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Week ending 1/2/10: #1 singles this week in country music history

1950: Mule Train — Tennessee Ernie Ford (Capitol)

1960: El Paso — Marty Robbins (Columbia)

1970: Baby, Baby (I Know You’re A Lady) — David Houston (Epic)

1980: Happy Birthday, Darlin’ — Conway Twitty (MCA)

1990: Who’s Lonely Now – Highway 101 (Warner Bros).

2000: Breathe — Faith Hill (Warner Bros.)

2010: Consider Me Gone — Reba McEntire (Starstruck/Valory)

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One response to “Week ending 1/2/10: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Michael January 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    While this is far from my favorite Reba song, I do think it is her strongest single in at least five years and I’m always happy to see her at #1, especially considering that she is the first solo female to hit the top of the country singles chart other than Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, who have racked up a combined 12 #1s (8 for Carrie, 4 for Taylor), since Sara Evans and “Real Fine Place” in 2005. If you’ll indulge me, some additonal chart trivia:
    This is Reba’s 23rd number one hit, inching closer to Dolly Parton’s record 25 chart toppers – the most for a female artist. This is also her first solo number one to top the charts for more than one week since 1992’s “Is There Life Out There”. I’m not sure if she’s ever had a number one hit for three weeks in a row.
    Reba has now charted a Top 40 hit in 5 different decades (the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s and 10s). Only 10 other acts have achieved this including George Jones who has had a Top 40 hit in 6 different decades: Eddy Arnold, Hank Thompson, Ernest Tubb, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and Hank Jr.
    Moreover, she has now had a #1 hit in 4 decades, a feat only accomplished by Jones, Parton (if you include her 2006 collaboration with Brad Paisley) and Cash (if you count 1985’s “Highwayman”).
    She now has a 27 year span between her first and most recent #1 hit, placing her between Willie Nelson’s 27 year, 9 month span between 1975’s “Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain” and 2003’s “Beer for My Horses” and George Strait’s 26 year, 7 month span between “Fool Hearted Memory” and “River of Love”. The longest spans are Dolly’s 35 years and 1 month between “Joshua” and “When I Get Where I’m Going” and Johnny Cash’s 29 year, 1 month span between 1956’s “I Walk the Line” and 1985’s “Highwayman”.
    And finally, at 54 years and 9 months old, Reba is now the oldest female with a solo #1 hit. (Dolly was 60 years, one month and 14 days old when “When I Get Where I’m Going” reached number one on March 04, 2006).
    Whew!

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