List of Hot Country Singles number ones of 1989

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The Judds (pictured performing in 2008) were among a number of acts with three number ones in 1989.

Hot Country Songs is a record chart that ranks the top-performing country music songs in the United States, published by Billboard magazine. In 1989, 50 songs topped the chart, then published under the title Hot Country Singles, in 52 issues of the magazine. Only "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" by Keith Whitley and "The Church on Cumberland Road" by Shenandoah, consecutive chart-toppers in April, spent more than a single week at number one.

This was the final complete year in which Billboard used its longstanding methodology of compiling the chart based on playlists submitted by country music radio stations and sales reports submitted by stores.[1] In January of the following year, the magazine would begin basing the chart on weekly airplay data from radio stations compiled by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems,[1] which would lead to an increase in the length of time songs spent in the top spot.[2] In November 1989, Billboard began compiling unpublished prototype charts using the new methodology ahead of the official launch, which produced very different results to the published charts using the existing process. Ronnie Milsap's "A Woman in Love" spent five weeks atop the prototype charts as opposed to the single week which it achieved on the published listing.[3]

Bands Alabama and Shenandoah, vocalists George Strait, Randy Travis and Rodney Crowell, and mother-daughter duo[4] the Judds each reached number one with three different songs in 1989. As one of Shenandoah's songs spent a second week at number one, this meant that the band was the only act to spend four weeks in the top spot during the year. In June, Clint Black achieved his first number one with his debut single "A Better Man", which made him the first artist since Freddy Fender in 1975 to top the chart with his first charting release.[5] Other artists to reach number one for the first time in 1989 were Holly Dunn,[6] Patty Loveless,[7] and Garth Brooks, who achieved the first chart-topper of his career with "If Tomorrow Never Comes".[8] Brooks would go on to become one of the most successful artists in country music history, achieving unprecedented levels of album sales and selling out large stadiums in a manner previously associated only with rock stars.[9] Rosanne Cash spent a week at number one in June with "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party", the only cover version of a song originally recorded by the Beatles to top the country singles chart.[10] Keith Whitley's second number one of the year, "I Wonder Do You Think of Me", was the first of two posthumous number ones for the singer, who died on May 9, 1989.[11][12]

Chart history[edit]

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Rosanne Cash became the only artist to take a cover version of a Beatles song to number one on the country chart.
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Cash's then-husband[13] Rodney Crowell topped the chart three times in 1989.
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Patty Loveless was a first-time chart-topper in 1989.
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Garth Brooks topped the chart for the first time with "If Tomorrow Never Comes". He would go on to become one of the most successful artists in country music history.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 7 "Hold Me" K. T. Oslin [14]
January 14 "Change of Heart" The Judds [15]
January 21 "She's Crazy for Leavin'" Rodney Crowell [16]
January 28 "Deeper Than the Holler" Randy Travis [17]
February 4 "What I'd Say" Earl Thomas Conley [18]
February 11 "Song of the South" Alabama [19]
February 18 "Big Wheels in the Moonlight" Dan Seals [20]
February 25 "I Sang Dixie" Dwight Yoakam [21]
March 4 "I Still Believe in You" The Desert Rose Band [22]
March 11 "Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)" Ronnie Milsap [23]
March 18 "From a Jack to a King" Ricky Van Shelton [24]
March 25 "New Fool at an Old Game" Reba McEntire [25]
April 1 "Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye" George Strait [26]
April 8 "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" Keith Whitley [27]
April 15 [28]
April 22 "The Church on Cumberland Road" Shenandoah [29]
April 29 [30]
May 6 "Young Love (Strong Love)" The Judds [31]
May 13 "Is It Still Over?" Randy Travis [32]
May 20 "If I Had You" Alabama [33]
May 27 "After All This Time" Rodney Crowell [34]
June 3 "Where Did I Go Wrong" Steve Wariner [35]
June 10 "A Better Man" Clint Black [36]
June 17 "Love Out Loud" Earl Thomas Conley [37]
June 24 "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party" Rosanne Cash [38]
July 1 "Come From the Heart" Kathy Mattea [39]
July 8 "Lovin' Only Me" Ricky Skaggs [40]
July 15 "In a Letter to You" Eddy Raven [41]
July 22 "What's Going On in Your World" George Strait [42]
July 29 "Cathy's Clown" Reba McEntire [43]
August 5 "Why'd You Come in Here Lookin' Like That" Dolly Parton [44]
August 12 "Timber, I'm Falling in Love" Patty Loveless [45]
August 19 "Sunday in the South" Shenandoah [46]
August 26 "Are You Ever Gonna Love Me" Holly Dunn [47]
September 2 "I'm Still Crazy" Vern Gosdin [48]
September 9 "I Wonder Do You Think of Me" Keith Whitley [49]
September 16 "Nothing I Can Do About It Now" Willie Nelson [50]
September 23 "Above and Beyond" Rodney Crowell [51]
September 30 "Let Me Tell You About Love" The Judds [52]
October 7 "I Got Dreams" Steve Wariner [53]
October 14 "Killin' Time" Clint Black [54]
October 21 "Living Proof" Ricky Van Shelton [55]
October 28 "High Cotton" Alabama [56]
November 4 "Ace in the Hole" George Strait [57]
November 11 "Burnin' Old Memories" Kathy Mattea [58]
November 18 "Bayou Boys" Eddy Raven [59]
November 25 "Yellow Roses" Dolly Parton [60]
December 2 "It's Just a Matter of Time" Randy Travis [61]
December 9 "If Tomorrow Never Comes" Garth Brooks [62]
December 16 "Two Dozen Roses" Shenandoah [63]
December 23 "A Woman in Love" Ronnie Milsap [64]
December 30 "Who's Lonely Now" Highway 101 [65]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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