List of Hot Country Singles number ones of 1964

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Lefty Frizzell had achieved a string of top 10 hits in the early 1950s but had experienced only sporadic success since then. In 1964 "Saginaw, Michigan" became his final number one.

Hot Country Songs is a chart that ranks the top-performing country music songs in the United States, published by Billboard magazine. In 1964, 11 different singles topped the chart, then published under the title Hot Country Singles, 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 number one song was "Love's Gonna Live Here" by Buck Owens, which had been in the top spot since the issue of Billboard dated October 19, 1963.[2] The song would remain at number one until the issue dated February 8 for a total run of sixteen consecutive weeks in the top spot, a new record for the longest unbroken run at number one on the Hot Country chart which would stand until 2013, when Florida Georgia Line spent a seventeenth consecutive week atop the chart with "Cruise".[3][4] Owens had three further number ones in 1964, "My Heart Skips a Beat", "Together Again" and "I Don't Care (Just as Long as You Love Me)" and spent a total of twenty weeks at number one during the year, more than twice as many as any other artist. He was the only artist to take more than one single to number one in 1964. "My Heart Skips a Beat" was one of two singles to drop from number one but then return to the top spot.

Two acts had their first Hot Country number ones in 1964. Roger Miller spent six weeks atop the chart in the summer with the humorous song "Dang Me",[5] and Connie Smith went to number one for the first time in November with "Once a Day",[6] which remained in the top spot until the end of the year. Smith's song eventually spent eight consecutive weeks at number one, a record for a female singer which stood until 2012 when Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" remained atop the chart for nine weeks.[7] In March 1964 Lefty Frizzell gained his final number one with "Saginaw, Michigan".[8] One of the biggest country stars of the early 1950s, his career had been in decline for a number of years and he had not reached the top ten since 1959.[8] Despite topping the chart for four weeks with "Saginaw, Michigan", the singer would never again reach the top ten and alcoholism led to his death in 1975.[8] In August 1964 Jim Reeves achieved the first of several posthumous number ones with "I Guess I'm Crazy"; the singer had been killed in a plane crash the previous month.[9]

Chart history[edit]

A dark-haired man wearing a black jacket, playing a guitar and singing into a microphone
Johnny Cash had a six-week run at number one with "Understand Your Man".
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Roger Miller had his first chart-topper with "Dang Me".
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Connie Smith ended the year at number one with "Once a Day".
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 4 "Love's Gonna Live Here" Buck Owens [10]
January 11 [11]
January 18 [12]
January 25 [13]
February 1 [14]
February 8 "Begging to You" Marty Robbins [15]
February 15 "B.J. the D.J." Stonewall Jackson [16]
February 22 "Begging to You" Marty Robbins [17]
February 29 [18]
March 7 "Saginaw, Michigan" Lefty Frizzell [19]
March 14 [20]
March 21 [21]
March 28 [22]
April 4 "Understand Your Man" Johnny Cash [23]
April 11 [24]
April 18 [25]
April 25 [26]
May 2 [27]
May 9 [28]
May 16 "My Heart Skips a Beat" Buck Owens [29]
May 23 [30]
May 30 [31]
June 6 "Together Again" [32]
June 13 [33]
June 20 "My Heart Skips a Beat" [34]
June 27 [35]
July 4 [36]
July 11 [37]
July 18 "Dang Me" Roger Miller [38]
July 25 [39]
August 1 [40]
August 8 [41]
August 15 [42]
August 22 [43]
August 29 "I Guess I'm Crazy" Jim Reeves [44]
September 5 [45]
September 12 [46]
September 19 [47]
September 26 [48]
October 3 [49]
October 10 [50]
October 17 "I Don't Care (Just as Long as You Love Me)" Buck Owens [51]
October 24 [52]
October 31 [53]
November 7 [54]
November 14 [55]
November 21 [56]
November 28 "Once a Day" Connie Smith [57]
December 5 [58]
December 12 [59]
December 19 [60]
December 26 [61]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "Connie Smith Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
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  53. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for October 31, 1964". Billboard. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
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