List of Hot Country Singles number ones of 1978

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Kenny Rogers had three number ones in 1978.

Hot Country Songs is a chart that ranks the top-performing country music songs in the United States, published by Billboard magazine. In 1978, 31 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]

Several number ones of 1978 came from artists associated with the so-called outlaw country subgenre, which had emerged as a more hard-edged alternative to the slick production values seen in country music earlier in the 1970s.[2] Two of the most prominent exponents of the outlaw style, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson,[3] collaborated on the longest-running number one of the year, "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys", which spent four weeks atop the chart, as well as each reaching number one individually. Jennings' total of seven weeks spent in the top spot was the most by any artist, and Nelson was one of only two artists to take three different singles to number one during the year, the other being Kenny Rogers. Another artist linked to the outlaw movement who topped the chart in 1978 was Johnny Paycheck,[4] who reached number one with "Take This Job and Shove It", which would go on to become his most successful and best-known song.[4]

Paycheck's January chart-topper marked his first and only appearance at the top of the Hot Country chart.[5] In the summer, two vocal groups reached number one for the first time: The Statler Brothers with "Do You Know You Are My Sunshine",[6] and The Oak Ridge Boys with "I'll Be True to You".[7] Margo Smith had her first number one in February with "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You".[8] She followed it up with another chart-topper in July with "It Only Hurts for a Little While", but these would prove to be her only number one singles.[9] In April Dottie West reached the top of the chart for the first time with "Every Time Two Fools Collide", a duet with Kenny Rogers.[10] She would go on to achieve further number ones both in collaboration with Rogers and in her own right.[10]

Chart history[edit]

A man wearing a black cowboy hat, black shirt, black vest and blue jeans, playing a guitar and singing into a microphone
Waylon Jennings spent a total of seven weeks at number one in 1978.
A group of three men with their arms round each other. The man on the left has a beard and is wearing a cowboy hat and a light-coloured vest. The one in the center has long hair and a beard and is wearing a bandana tied around his forehead, a red T-shirt and suspenders. The one on the right is wearing a white shirt and a dark vest.
Johnny Paycheck (center) topped the chart with his signature song "Take This Job and Shove It".
A blonde woman wearing dark clothing, holding a trophy in the shape of hands applauding
Dolly Parton had two chart-toppers which spent a combined five weeks at number one.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 7 "Take This Job and Shove It" Johnny Paycheck [11]
January 14 [12]
January 21 "What a Difference You've Made in My Life" Ronnie Milsap [13]
January 28 "Out of My Head and Back in My Bed" Loretta Lynn [14]
February 4 [15]
February 11 "I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love" Larry Gatlin [16]
February 18 "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You" Margo Smith [17]
February 25 [18]
March 4 "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson [19]
March 11 [20]
March 18 [21]
March 25 [22]
April 1 "Ready for the Times to Get Better" Crystal Gayle [23]
April 8 "Someone Loves You Honey" Charley Pride [24]
April 15 [25]
April 22 "Every Time Two Fools Collide" Kenny Rogers and Dottie West [26]
April 29 [27]
May 6 "It's All Wrong, But It's All Right" Dolly Parton [28]
May 13 [29]
May 20 "She Can Put Her Shoes Under my Bed (Anytime)" Johnny Duncan [30]
May 27 "Do You Know You Are My Sunshine" The Statler Brothers [31]
June 3 [32]
June 10 "Georgia on My Mind" Willie Nelson [33]
June 17 "Two More Bottles of Wine" Emmylou Harris [34]
June 24 "I'll Be True to You" The Oak Ridge Boys [35]
July 1 "It Only Hurts for a Little While" Margo Smith [36]
July 8 "I Believe in You" Mel Tillis [37]
July 15 "Only One Love in My Life" Ronnie Milsap [38]
July 22 [39]
July 29 [40]
August 5 "Love or Something Like It" Kenny Rogers [41]
August 12 "You Don't Love Me Anymore" Eddie Rabbitt [42]
August 19 "Talking in Your Sleep" Crystal Gayle [43]
August 26 [44]
September 2 "Blue Skies" Willie Nelson [45]
September 9 "I've Always Been Crazy" Waylon Jennings [46]
September 16 [47]
September 23 [48]
September 30 "Heartbreaker" Dolly Parton [49]
October 7 [50]
October 14 [51]
October 21 "Tear Time" Dave & Sugar [52]
October 28 "Let's Take the Long Way Around the World" Ronnie Milsap [53]
November 4 "Sleeping Single In a Double Bed" Barbara Mandrell [54]
November 11 [55]
November 18 [56]
November 25 "Sweet Desire" / "Old Fashioned Love"[a] The Kendalls [57]
December 2 "I Just Want to Love You" Eddie Rabbitt [58]
December 9 "On My Knees" Charlie Rich and Janie Fricke [59]
December 16 "The Gambler" Kenny Rogers [60]
December 23 [61]
December 30 [62]

a. ^ Double A-sided single

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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