-1979-2-10 3. I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love-1978-1-11 4. Night Time Magic-1978-2-10 (#2) 5. She Used To Be Somebody's Baby-1986-1-14 (#2) F.S.: 1. Mama's Never Seen Those Eyes-1986-1-15 2. Too Much Is Not Enough-with the Bellamy Bros.-1986-1-15 3. I Fell In Love Again Last Night-1985-1-14 4. You Again-1987-1-14 5. Just In Case-1986-1-13 6. Lonely Alone-1986-2-15 (#2) 9. THE YEAR'S BIGGEST: These are the ten biggest hits of 2006 according to the American Country Countdown: 1. If You're Going Through Hell Before The Devil Even Knows-Rodney Atkins-Curb 2. The World-Brad Paisley-Arista 3. Summertime-Kenny Chesney-BNA 4. What Hurts The Most-Rascal Flatts-Lyric Street 5. Jesus, Take The Wheel-Carrie Underwood-Arista 6. Would You Go With Me-Josh Turner-MCA 7. Tonight I Wanna Cry-Keith Urban-Capitol 8. Leave The Pieces-The Wreckers-Maverick 9. Who Says You Can't Go Home-Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles-Island 10. Why-Jason Aldean-Broken Bow 10. MILESTONE TOP TEN CHART: The question of the day is: Were they too country for pop or too pop for country? When you are talking about Restless Heart, that would be a toss up. However, what is NOT in dispute is that this week marks the 24th anniversary of their first #1, That Rock Won't Roll. You can say R.H. was a 'manufactured band'. That is, they were put together by Tim DuBois (their producer). The group consists of: 1. Larry Stewart (lead vocals, guitar, and keyboards) 2. Dave Innis (guitar and keyboards) 3. Greg Jennings (guitar) 4. Paul Gregg (bass) 5. John Dittrich (drums) They were signed to RCA Records in 1984 and issued their self-titled debut CD in 1985 (believe it or not, all songs on that CD were rejected by Alabama). It was a success with these hits: 1. Let The Heartache Ride-1985-#23 2. I Want Everyone To Cry-1985-#10 3. Back To The Heartbreak Kid-1986-#7 4. Til I Loved You-1986-#10 During 1986, they went to work on the Wheels CD (the title track was first recorded by the Bellamy Bros. for their 1985 CD Howard & David). Four chart toppers followed: 1. That Rock Won't Roll-1986 2. I'll Still Be Loving You-1987-#33 pop and #3 A.C. 3. Why Does It Have To Be Wrong Or Right-1987-#11 A.C. 4. Wheels-1988 During the chart run of title #4, Wheels became their first gold record. Their 1988 CD, Big Dreams In A Small Town continued their winning ways in 1988 and 1989: 1. The Bluest Eyes In Texas-1988-#1 2. A Tender Lie-1988-#1 3. Big Dreams In A Small Town-1989-#3 4. Say What's In Your Heart-1989-#4 During the chart run of title #3, they won the Vocal Group of the Year from the A.C.M.. Thanks to the New Traditionalist Movement and the Class of 1989, Restless Heart started to fall out of favor in 1990, the year they released their Fast Movin' Train CD. Its hits: 1. Fast Movin' Train-1990-#4 2. Dancy's Dream-1990-#5 3. When Somebody Loves You-1990-#21 4. Long Lost Friend-1991-#16 Then they released their first greatest hits CD (The Best Of Restless Heart) and a major hit came their way in You Can Depend On Me (#3 in 1992). That year saw the group shrink to a quartet when lead singer Stewart went solo and scored a major hit the following year in Alright Already (#5 in 1993). Getting back to R.H., they released the Big Iron Horses CD, which yielded the following hits: 1. When She Cries-1992-#9 country, #11 pop, and #2 A.C. 2. Mending Fences-1993-#13 country 3. We Got The Love-1993-#11 country In the middle of the Horses era, two major events happened: 1. Innis left the group, shrinking it to a trio. 2. They scored their ONLY #1 A.C. hit, Tell Me What You Dream with Warren Hill (ironically, that did NOT chart country). They disbanded the following year after ten years together. 1996 was the year Dittrich formed The Buffalo Club that scored only one major hit (If She Don't Love You-#9 in 1997). 1998 saw four of them coming back (minus Innis) for a greatest hits CD. A new recording, No End To This Road became their first top 40 hit in five years (#33). They went their separate ways again for another four year time period. They ALL got back together in 2002. Two years later, they signed to Koch Records where they scored a top 40 hit in Feel My Way To You (#29 in 2004). The following year, Koch closed shop leaving R.H. without a label. More recently, R.H. released a live CD through their website called 25 And Live celebrating their silver anniversary in the business. This is what the chart looked like back then:
BILLBOARD TOP TEN FOR WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 15, 1986: 1. THAT ROCK WON'T ROLL-RESTLESS HEART-RCA 2. You're Still New To Me-Marie Osmond and Paul Davis-Capitol 3. She Used To Be Somebody's Baby-Gatlin Bros.-Columbia 4. Touch Me When We're Dancing-Alabama-RCA 5. At The Sound Of The Tone-John Schneider-MCA 6. It Ain't Cool To Be Crazy About You-George Strait-MCA 7. No One Mends A Broken Heart Like You-Barbara Mandrell-MCA 8. Hell And High Water-T. Graham Brown-Capitol 9. Too Much Is Not Enough-Bellamy Bros. and Forester Sisters-MCA 10. Honky Tonk Crowd-John Anderson-Warner Bros.
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