Country Artists' #1 Singles

October 15, 2016

After a radio DJ mentioned Tim McGraw's 24 number one singles on the Country Hot List, I wondered how many artists were on the list. As of this date, the number is 365, with 156 of those making it just once.

Then I got really curious, wondering which artists had 10 or more hits. 57 are in that list. A lot of the names in the list are expected but I was surprised by two things. First, I'd never heard of about ten of the artists. I don't claim to be a country music expert but ten #1 singles is a lot. Makes me wonder how I missed them. Second, some of the top artists from the last 15 years didn't make my 10 or more list. Some of these artists are young, with the distinct possibility of moving up the list, but others I thought would be there just because of how often I hear their music on country radio. I get a lot more of the artists I expected, like Taylor Swift, The Zac Brown Band, Jason Aldean, or Faith Hill, if the list is expanded to seven or more.

Anyway, here's the list, with the extraordinary George Strait and Conway Twitty topping it off.

Artist#1 Singles
George Strait 44
Conway Twitty 40
Merle Haggard 38
Ronnie Milsap 35
Alabama 33
Dolly Parton 31
Charley Pride 29
Eddy Arnold 28
Alan Jackson 25
Reba McEntire 25
Tim McGraw 24
Kenny Chesney 23
Sonny James 23
Willie Nelson 21
Buck Owens 21
Kenny Rogers 21
Brooks & Dunn 20
Toby Keith 20
Tammy Wynette 20
Garth Brooks 19
Earl Thomas Conley 18
Crystal Gayle 18
Brad Paisley 18
Mickey Gilley 17
The Oak Ridge Boys 17
Eddie Rabbitt 17
Don Williams 17
Loretta Lynn 16
Marty Robbins 16
Randy Travis 16
Waylon Jennings 15
The Judds 14
T. G. Sheppard 14
Keith Urban 14
Clint Black 13
Johnny Cash 13
George Jones 13
Webb Pierce 13
Blake Shelton 13
Carrie Underwood 13
Rascal Flatts 12
Dierks Bentley 11
Luke Bryan 11
Rosanne Cash 11
Elvis Presley 11
Jim Reeves 11
Dan Seals 11
Ricky Skaggs 11
Hank Williams 11
The Bellamy Brothers 10
Exile 10
Red Foley 10
Anne Murray 10
Ricky Van Shelton 10
Tanya Tucker 10
Steve Wariner 10
Hank Williams, Jr. 10

 

My source for this list is the Wikipedia article List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. country chart. I take no responsibility for errors.