Ask “Mr. Music”
Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: How many country stars have at least 20 No. 1 hits to their credit? Also, can you name their song, or songs, that remained No. 1 the longest?
—Sheryl Flores, Grapevine, Texas

DEAR SHERYL: According to Joel Whitburn's "Hot Country Songs: 1944-2012," based on Billboard's Country Singles charts, here are the 19 artists with 20 or more No. 1 hits:

1. George Strait (44)
"Love Without End, Amen" (five weeks)
"I've Come to Expect It From You" (five weeks)
"One Night at a Time" (five weeks)

2. Conway Twitty (40)
"Hello Darlin'" (four weeks)

3. Merle Haggard (38)
"Mama Tried" (four weeks)
"Okie From Muskogee" (four weeks)
"If We Make It Through December" (four weeks)

4. Ronnie Milsap (35)
"It Was Almost Like a Song" (three weeks)
"Only One Love in My Life" (three weeks)
"My Heart" (three weeks)

5. Alabama (33)
"Jukebox in My Mind" (four weeks)

6. Charley Pride (29)
"Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" (five weeks)

7. Eddy Arnold (28)
"I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)" (21 weeks)

8. Dolly Parton (25)
"Here You Come Again" (five weeks)

9. Alan Jackson (25)
"Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" (five weeks)

10. Reba McEntire (24)
"Consider Me Gone" (four weeks)

11. Tim McGraw (24)
"Live LIke You Were Dying" (seven weeks)

12. Sonny James (23)
"Young Love" (nine weeks)

13. Kenny Chesney (22)
"The Good Stuff" (seven weeks)
"There Goes My Life" (seven weeks)

14. Buck Owens (21)
"Love's Gonna Live Here" (16 weeks)

15. Kenny Rogers (21)
"The Gambler" (three weeks)
"Coward of the County" (three weeks)
"Don't Fall in Love With a Dreamer" (with Kim Carnes) (three weeks)

16. Willie Nelson (20)
"Beer for My Horses" (with Toby Keith) (six weeks)

17. Toby Keith (20)
"Beer for My Horses" (with Willie Nelson) (six weeks)
"As Good As I Once Was" (six weeks)

18. Tammy Wynette (20)
"I Don't Wanna Play House" (three weeks)
"D-i-v-o-r-c-e" (three weeks)
"Stand By Your Man" (three weeks)
"He Loves Me All the Way" (three weeks)

19. Brooks & Dunn (20)
"Ain't Nothing 'Bout You" (six weeks)

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