List of Billboard number-one country songs of 1958

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Ray Price was at number one on the first combined sales and airplay chart in October and remained in the top spot until the end of the year.

At the start of 1958, Billboard magazine published two charts specifically covering the top-performing country music songs in the United States. The C&W Best Sellers in Stores chart ranked records based on their "current national selling importance at the retail level", based on a survey of record retailers "with a high volume of sales in country and western records".[1] The Most Played C&W by Jockeys chart ranked songs based on the "number of plays on disk jockey radio shows" according to a weekly survey of "top disk jockey shows in all key markets".[1] With effect from the October 20 issue of Billboard the magazine discontinued both charts and combined sales and airplay into one chart called Hot C&W Sides, which has been published continuously since that date, currently under the title Hot Country Songs. In 1990 it changed to being based solely on airplay from country music radio stations, before reverting to a combined sales and airplay chart in 2012 but utilizing airplay data from stations of all formats as well as digital sales and streaming.[2]

The number one song on the Best Sellers chart in the first issue of 1958 was "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis, and the song at the top of the Jockeys chart was "The Story of My Life" by Marty Robbins. Eight different singles topped the Best Sellers chart during the year, including two each by Johnny Cash, Don Gibson and The Everly Brothers. The longest unbroken run in the top spot was eight weeks, achieved by both of Cash's chart-toppers, "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" and "Guess Things Happen That Way". The sixteen weeks which Cash spent at number one was the most for any act. Gibson's "Oh Lonesome Me" also spent eight weeks at number one, but in two separate runs. The song gave Gibson his first number-one country song, the only artist to do so in 1958, and he would go on to achieve his second later in the year, but after the success of "Blue Blue Day" he would not return to the top of the country singles chart until 1972.[3] Three songs which topped the Best Sellers chart did not reach number one on the Jockeys chart: "Great Balls of Fire", "Blue Blue Day" and "Bird Dog" by The Everly Brothers. The latter two singles were both kept from the number one spot on the Jockeys chart by the thirteen-week reign of "Alone With You" by Faron Young, the longest unbroken run of the year on the airplay-based listing. Despite its popularity on the radio, Young's song was one of two Jockeys chart-toppers never to reach the top spot on the Best Sellers chart, the other being "Just Married" by Marty Robbins.

The separate sales and airplay charts were published for the final time in the issue of Billboard dated October 13. The final Best Sellers number one was "Bird Dog" and the last Jockeys chart-topper was "Alone With You". The following week the magazine launched the combined Hot C&W Sides chart, based on playlists submitted by country music radio stations and sales reports submitted by stores.[4] The first number one on the new chart was "City Lights" by Ray Price, which in the previous issue had been at number 2 on the Best Sellers chart and number 4 on the Jockeys chart.[5] Price's song would remain at number one for the remainder of 1958.

Chart history[edit]

C&W Best Sellers in Stores[edit]

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Jerry Lee Lewis had the first number one of 1958 on the Best Sellers chart.
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Johnny Cash topped the Best Sellers chart for a total of sixteen weeks.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 6 "Great Balls Of Fire" Jerry Lee Lewis [1]
January 13 [6]
January 20 "The Story of My Life" Marty Robbins [7]
January 27 [8]
February 3 [8]
February 10 [9]
February 17 "Ballad Of A Teenage Queen" Johnny Cash [10]
February 24 [11]
March 3 [12]
March 10 [13]
March 17 [14]
March 24 [15]
March 31 [16]
April 7 [17]
April 14 "Oh Lonesome Me" Don Gibson [18]
April 21 [19]
April 28 [20]
May 5 [21]
May 12 [22]
May 19 [23]
May 26 [24]
June 2 "All I Have to Do Is Dream" The Everly Brothers [25]
June 9 [26]
June 16 [27]
June 23 "Oh Lonesome Me" Don Gibson [28]
June 30 "Guess Things Happen That Way" Johnny Cash [29]
July 7 [30]
July 14 [30]
July 21 [30]
July 28 [30]
August 4 [30]
August 11 [30]
August 18 [30]
August 25 "Blue Blue Day" Don Gibson [30]
September 1 [30]
September 8 "Bird Dog" The Everly Brothers [30]
September 15 [30]
September 22 [30]
September 29 [31]
October 6 [31]
October 13 [5]

Most Played C&W by Jockeys[edit]

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"Just Married" by Marty Robbins was a number one on the Jockeys chart but did not top the Best Sellers listing.
A dark-haired man wearing a blue jacket and black tie, smiling broadly
Faron Young had the final number one on the Jockeys chart.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 6 "The Story of My Life" Marty Robbins [1]
January 13 [6]
January 20 [7]
January 27 [8]
February 3 "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" Johnny Cash [8]
February 10 [9]
February 17 [10]
February 24 [11]
March 3 [12]
March 10 [13]
March 17 [14]
March 24 [15]
March 31 [16]
April 7 [17]
April 14 "Oh Lonesome Me" Don Gibson [18]
April 21 [19]
April 28 [20]
May 5 [21]
May 12 [22]
May 19 [23]
May 26 "Just Married" Marty Robbins [24]
June 2 "All I Have to Do Is Dream" The Everly Brothers [25]
June 9 "Just Married" Marty Robbins [26]
June 16 "Oh Lonesome Me" Don Gibson [27]
June 23 "Guess Things Happen That Way" Johnny Cash [28]
June 30 "Oh Lonesome Me" Don Gibson [29]
July 7 "Guess Things Happen That Way" Johnny Cash [30]
July 14 [30]
July 21 "Alone With You" Faron Young [30]
July 28 [30]
August 4 [30]
August 11 [30]
August 18 [30]
August 25 [30]
September 1 [30]
September 8 [30]
September 15 [30]
September 22 [30]
September 29 [31]
October 6 [31]
October 13 [5]

Hot C&W Sides[edit]

Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
October 20 "City Lights" Ray Price [32]
October 27 [33]
November 3 [34]
November 10 [35]
November 17 [36]
November 24 [37]
December 1 [38]
December 8 [39]
December 15 [40]
December 22 [41]
December 29 [42]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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