List of Hot Country Singles number ones of 1966

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Buck Owens had four number ones in 1966.

Hot Country Songs is a chart that ranks the top-performing country music songs in the United States, published by Billboard magazine. In 1966, 13 different singles topped the chart, then published under the title Hot Country Singles, in 53 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 single was "Buckaroo" by Buck Owens and his Buckaroos, which had been at the top spot since the issue of Billboard dated December 25, 1965.[2] It retained the number one position for one week in 1966 before being replaced by "Giddyup Go" by Red Sovine, the first of a number of sentimental songs about the truck-driving industry for which the singer would become known.[3] After Sovine's six-week run at number one, Owens returned to the top with "Waitin' in Your Welfare Line", the first of three chart-toppers from his album "Open Up Your Heart".[4] One of the most successful recording artists of the mid-1960s,[5] Owens spent the highest number of weeks at number one in 1966, occupying the top spot for a total of 18 weeks with his four chart-topping singles. Only two other artists took more than one single to number one in 1966. Eddy Arnold, one of the biggest country music stars of the 1940s and early 1950s, had revitalised his somewhat declining career in the mid-1960s by embracing the "Nashville sound", a newer style of country music which eschewed elements of the earlier honky-tonk style in favour of smooth productions which had a broader appeal.[6][7] In 1965 Arnold had gained his first number one hit since Billboard combined country music sales and airplay into a single chart in 1958,[8] and his success continued into 1966, when he reached the top spot twice and spent a combined total of ten weeks at number one. Jim Reeves also achieved two chart-toppers in 1966, both of which were posthumous; the singer had been killed in a plane crash two years earlier.[9]

Two vocalists topped the chart for the first time in 1966. In August David Houston reached the top spot for the first time with "Almost Persuaded",[10] and remained atop the chart for nine consecutive weeks. There would not be another unbroken run of this length at the top of the Hot Country chart until 2012, when Taylor Swift had a nine-week run at number one with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together".[11] In December, Jack Greene reached the top of the chart for the first time with "There Goes My Everything",[12] which was the final number one of the year.

Chart history[edit]

A dark-haired young man in a dark jacket, smiling broadly while holding a guitar
David Houston spent nine consecutive weeks at number one with "Almost Persuaded". The next unbroken run at number one of this length would not occur until 2012.
A fair-haired man singing and playing a guitar
Eddy Arnold had two number ones in 1966.
An old man in a black cowboy hat, blue jacket and black pants, standing next to some rocks on which a number of trophies are displayed
Jack Greene ended the year at number one.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 1 "Buckaroo" Buck Owens and his Buckaroos [13]
January 8 "Giddyup Go" Red Sovine [14]
January 15 [15]
January 22 [16]
January 29 [17]
February 5 [18]
February 12 [19]
February 19 "Waitin' in Your Welfare Line" Buck Owens [20]
February 26 [21]
March 5 [22]
March 12 [23]
March 19 [24]
March 26 [25]
April 2 [26]
April 9 "I Want to Go with You" Eddy Arnold [27]
April 16 [28]
April 23 [29]
April 30 [30]
May 7 [31]
May 14 [32]
May 21 ""Distant Drums" Jim Reeves [33]
May 28 [34]
June 4 [35]
June 11 [36]
June 18 "Take Good Care of Her" Sonny James [37]
June 25 [38]
July 2 "Think Of Me" Buck Owens [39]
July 9 [40]
July 16 [41]
July 23 [42]
July 30 [43]
August 6 [44]
August 13 "Almost Persuaded" David Houston [45]
August 20 [46]
August 27 [47]
September 3 [48]
September 10 [49]
September 17 [50]
September 24 [51]
October 1 [52]
October 8 [53]
October 15 "Blue Side of Lonesome" Jim Reeves [54]
October 22 "Open Up Your Heart" Buck Owens [55]
October 29 [56]
November 5 [57]
November 12 [58]
November 19 "I Get the Fever" Bill Anderson [59]
November 26 "Somebody Like Me" Eddy Arnold [60]
December 3 [61]
December 10 [62]
December 17 [63]
December 24 "There Goes My Everything" Jack Greene [64]
December 31 [65]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for December 25, 1965". Billboard. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  3. ^ Manheim, James. "Red Sovine Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  4. ^ "Open Up Your Heart - Buck Owens". AllMusic. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Buck Owens Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  6. ^ Miller, Zell (1996). They Heard Georgia Singing. Mercer University Press. p. 22. ISBN 9780865545045.
  7. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Eddy Arnold Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "Eddy Arnold Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  9. ^ Vinopal, David. "Jim Reeves Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  10. ^ "David Houston Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  11. ^ Peters, Dan (December 7, 2012). "Taylor Swift Rules the Country Chart". KXRB-FM. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  12. ^ "Jack Greene Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
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  28. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for April 16, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  29. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for April 23, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  30. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for April 30, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  31. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for May 7, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
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  33. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for May 21, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  34. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for May 28, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  35. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for June 4, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  36. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for June 11, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  37. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for June 18, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  38. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for June 25, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  39. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for July 2, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  40. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for July 9, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  41. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for July 16, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  42. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for July 23, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  43. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for July 30, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  44. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for August 6, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  45. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for August 13, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  46. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for August 20, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  47. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for August 27, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  48. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for September 3, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  49. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for September 10, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
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  51. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for September 24, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
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  53. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for October 8, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
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  55. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for October 22, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  56. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for October 29, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
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  58. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for November 12, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  59. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for November 19, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  60. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for November 26, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  61. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for December 3, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  62. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for December 10, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  63. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for December 17, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  64. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for December 24, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  65. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for December 31, 1966". Billboard. Retrieved May 4, 2018.