Ready for the Times to Get Better

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"Ready for the Times to Get Better"
Side A label of U.S. release
Single by Crystal Gayle
from the album Crystal
B-side "Beyond You"
Released January 18, 1978
Genre Country
Length 2:11
Label United Artists
Writer(s) Allen Reynolds
Producer(s) Allen Reynolds
Crystal Gayle singles chronology
"I've Cried (The Blue Right Out of My Eyes)"
"Ready for the Times to Get Better"
"Talking in Your Sleep"

"Ready for the Times to Get Better" is a song written by Allen Reynolds, and recorded by American country music artist Crystal Gayle. It was released in January 1978 as the fourth single from the album Crystal. "Ready for the Times to Get Better" was Gayle's fourth number one on the U.S Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The single stayed at number one for one week and spent a total of ten weeks on the chart.[1]

The song was covered by Joe Sun in 1980, whose version peaked at number 43 on the Hot Country Singles chart. It was also rendered into the Cantonese-language song "Mayflower" (五月荷花) by Agnes Chan in her 1980 album Ching Kip, San Sing, Lau Long Hak (情劫·晨星·流浪客).

Chart performance[edit]

Crystal Gayle[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 52
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 3
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 60
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 4

Joe Sun[edit]

Chart (1980–1981) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 43
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 19


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 131. 

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Preceded by
"Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys"
by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

April 1, 1978
Succeeded by
"Someone Loves You Honey"
by Charley Pride
Preceded by
"Do I Love You (Yes in Every Way)"
by Donna Fargo
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

April 22, 1978