My Kind of Country

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Week ending 9/29/18: #1 singles this week in country music history

1958: Bird Dog / Devoted To You — Everly Brothers (Cadence)

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

1968: Harper Valley P.T.A. — Jeannie C. Riley (Plantation)

1978: Heartbreaker — Dolly Parton (RCA)

1988: We Believe In Happy Endings — Earl Thomas Conley and Emmylou Harris (RCA)

1998: How Long Gone — Brooks & Dunn (Arista Nashville)

2008: Do You Believe Me Now? — Jimmy Wayne (Valory Music Group)

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

2018 (Airplay): Hotel Key — Old Dominion (RCA)

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4 responses to “Week ending 9/29/18: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Jman Burnett September 30, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Montony in 1958 and 2018, nothing on Airplay for the second straight week… that does it, I’m never reading these chart flashbacks again.

    • Ken September 30, 2018 at 1:10 pm

      You completely miss the point of music charts. The purpose of the charts is not to reflect VARIETY they are there to reflect REALITY. Charts are based upon specific criteria gathered to reflect airplay and/or sales. If a recording continues to have significant radio spins due to listener demand and/or strong sales a song will maintain the #1 chart position. Songs that develop a big constituency stay at the top for an extended period. The average listener is not a musicologist constantly searching for new songs. Most folks find a new song they like and want to hear it frequently until a new favorite replaces it. The time frame for that to happen varies. You should also realize that many folks come late to the party and discover a song only after it has been around for a few months. Sometimes it takes repeated plays before a listener will even notice a song. Your perception of songs is not that of the average listener.

      Even though the #1 song may hold that position for multiple weeks there usually is an ebb and flow of other songs into and out of the top 10. That demonstrates that although other songs may attain significant popularity there is exceptional demand driving that #1 song to keep it at the top.

      If the only reason you read these chart flashbacks is to complain about them then indeed your time is best spent elsewhere. Arguing with reality makes no sense.

    • Jman Burnett October 2, 2018 at 9:28 pm

      That’s not why I read these. I just like to see things shaken up, and at least we had more of that in 1958 than we do now.

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