List of Hot Country Singles number ones of 1985

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The band Alabama had four number ones in 1985.

Hot Country Songs is a chart that ranks the top-performing country music songs in the United States, published by Billboard magazine. In 1985, 51 different songs 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] Only "Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night)" by Ronnie Milsap managed a second week at the top of the chart.

Alabama had the highest number of chart-toppers by a single act, with four: "Can't Keep a Good Man Down", "(There's A) Fire in the Night", "There's No Way" and "40 Hour Week (For a Livin')". When the group achieved its fourth number one of the year, Billboard regarded it as Alabama's seventeenth consecutive Hot Country number one, breaking the record previously held by Sonny James.[2] Two years earlier, the band had released a Christmas single which only peaked at number 35, but the magazine disregarded this release for the purposes of the band's number one streak, stating "only a Scrooge would count that against them".[2] The band would eventually extend its streak of consecutive number ones to 21.[3] Earl Thomas Conley, Exile, The Judds and The Oak Ridge Boys each had three number ones in 1985. Additionally Willie Nelson achieved one solo number one, one in collaboration with Ray Charles, and one as a member of the supergroup The Highwaymen, in which he was joined by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson.[4]

Having appeared regularly on the Hot Country chart since 1976, Mel McDaniel achieved his first and only number one in 1985 with "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On".[5] Ray Charles also topped the chart for the only time in 1985.[6] Although he was far more associated with the soul and rhythm and blues genres during his lengthy career,[7] Charles placed several songs on the country chart during the mid-1980s. He went all the way to the top spot with the Willie Nelson collaboration "Seven Spanish Angels", taken from the album Friendship, on which Charles duetted with a range of contemporary country singers.[8] Gary Morris and Sawyer Brown were also first-time chart-toppers in 1985.[9][10]

Chart history[edit]

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Ray Charles was more associated with the soul and rhythm and blues genres, but in 1985 he had a number one on the country chart.
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Earl Thomas Conley had three number ones in 1985.
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Willie Nelson had one solo number one, one in collaboration with Ray Charles, and one as part of supergroup The Highwaymen.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 5 "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind" George Strait [11]
January 12 "The Best Year of My Life" Eddie Rabbitt [12]
January 19 "How Blue" Reba McEntire [13]
January 26 "(There's A) Fire in the Night" Alabama [14]
February 2 "A Place to Fall Apart" Merle Haggard [15]
February 9 "Ain't She Somethin' Else" Conway Twitty [16]
February 16 "Make My Life with You" The Oak Ridge Boys [17]
February 23 "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On" Mel McDaniel [18]
March 2 "Baby Bye Bye" Gary Morris [19]
March 9 "My Only Love" The Statler Brothers [20]
March 16 "Crazy for Your Love" Exile [21]
March 23 "Seven Spanish Angels" Ray Charles (with Willie Nelson) [22]
March 30 "Crazy" Kenny Rogers [23]
April 6 "Country Girls" John Schneider [24]
April 13 "Honor Bound" Earl Thomas Conley [25]
April 20 "I Need More of You" The Bellamy Brothers [26]
April 27 "Girls' Night Out" The Judds [27]
May 4 "There's No Way" Alabama [28]
May 11 "Somebody Should Leave" Reba McEntire [29]
May 18 "Step That Step" Sawyer Brown [30]
May 25 "Radio Heart" Charly McClain [31]
June 1 "Don't Call Him a Cowboy" Conway Twitty [32]
June 8 "Natural High" Merle Haggard [33]
June 15 "Country Boy" Ricky Skaggs [34]
June 22 "Little Things" The Oak Ridge Boys [35]
June 29 "She Keeps the Home Fires Burning" Ronnie Milsap [36]
July 6 "She's a Miracle" Exile [37]
July 13 "Forgiving You Was Easy" Willie Nelson [38]
July 20 "Dixie Road" Lee Greenwood [39]
July 27 "Love Don't Care (Whose Heart It Breaks)" Earl Thomas Conley [40]
August 3 "40 Hour Week (For a Livin')" Alabama [41]
August 10 "I'm for Love" Hank Williams Jr. [42]
August 17 "Highwayman" The Highwaymen [43]
August 24 "Real Love" Dolly Parton (duet with Kenny Rogers) [44]
August 31 "Love Is Alive" The Judds [45]
September 7 "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me" Rosanne Cash [46]
September 14 "Modern Day Romance" The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band [47]
September 21 "I Fell in Love Again Last Night" The Forester Sisters [48]
September 28 "Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night)" Ronnie Milsap [49]
October 5 [50]
October 12 "Meet Me in Montana" Marie Osmond (with Dan Seals) [51]
October 19 "You Make Me Want to Make You Mine" Juice Newton [52]
October 26 "Touch a Hand, Make a Friend" The Oak Ridge Boys [53]
November 2 "Some Fools Never Learn" Steve Wariner [54]
November 9 "Can't Keep a Good Man Down" Alabama [55]
November 16 "Hang On to Your Heart" Exile [56]
November 23 "I'll Never Stop Loving You" Gary Morris [57]
November 30 "Too Much on My Heart" The Statler Brothers [58]
December 7 "I Don't Mind the Thorns (If You're the Rose)" Lee Greenwood [59]
December 14 "Nobody Falls Like a Fool" Earl Thomas Conley [60]
December 21 "The Chair" George Strait [61]
December 28 "Have Mercy" The Judds [62]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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