Special Report

Country Musicians With the Most Hits

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32. Eddy Arnold
> Total songs on Hot Country Songs chart: 59
> Longest-charting hit: What’s He Doing In My World (25 weeks)

Eddy Arnold took cowboy music and gave it a sleek sound that appealed to the masses, helping take the genre mainstream. Of his 59 songs to appear on the Hot Country Songs chart, seven hit No. 1, including “Make The World Go Away” and “What’s He Doing In My World.” Though the majority of Arnold’s hits charted during the 1960s, he continued to release popular singles through the 1970s and even the early ’80s. His last song to appear on Billboard’s country songs chart was “To Life,” which peaked at No. 49 after RCA re-released it as a single following the singer’s death in 2008.

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31. Faron Young
> Total songs on Hot Country Songs chart: 59
> Longest-charting hit: Country Girl (32 weeks)

Faron Young grew up on a dairy farm in Shreveport, Louisiana. He learned to play guitar and eventually became one of the famous honky-tonk practitioners of country music. Young’s career took off after he was discharged from the Army in 1954 and made frequent appearances at the Grand Ole Opry. Young had three No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs list — “Country Girl,” “It’s Four in the Morning,” and “Hello Walls.” The latter was written by Willie Nelson and was Young’s biggest crossover hit, reaching No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961.

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30. The Statler Brothers
> Total songs on Hot Country Songs chart: 60
> Longest-charting hit: Flowers On The Wall (27 weeks)

The Statler Brothers, who weren’t actual brothers, recorded religious and inspirational songs besides country music. They got their big break when they were asked to tour with Johnny Cash. They toured with the Man in Black from 1963 to 1971. The Statler Brothers released 33 country Top 10 hits, including four No. 1 songs on the Hot Country Songs chart, including “Too Much On My Heart” and “Elizabeth.” Their biggest single on the Billboard Hot 100 was “Flowers on the Wall,” which rose to No. 4 in August of 1966. Over the years, illnesses and death caused changes in the lineup, and they finally retired in 2002.

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29. Garth Brooks
> Total songs on Hot Country Songs chart: 60
> Longest-charting hit: Dive Bar (35 weeks)

Garth Brooks succeeded in bringing country music to a new and larger audience by merging traditional country music with the theatrics of arena rock and roll. Brooks created a new level of country popularity in 1991 with his second album “No Fences,” and he followed that success with the precedent-setting “Ropin’ the Wind,” the first country album to debut at the top of the Billboard 200. Brooks became a hit-making conveyor belt with 19 chart-toppers, starting with “If Tomorrow Never Comes” in 1989. The “No Fences” record produced four No.1’s — “Friends In Low Places,” “Unanswered Prayers,” “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House,” and “The Thunder Rolls.”

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28. Don Gibson
> Total songs on Hot Country Songs chart: 61
> Longest-charting hit: Sea Of Heartbreak (26 weeks)

Don Gibson was a well-respected country singer from Shelby, North Carolina, whose songs about heartbreak were covered by a variety of artists, including Patsy Cline, Ray Charles, Emmylou Harris, and Neil Young. Gibson churned out 14 Hot Country Songs from 1958 through 1961, including “I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You,” “Blue Blue Day,” and “Lonesome Number One.” He notched his lone country No. 1, “Woman (Sensuous Woman),” in 1972. “Sea Of Heartbreak” was his biggest crossover success, reaching No. 21 in August 1961.

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