7. Conway Twitty
> Total songs on Hot Country Songs chart: 92
> Longest-charting hit: Hello Darlin’ (19 weeks)
Nashville staple Conway Twitty had an astounding 75 Top 10 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart throughout his career, 40 of which hit No. 1. Having started his musical career during the 1950s, Twitty enjoyed a fresh jolt of popularity during the ’70s following a musical relationship with beloved singer Loretta Lynn. He would continue to release popular songs into the 1990s (“Crazy In Love” hit No. 2 in 1990 and “I Couldn’t See You Leavin'” reached No. 3 in 1991) up to his death from an abdominal aneurysm in 1993.
6. Dolly Parton
> Total songs on Hot Country Songs chart: 93
> Longest-charting hit: Yellow Roses (21 weeks)
Dolly Parton has released 93 songs to the Hot Country Songs chart’s Top 50, 54 of which reached the Top 10, and 25 of which hit No. 1. Among her biggest hits are “Jolene,” “Think About Love,” and her duet with Kenny Rogers, “Islands in the Stream.” The Tennessee-born Parton is not only a singer, however. The highly prolific artist has written more than 700 songs for both herself and others throughout her career.
5. Reba McEntire
> Total songs on Hot Country Songs chart: 94
> Longest-charting hit: Somebody (31 weeks)
Reba McEntire was one of country music’s biggest stars during the 1980s, a decade during which she released 14 studio albums. While this period produced many of her biggest hits — including “Consider Me Gone,” “Whoever’s In New England,” and “Little Rock” — she has continued releasing hugely popular singles in the years since, including the chart-topping track “Somebody” in 2004, which stayed on the Hot Country Songs chart for a total of 32 weeks. Out of McEntire’s 94 songs to reach the chart, 59 reached the Top 10, and 24 hit No. 1.
4. Johnny Cash
> Total songs on Hot Country Songs chart: 95
> Longest-charting hit: Ring Of Fire (26 weeks)
The Man in Black is one of country music’s most widely recognized superstars thanks to his late-career resurgence and the 2005 musical biopic “Walk the Line,” in which the singer is portrayed by actor Joaquin Phoenix. The singer who has come to represent a certain brand of rebelliousness had a massive career dating back to the 1950s, over which time he had 40 Top 10 hits and nine chart-toppers. Among his most memorable singles are “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” and “Ring of Fire,” which was co-written by his wife June Carter.
3. Merle Haggard
> Total songs on Hot Country Songs chart: 96
> Longest-charting hit: Swinging Doors (27 weeks)
More than one-third (or 38) of the 96 songs by Bakersfield legend Merle Haggard to appear on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart reached No. 1. Among these are the beloved country anthems “Mama Tried,” “Okie From Muskogee,” and “Fightin’ Side of Me” — all No. 1 hits. Haggard — who migrated to California from Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl, rode the rails as a youth, and served time in prison — is remembered for his songs about the common man.
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