A Look Back at Your Favorite Country Music Stars’ First No. 1 Hits


A quick look back at the legendary careers of artists like Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson makes it easy to see why country music is everyone’s favorite genre, has a rapidly growing fan base and is continually evolving. Combined, these four artists have released an astonishing 268 singles, with an astonishing 101 No. 1 hits.

Modern country artists like Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton have followed in the footsteps of their predecessors with Carrie being the female artist with the most No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and Blake already having 20 No. 1 singles to his name.

We know what songs these country music icons are most famous for, but let’s take a look at the No. 1 songs that gave them their first claims to fame.

A Look Back at Your Favorite Country Music Stars’ First No. 1 Hits:

“Joshua” // Dolly Parton, 1971


“Austin” // Blake Shelton, 2001


“Any Man of Mine” // Shania Twain, 1995


“I Walk The Line” // Johnny Cash, 1956


“Why” // Jason Aldean, 2005


“Can’t Even Get The Blues No More” // Reba, 1982


“Inside Your Heaven” // Carrie Underwood, 2005


“Fool Hearted Memory” // George Strait, 1982


“Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” // Willie Nelson, 1975


“White Liar” // Miranda Lambert, 2010


“Don’t Take The Girl” // Tim McGraw, 1994


“White Lightning” // George Jones, 1959


“Wild Angels” // Martina McBride, 1995


“He Didn’t Have To Be” // Brad Paisley, 1999


“Should’ve Been a Cowboy” // Toby Keith, 1993


“She’s Got It All” // Kenny Chesney, 1997


“Wild One” // Faith Hill, 1993


“If Tomorrow Never Comes” // Garth Brooks, 1989


“I’m a Lonesome Fugitive” // Merle Haggard, 1966


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