List of Hot C&W Sides number ones of 1959

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Faron Young topped the chart in the fall with "Country Girl".

Hot Country Songs is a chart that ranks the top-performing country music songs in the United States, published by Billboard magazine since 1958, when the magazine amalgamated its separate C&W Best Sellers in Stores and Most Played C&W by Jockeys charts.[1] In 1959, eleven different songs topped the chart, then published under the title Hot C&W Sides, in 52 issues of the magazine, based on playlists submitted by country music radio stations and sales reports submitted by stores.[1]

At the start of the year the song at number one was "City Lights" by Ray Price. The song had been in the top spot since the issue of Billboard dated October 20, 1958,[2] the first in which the magazine combined country sales and airplay into a single chart,[1] and remained at number one until the issue dated January 19, 1959. Four artists achieved a number one country single for the first time in 1959: Johnny Horton with "When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below)",[3] George Jones with "White Lightning",[4] which replaced Horton's song at number one, Stonewall Jackson with "Waterloo",[5] and the Browns with "The Three Bells".[6] Of these, Jones would prove to have the most prolific career, topping the Hot Country chart in four consecutive decades. At the time of his death in 2013, he had placed more singles on Billboard's charts than any other artist in any genre.[7]

Following Jones' spell at number one, Johnny Horton returned to the top spot with "The Battle of New Orleans", which spent ten weeks at the peak of the chart. His total of eleven weeks at number one was the most by any artist; he and Ray Price were the only artists to place more than one song at number one during the year. "The Battle of New Orleans" tied with "The Three Bells" for the most weeks spent at number one by a song during the year. Both tracks also topped Billboard's all-genres chart, the Hot 100.[8] Despite the success of "The Three Bells", it would prove to be the only country number one for the Browns.[6] Of the nine acts who topped the chart in 1959, seven have been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame: Ray Price, Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash, George Jones, the Browns, Faron Young and Marty Robbins.[9] Robbins ended the year at number one with "El Paso", another crossover hit which also topped the Hot 100.[10]

Chart history[edit]

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Johnny Cash had a six-week run at number one in the spring.
A blond-haired man wearing a white shirt and light blue pants, playing a guitar and singing into a microphone
George Jones (pictured in 2002) had his first number one in 1959.
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Marty Robbins ended the year at number one.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 5 "City Lights" Ray Price [11]
January 12 [12]
January 19 "Billy Bayou" Jim Reeves [13]
January 26 [14]
February 2 [15]
February 9 [16]
February 16 [17]
February 23 "Don't Take Your Guns To Town" Johnny Cash [18]
March 2 [19]
March 9 [20]
March 16 [21]
March 23 [22]
March 30 [23]
April 6 "When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below)" Johnny Horton [24]
April 13 "White Lightning" George Jones [25]
April 20 [26]
April 27 [27]
May 4 [28]
May 11 [29]
May 18 "The Battle of New Orleans" Johnny Horton [30]
May 25 [31]
June 1 [32]
June 8 [33]
June 15 [34]
June 22 [35]
June 29 [36]
July 6 [37]
July 13 [38]
July 20 [39]
July 27 "Waterloo" Stonewall Jackson [40]
August 3 [41]
August 10 [42]
August 17 [43]
August 24 [44]
August 31 "The Three Bells" The Browns [45]
September 7 [46]
September 14 [47]
September 21 [48]
September 28 [49]
October 5 [50]
October 12 [51]
October 19 [52]
October 26 [53]
November 2 [54]
November 9 "Country Girl" Faron Young [55]
November 16 [56]
November 23 [57]
November 30 [58]
December 7 "The Same Old Me" Ray Price [59]
December 14 [60]
December 21 "El Paso" Marty Robbins [61]
December 28 [62]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for October 20, 1958". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Jasinski, Laurie E., ed. (2012). Handbook of Texas Music. Texas A&M University Press. ISBN 9780876112977.
  4. ^ Hudak, Joseph (February 3, 2016). "Flashback: Hear the Big Bopper's Original Take on 'White Lightning'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "Stonewall Jackson Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "The Browns Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  7. ^ "George Jones, Country Legend, Dead at 81". Time. April 26, 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  8. ^ Hoffmann, Frank (2016). Chronology of American Popular Music, 1900–2000. Routledge. pp. 194, 197. ISBN 9781135868864.
  9. ^ "Inductees List". Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  10. ^ Hoffmann, Frank (2016). Chronology of American Popular Music, 1900–2000. Routledge. p. 201. ISBN 9781135868864.
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  12. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for January 12, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  13. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for January 19, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  14. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for January 26, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  15. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for February 2, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  16. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for February 9, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  17. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for February 16, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  18. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for February 23, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  19. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for March 2, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  20. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for March 9, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  21. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for March 16, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  22. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for March 23, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  23. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for March 30, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  24. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for April 6, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  25. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for April 13, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  26. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for April 20, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  27. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for April 27, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  28. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for May 4, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  29. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for May 11, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  30. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for May 18, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  31. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for May 25, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  32. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for June 1, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  33. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for June 8, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  34. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for June 15, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  35. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for June 22, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  36. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for June 29, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  37. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for July 6, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  38. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for July 13, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  39. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for July 20, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  40. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for July 27, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  41. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for August 3, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  42. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for August 10, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  43. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for August 17, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  44. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for August 24, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  45. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for August 31, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  46. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for September 7, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  47. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for September 14, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  48. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for September 21, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  49. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for September 28, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  50. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for October 5, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  51. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for October 12, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  52. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for October 19, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  53. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for October 26, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  54. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for November 2, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  55. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for November 9, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  56. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for November 16, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  57. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for November 23, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  58. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for November 30, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  59. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for December 7, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  60. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for December 14, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  61. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for December 21, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  62. ^ "Hot C&W Sides chart for December 28, 1959". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2018.