List of Hot Country Singles number ones of 1979

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The Bellamy Brothers (pictured in 2013) had their first number-one country single in 1979 with "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me".

Hot Country Songs is a chart that ranks the top-performing country music songs in the United States, published by Billboard magazine. In 1979, 33 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]

Waylon Jennings, Anne Murray, Kenny Rogers and Conway Twitty tied for the most total weeks at number one, each spending five weeks at the top of the chart. Jennings, Murray and Twitty each had an unbroken run of three weeks at number one with "Amanda", "I Just Fall in Love Again" and "Happy Birthday Darlin'" respectively, which tied for the longest run of 1979 with "Every Which Way but Loose" by Eddie Rabbitt, "Golden Tears" by Dave & Sugar and "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me" by The Bellamy Brothers. Murray, Rogers and Twitty each had three number ones in 1979, the most by an individual act.

In January, John Conlee achieved the first of seven number one country singles with "Lady Lay Down";[2] he would reach number one for the second time in May. Two weeks after Conlee's second number one, The Bellamy Brothers topped the chart for the first time.[3] The brother duo had topped Billboard's all-genres singles chart, the Hot 100, three years earlier with "Let Your Love Flow", but had not previously topped the country listing until the 1979 success of "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me".[3] In August, The Charlie Daniels Band reached number one for the first and only time with "The Devil Went Down to Georgia".[4] The following month Leon Russell made his first appearance at the top of the country chart when he appeared alongside Willie Nelson on a cover version of Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel".[5] This was Russell's first hit on the chart under the name he used for the majority of his recording career, although he had previously achieved two minor hits under the alter ego Hank Wilson.[6][7] The final artist to top the Hot Country chart for the first time in 1979 was Moe Bandy, who achieved his first chart-topper in September when he collaborated with Joe Stampley on the novelty single "Just Good Ol' Boys", before going on to gain a solo number one with "I Cheated Me Right Out of You" in December.[8]

Chart history[edit]

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Anne Murray was one of several acts to spend five total weeks at number one in 1979.
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The Charlie Daniels Band (Daniels pictured in 2009) topped the chart for the only time in 1979 with "The Devil Went Down to Georgia".
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Don Williams had two chart-toppers in 1979.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 6 "Tulsa Time" Don Williams [9]
January 13 "Lady Lay Down" John Conlee [10]
January 20 "Baby I'm Burnin'" Dolly Parton [11]
January 27 "Why Have You Left the One You Left Me For" Crystal Gayle [12]
February 3 [13]
February 10 "Every Which Way but Loose" Eddie Rabbitt [14]
February 17 [15]
February 24 [16]
March 3 "Golden Tears" Dave & Sugar [17]
March 10 [18]
March 17 [19]
March 24 "I Just Fall in Love Again" Anne Murray [20]
March 31 [21]
April 7 [22]
April 14 "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" Barbara Mandrell [23]
April 21 "All I Ever Need Is You" Kenny Rogers and Dottie West [24]
April 28 "Where Do I Put Her Memory" Charley Pride [25]
May 5 "Backside of Thirty" John Conlee [26]
May 12 "Don't Take It Away" Conway Twitty [27]
May 19 "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me" The Bellamy Brothers [28]
May 26 [29]
June 2 [30]
June 9 "She Believes in Me" Kenny Rogers [31]
June 16 [32]
June 23 "Nobody Likes Sad Songs" Ronnie Milsap [33]
June 30 "Amanda" Waylon Jennings [34]
July 7 [35]
July 14 [36]
July 21 "Shadows in the Moonlight" Anne Murray [37]
July 28 "You're the Only One" Dolly Parton [38]
August 4 [39]
August 11 "Suspicions" Eddie Rabbitt [40]
August 18 "Coca-Cola Cowboy" Mel Tillis [41]
August 25 "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" Charlie Daniels Band [42]
September 1 "Heartbreak Hotel" Willie Nelson and Leon Russell [43]
September 8 "I May Never Get to Heaven" Conway Twitty [44]
September 15 "You're My Jamaica" Charley Pride [45]
September 22 "Just Good Ol' Boys" Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley [46]
September 29 "It Must Be Love" Don Williams [47]
October 6 "Last Cheater's Waltz" T.G. Sheppard [48]
October 13 [49]
October 20 "All the Gold in California" Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers [50]
October 27 [51]
November 3 "You Decorated My Life" Kenny Rogers [52]
November 10 [53]
November 17 "Come with Me" Waylon Jennings [54]
November 24 [55]
December 1 "Broken Hearted Me" Anne Murray [56]
December 8 "I Cheated Me Right Out of You" Moe Bandy [57]
December 15 "Happy Birthday Darlin'" Conway Twitty [58]
December 22 [59]
December 29 [60]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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