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Week ending 4/16/16: #1 singles this week in country music history

tammy-wynette1956 (Sales): Heartbreak Hotel/I Was The One — Elvis Presley (RCA)

1956 (Jukebox): Blue Suede Shoes — Carl Perkins (Sun)

1956 (Disc Jockeys): Heartbreak Hotel — Elvis Presley (RCA)

1966: I Want To Go With You — Eddy Arnold (RCA)

1976: ‘Til I Can Make It On My Own — Tammy Wynette (Epic)

1986: She and I — Alabama (RCA)

1996: No News — Lonestar (BNA)

2006: What Hurts the Most — Rascal Flatts (Lyric Street)

2016: You Should Be Here — Cole Swindell (Warner Bros.)

2016 (Airplay): You Should Be Here — Cole Swindell (Warner Bros.)

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4 responses to “Week ending 4/16/16: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Occasional Hope April 17, 2016 at 11:23 am

    1976 is my favourite year this week – that’s a wonderful song.

  2. Ken April 17, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    “She And I” was one of the most musically adventurous singles that Alabama had released up to that point. Many of their uptempo singles had a harder edge than most of mainstream country music at the time. But this release pushed their sound entirely into the pop/rock realm. The electronic drum effects created a beat-driven song initially resisted by some radio programmers. There were concerns that it was outside of the bounds of the format and might not be accepted by their listeners. But because Alabama had become such a major force in country music with 18 consecutive #1 hits most stations ultimately added it to their playlists. The popularity of the song was helped by Alabama’s younger fans and new converts to country music that had pop/rock sensibilities. RCA hedged their bets by editing and remixing the original 5:16 version released on Alabama’s first Greatest Hits album down to 3:33 for the single release.

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