It Couldn't Have Been Any Better

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"It Couldn't Have Been Any Better"
Single by Johnny Duncan
from the album Johnny Duncan
B-side Denver Woman
Released January 1977
Format 7"
Recorded November 1976
Genre Country
Length 3:04
Label Columbia 10474
Writer(s) Ray Griff
Producer(s) Billy Sherrill and Larry Gatlin
Johnny Duncan singles chronology
"Thinkin' of a Rendezvous"
"It Couldn't Have Been Any Better"
"A Song in the Night"

"It Couldn't Have Been Any Better" is a country music song written by Ray Griff, and made famous by Johnny Duncan.

One of several Duncan singles to feature session vocalist Janie Fricke on harmony vocals, "It Couldn't Have Been Any Better" became his second No. 1 song to top the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, doing so in April 1977. The single week atop the country chart was part of an 11-week run in the top 40.[1]

Although the last Duncan-Fricke duet to top the charts — the previous song, "Thinkin' of a Rendezvous," went No. 1 just before Christmas 1976 — the two enjoyed several more duet hits, most notably "Come a Little Bit Closer" in January 1978 (a cover of the Jay and the Americans).

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 112. 
Preceded by
by Kenny Rogers
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

April 16, 1977
Succeeded by
"She's Got You"
by Loretta Lynn
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

April 30, 1977