List of Most Played Juke Box Folk Records number ones of 1946

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Nine men in cowboy hats, one man in a business suit, one man in a police uniform and two young women, all in front of a bus with "Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys" painted on the side
Three songs by Bob Wills and his backing band the Texas Playboys reached number one in 1946, including "New Spanish Two Step", which spent 15 consecutive weeks in the top spot.

Billboard magazine published a chart that ranked the top-performing country music songs in the United States, based on the number of times a song had been played in jukeboxes, from 1944 until 1957. In 1946, 9 different songs topped the chart, then published under the title Most Played Juke Box Folk Records, in 52 issues of the magazine. The chart was compiled based on a survey of jukebox operators nationwide, and its methodology allowed for the possibility of records tying for a position. On several occasions during 1946 two or more different songs tied for the number one spot, including the issue of Billboard dated February 2, when four songs tied for the number-one position. The Juke Box Folk chart is considered part of the lineage of the current Hot Country Songs chart, which was first published in 1958.[1]

In 1946 the number one position was dominated by two records which each spent 16 weeks in the top spot and which between them topped the chart from February to September. In the issue of Billboard dated February 2, "Guitar Polka" by Al Dexter reached number one for the first time, albeit jointly with three other songs. After one week out of the top spot it returned to number one, where it spent fifteen consecutive weeks, one of them jointly with "New Spanish Two Step" by Bob Wills. After Dexter's run at number one ended, Wills's song returned to the top spot and went on to also spend fifteen consecutive weeks atop the chart. Wills had also topped the chart earlier in the year with "Silver Dew on the Blue Grass Tonight" and "White Cross on Okinawa" and was the only artist to take three different songs to number one in 1946. Dexter, however, had the highest number of total weeks at number one, spending 21 weeks in total (including two tied weeks) atop the chart with "Guitar Polka" and "Wine Women and Song". Wills and Dexter were the only acts with more than one chart-topper during the year.

In October, Merle Travis achieved his first number one with "Divorce Me C.O.D.", which spent 11 non-consecutive weeks in the top spot in 1946 and was at number one at the end of the year.[2] Although Travis would only experience a short spell of chart success, he would remain active until his death in 1983 and come to be regarded as one of the most influential guitarists in the country genre.[3] Two singers who had each topped the chart several times in its first three years of publication did so for the last time in 1946. Al Dexter's second chart-topper of the year, "Wine Women and Song" would prove to be his final appearance in the top spot.[4] After 1948 he did not return to the chart and concentrated on running his club in Dallas.[5] Tex Ritter also topped the chart for the last time in 1946.[6] He would be absent from the country chart altogether for more than a decade after 1950 but experience something of a career revival in the 1960s when he appeared regularly at the Grand Ole Opry.[7]

Chart history[edit]

A man wearing a white cowboy hat and dark jacket, smiling broadly and holding a guitar
Al Dexter had two number ones in 1946.
A smiling man wearing a cowboy hat
Dick Thomas's "Sioux City Sue" returned to number one, having already topped the chart the previous year.[8]
A dark-haired man wearing a dark jacket and a neckerchief
"You Will Have to Pay" was the final number one for Tex Ritter.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 5[a] "Silver Dew on the Blue Grass Tonight" Bob Wills [9]
January 5[a] "White Cross on Okinawa"
January 5[a] "You Will Have to Pay" Tex Ritter
January 12 "It's Been So Long Darling" Ernest Tubb [10]
January 19 "You Will Have to Pay" Tex Ritter [11]
January 26 "Sioux City Sue" Dick Thomas [12]
February 2[a] [13]
February 2[a] "Silver Dew on the Blue Grass Tonight" Bob Wills
February 2[a] "You Will Have to Pay" Tex Ritter
February 2[a] "Guitar Polka" Al Dexter
February 9 "Sioux City Sue" Dick Thomas [14]
February 16 "Guitar Polka" Al Dexter [15]
February 23 [16]
March 2
March 9 [17]
March 16 [18]
March 23 [19]
March 30 [20]
April 6 [21]
April 13 [22]
April 20 [23]
April 27 [24]
May 4 [25]
May 11 [26]
May 18[a] [27]
May 18[a] "New Spanish Two Step" Bob Wills
May 25 "Guitar Polka" Al Dexter [28]
June 1 "New Spanish Two Step" Bob Wills [29]
June 8 [30]
June 15 [31]
June 22 [32]
June 29 [33]
July 6 [34]
July 13 [35]
July 20 [36]
July 27 [37]
August 3 [38]
August 10 [39]
August 17 [40]
August 24 [41]
August 31 [42]
September 7 [43]
September 14 "Wine Women and Song" Al Dexter [44]
September 21 [45]
September 28 [46]
October 5 [47]
October 12 "Divorce Me C.O.D." Merle Travis [48]
October 19 "Wine Women and Song" Al Dexter [49]
October 26 "Divorce Me C.O.D." Merle Travis [50]
November 2 [51]
November 9 [52]
November 16 [53]
November 23 [54]
November 30 [55]
December 7 [56]
December 14 [57]
December 21 [58]
December 28 [59]

a. ^ Multiple songs tied for the number one position.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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