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Week ending 8/18/18: #1 singles this week in country music history

1958:  Guess Things Happen That Way / Come In Stranger — Johnny Cash (Sun)

1958 (Disk Jockeys): Alone With You — Faron Young (Capitol)

1968: Heaven Says Hello — Sonny James (Capitol)

1978: Talking In Your Sleep — Crystal Gayle (United Artists)

1988: Bluest Eyes In Texas — Restless Heart (RCA)

1998: There’s Your Trouble — Dixie Chicks (Monument)

2008: All I Want To Do — Sugarland (Mercury Nashville)

2018: Meant To Be — Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line (Big Machine)

2018: Mercy — Brett Young (Big Machine)

5 responses to “Week ending 8/18/18: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Jman Burnett August 19, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    As with last week, if the #1 single on the first 2018 chart is going to stay that way for so danged long (heck, it’ll probably stay there for the rest of the decade), they should just drop the first chart altogether.

    As for the other songs… I’m no Crystal Gayle fan, but I’d rather listen to “Talking in Your Sleep” than “Meant to Be” – at least the former was cut by an artist of considerable talent. Same with the Restless Heart record. And the 1958 charts were just as bland this week as in 2018, too – but at least Johnny Cash wasn’t atop it for all of ’58.

  2. Paul W Dennis August 20, 2018 at 6:15 am

    I have difficulty conceiving Faron Young’s “Alone With You” as being bland. Faron was one of the most distinctive vocalists that the genre has ever produced

    • Jman Burnett August 20, 2018 at 9:31 am

      I wasn’t talking about the music – I was talking about how the song at the #1 spot wouldn’t change for weeks on 1958, much like now. I heard the Young song literally once, on a Time-Life compilation I borrowed from a library, and I think I liked it.

      • Ken August 21, 2018 at 9:21 am

        Charts are a reflection of song popularity. You may take issue with chart methodology but it is a snapshot in time of what the public is requesting & purchasing. When a song holds the #1 position for multiple weeks it’s not a function of anyone’s opinion rather it’s a result of the data compiled for that ranking. For a song to sustain the #1 position for multiple weeks it must have a significant constituency.

        I wouldn’t consider a music chart to be “bland.” However the MUSIC on that chart could be considered “bland” in the opinion of some listeners.

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