Special Report

Country Musicians With the Most Hits

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22. Tammy Wynette
> Total songs on Hot Country Songs chart: 65
> Longest-charting hit: Stand By Your Man (21 weeks)

Known as the First Lady of Country Music, Tammy Wynette was among the genre’s most popular singers throughout the 1970s. She had a total of 20 No. 1 hits during her career, including “I Don’t Wanna Play House,” “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” and — perhaps her best known song — “Stand By Your Man,” which spent a total of 22 weeks on the country charts. Wynette also released nine albums with country crooner George Jones, producing major hits such as “Golden Ring” and “We’re Gonna Hold On.”

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21. Alabama
> Total songs on Hot Country Songs chart: 65
> Longest-charting hit: Southern Star (25 weeks)

Country-rock band Alabama are one of the few major hit-makers of the genre to market themselves as a group rather than a vocalist. The band has had 33 No. 1 country singles, including “High Cotton,” “Song of the South,” and “Mountain Music.” The band has reportedly sold 73 million albums and continues to tour.

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20. Ray Price
> Total songs on Hot Country Songs chart: 66
> Longest-charting hit: Heartaches By The Number (40 weeks)

Ray Price redefined country music with a relentlessly rhythmic sound that is still called the “Ray Price beat.” Price had six chart-toppers on the Hot Country Songs chart and sang some of the most recognizable songs in country music, such as “City Lights,” which went to No. 1 in 1958, “The Same Old Me,” in 1959, and “For the Good Times/Grazin’ in Greener Pastures,” a country No. 1 in 1971 that reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

A native of Perryville, Texas, the Grammy winner’s later career included collaborations with Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard and spanned from the early 2000s until his death in 2013. His final album, “Beauty Is… The Final Sessions,” was released posthumously in 2014.

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19. Alan Jackson
> Total songs on Hot Country Songs chart: 67
> Longest-charting hit: Drive (For Daddy Gene) (30 weeks)

Despite his reputation for shunning the spotlight, Alan Jackson has obtained superstardom in the world of country music with 67 songs reaching the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart’s Top 50, 51 of which entered the Top 10. Jackson began his career working in the new traditionalist style and scored a string of No. 1 hits in 1991 with “I’d Love You All Over Again,” “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” and “Someday.” His longest-charting single, “Drive (For Daddy Gene),” stayed on the charts for 31 weeks in 2002.

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18. Blake Shelton
> Total songs on Hot Country Songs chart: 67
> Longest-charting hit: Nobody But Me (33 weeks)

Blake Shelton’s breezy demeanor helped him gain crossover appeal as well landing him a gig as a judge on the musical competition television show “The Voice.” Shelton played the bar circuit in his native Oklahoma before going to Nashville in the 1990s. He got the attention of noteworthy songwriter Bobby Braddock, thus putting him on the trajectory to fame. Shelton scored the first of his 14 Hot Country Songs chart-toppers in 2001 with “Austin.” Other No.1 hits include “Some Beach,” “Home,” and the recently released “God’s Country.”

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