List of Billboard number-one country songs of 1954

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Webb Pierce had three of the only four number ones on the best sellers chart in 1954 and also took a fourth song to number one on the jockeys chart.

In 1954 Billboard magazine published three charts covering the best-performing country music songs in the United States: Most Played in Juke Boxes, National Best Sellers (renamed Best Sellers in Stores with the February 20 issue of the magazine), and Most Played By Jockeys. All three charts are considered part of the lineage of the current Hot Country Songs chart, which was first published in 1958.[1]

The number one position on all three charts was dominated in 1954 by singer Webb Pierce, who had inherited the mantle of the most popular act in country music since the death of Hank Williams in 1953 and who was in the midst of a run of success which included ten chart-toppers in a four-year period.[2] On the best sellers chart, Pierce's singles "There Stands the Glass", "Slowly" and "More and More" spent a combined total of 32 weeks in the top spot. On the juke box chart, the same three songs spent 29 weeks at number one, or 30 if the chart dated March 6 is counted twice, as in that week two of Pierce's songs tied for the top spot. On the jockeys chart, Pierce spent a total of 29 weeks at number one with four songs, including "Even Tho", which did not reach the top of the other two listings.

The longest-running number one song of the year on all three charts was Hank Snow's "I Don't Hurt Anymore". The Canadian singer spent twenty consecutive weeks atop the best sellers chart with the song, the only chart-topper of the year on that listing not to be by Pierce. The song also spent twenty non-consecutive weeks at number one on the juke box chart, and a total of eighteen weeks in the top spot on the jockeys listing. One act achieved a debut country number one in 1954. Johnnie & Jack spent two weeks in the top spot of the jockeys chart with "(Oh Baby Mine) I Get So Lonely", the only number one for the duo.[3]

Chart history[edit]

Most Played in Juke Boxes[edit]

A woman with long dark hair wearing a polka-dot blouse
Kitty Wells collaborated with Red Foley on "One by One", which went to number one on the juke box chart in July.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 2 "Let Me Be The One" Hank Locklin [4]
January 9 "There Stands the Glass" Webb Pierce [5]
January 16 [6]
January 23 [7]
January 30 [8]
February 6 [9]
February 13 "Let Me Be The One" Hank Locklin [10]
February 20[a] "There Stands the Glass" Webb Pierce [11]
"Wake Up, Irene" Hank Thompson
February 27[a] [12]
"There Stands the Glass" Webb Pierce
March 6[a] [13]
"Slowly"
March 13 [14]
March 20
March 27 [15]
April 3 [16]
April 10 [17]
April 17 [18]
April 24 [19]
May 1 [20]
May 8 [21]
May 15 "I Really Don't Want to Know" Eddy Arnold [22]
May 22 "Slowly" Webb Pierce [23]
May 29
June 5 [24]
June 12 [25]
June 19
June 26 [26]
July 3 [27]
July 10 "I Don't Hurt Anymore" Hank Snow [28]
July 17 [29]
July 24 [30]
July 31 "One by One" Kitty Wells and Red Foley [31]
August 7 "I Don't Hurt Anymore" Hank Snow [32]
August 14 [33]
August 21
August 28 [34]
September 4 [35]
September 11 [36]
September 18 [37]
September 25 [38]
October 2 [39]
October 9 [40]
October 16
October 23 [41]
October 30 [42]
November 6 [43]
November 13 [44]
November 20 [45]
November 27 [46]
December 4 "More and More" Webb Pierce [47]
December 11 [48]
December 18 [49]
December 25 [50]

National Best Sellers/Best Sellers in Stores[edit]

A man wearing an elaborately patterned shirt, leaning on a guitar
Hank Snow spent twenty consecutive weeks at number one on the best sellers chart with "I Don't Hurt Anymore".
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 2 "There Stands the Glass" Webb Pierce [4]
January 9 [5]
January 16 [6]
January 23 [7]
January 30 [8]
February 6 [9]
February 13 [10]
February 20 "Slowly" [11]
February 27 [12]
March 6 [13]
March 13 [14]
March 20
March 27 [15]
April 3 [16]
April 10 [17]
April 17 [18]
April 24 [19]
May 1 [20]
May 8 [21]
May 15 [22]
May 22 [23]
May 29
June 5 [24]
June 12 [25]
June 19 "I Don't Hurt Anymore" Hank Snow
June 26 [26]
July 3 [27]
July 10 [28]
July 17 [29]
July 24 [30]
July 31 [31]
August 7 [32]
August 14 [33]
August 21
August 28 [34]
September 4 [35]
September 11 [36]
September 18 [37]
September 25 [38]
October 2 [39]
October 9 [40]
October 16
October 23 [41]
October 30 [42]
November 6 "More and More" Webb Pierce [43]
November 13 [44]
November 20 [45]
November 27 [46]
December 4 [47]
December 11 [48]
December 18 [49]
December 25 [50]

Most Played by Jockeys[edit]

Two men wearing dark suits and cowboy hats standing either side of a woman wearing a gingham dress
Johnnie & Jack (pictured with Johnnie's wife Kitty Wells) topped the jockeys chart in June with "(Oh Baby Mine) I Get So Lonely".
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 2 "There Stands the Glass" Webb Pierce [4]
January 9[a] "Let Me Be the One" Hank Locklin [5]
"Bimbo" Jim Reeves
January 16 "There Stands the Glass" Webb Pierce [6]
January 23 [7]
January 30 "Bimbo" Jim Reeves [8]
February 6 "There Stands the Glass" Webb Pierce [9]
February 13 [10]
February 20 "Bimbo" Jim Reeves [11]
February 27 "Slowly" Webb Pierce [12]
March 6 [13]
March 13 [14]
March 20
March 27 [15]
April 3 [16]
April 10 [17]
April 17 [18]
April 24 [19]
May 1 [20]
May 8 [21]
May 15 [22]
May 22 [23]
May 29
June 5 [24]
June 12 "(Oh Baby Mine) I Get So Lonely" Johnnie & Jack [25]
June 19
June 26 "I Don't Hurt Anymore" Hank Snow [26]
July 3 "Even Tho" Webb Pierce [27]
July 10 [28]
July 17 "I Don't Hurt Anymore" Hank Snow [29]
July 24 [30]
July 31 [31]
August 7 [32]
August 14 [33]
August 21
August 28 [34]
September 4 [35]
September 11 [36]
September 18 [37]
September 25 [38]
October 2 [39]
October 9 [40]
October 16
October 23 [41]
October 30 [42]
November 6 "More and More" Webb Pierce [43]
November 13 "I Don't Hurt Anymore" Hank Snow [44]
November 20 "More and More" Webb Pierce [45]
November 27 [46]
December 4 [47]
December 11 [48]
December 18 [49]
December 25 [50]

a. ^ Two songs tied for number one.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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