List of Hot Country Singles number ones of 1970

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Merle Haggard topped the chart with one of his best-known songs, "The Fightin' Side of Me".[1]

Hot Country Songs is a chart that ranks the top-performing country music songs in the United States, published by Billboard magazine. In 1970, 23 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.[2]

In the issue of Billboard dated January 3, 1970, "Baby, Baby (I Know You're a Lady)" by David Houston replaced Charley Pride's "(I'm So) Afraid of Losing You Again" at number one,[3] where it remained until the January 31 issue, when it was replaced by "A Week in a Country Jail" by Tom T. Hall. Hall had achieved success as a songwriter, including penning the song "Harper Valley PTA" which had been both a pop and country number one for Jeannie C. Riley in 1968,[4] but "A Week in a Country Jail" was his first number one as a performer.[5] Husband-and-wife duo Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan also reached number one for the first and only time with "Tennessee Bird Walk",[6] as did Dave Dudley with "The Pool Shark".[7] Lynn Anderson also topped the chart for the first time with "Rose Garden", which was also a major crossover hit, reaching the top five of Billboard's all-genres chart, the Hot 100.[8][9] Hank Williams Jr., the son of the legendary country singer Hank Williams, achieved the first number one of a career which would span more than fifty years when he collaborated with the Mike Curb Congregation on the single "All for the Love of Sunshine".[10][11]

Sonny James spent the most weeks at number one of any artist, his four chart-toppers totalling fourteen weeks in the top spot. "It's Just a Matter of Time", "My Love", "Don't Keep Me Hangin' On" and "Endlessly" formed part of a streak of sixteen consecutive number ones for James, which ran from 1967 until 1971.[12] Three other artists took multiple singles to number one during 1970. Charley Pride had three chart-toppers totalling six weeks at number one, the highest total after the fourteen achieved by James, and Conway Twitty and Tammy Wynette each achieved two number ones. The final number one of the year was "Rose Garden" by Lynn Anderson, which went to number one in the issue of Billboard dated December 26 to begin a run which would last until the issue dated January 30, 1971.[13]

Chart history[edit]

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Tom T. Hall had his first number one in 1970 with "A Week in a Country Jail".
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Sonny James spent a total of 14 weeks at number one during the year.
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Conway Twitty topped the chart with "Hello Darlin'", which came to be regarded as his signature song.[14]
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Loretta Lynn (pictured in 2005) reached number one with the autobiographical "Coal Miner's Daughter".[15]
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 3 "Baby, Baby (I Know You're a Lady)" David Houston [3]
January 10 [16]
January 17 [17]
January 24 [18]
January 31 "A Week in a Country Jail" Tom T. Hall [19]
February 7 [20]
February 14 "It's Just a Matter of Time" Sonny James [21]
February 21 [22]
February 28 [23]
March 7 [24]
March 14 "The Fightin' Side of Me" Merle Haggard [25]
March 21 [26]
March 28 [27]
April 4 "Tennessee Bird Walk" Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan [28]
April 11 [29]
April 18 "Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone" Charley Pride [30]
April 25 [31]
May 2 "My Woman My Woman My Wife" Marty Robbins [32]
May 9 "The Pool Shark" Dave Dudley [33]
May 16 "My Love" Sonny James [34]
May 23 [35]
May 30 [36]
June 6 "Hello Darlin'" Conway Twitty [37]
June 13 [38]
June 20 [39]
June 27 [40]
July 4 "He Loves Me All the Way" Tammy Wynette [41]
July 11 [42]
July 18 [43]
July 25 "Wonder Could I Live There Anymore" Charley Pride [44]
August 1 [45]
August 8 "Don't Keep Me Hangin' On" Sonny James [46]
August 15 [47]
August 22 [48]
August 29 [49]
September 5 "All for the Love of Sunshine" Hank Williams Jr. with The Mike Curb Congregation [50]
September 12 [51]
September 19 "For the Good Times" Ray Price [52]
September 26 "There Must Be More to Love Than This" Jerry Lee Lewis [53]
October 3 [54]
October 10 "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" Johnny Cash [55]
October 17 [56]
October 24 "Run Woman Run" Tammy Wynette [57]
October 31 [58]
November 7 "I Can't Believe That You've Stopped Loving Me" Charley Pride [59]
November 14 [60]
November 21 "Fifteen Years Ago" Conway Twitty [61]
November 28 "Endlessly" Sonny James [62]
December 5 [63]
December 12 [64]
December 19 "Coal Miner's Daughter" Loretta Lynn [65]
December 26 "Rose Garden" Lynn Anderson [66]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  34. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for May 16, 1970". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  35. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for May 23, 1970". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
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  52. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for September 19, 1970". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
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