List of Hot Country Singles number ones of 1962

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George Jones had a six-week run at number one with "She Thinks I Still Care".

Hot Country Songs is a chart that ranks the top-performing country music songs in the United States, published by Billboard magazine. In 1962, 11 different singles topped the chart in 52 issues of the magazine, based on playlists submitted by country music radio stations and sales reports submitted by stores. The chart was published under the title Hot C&W Sides through the October 27 issue and Hot Country Singles thereafter, a title it would retain until 1990.[1]

At the start of the year, the number one song was "Walk On By" by Leroy Van Dyke, which had been in the top spot since the issue of Billboard dated December 4, 1961.[2] The song had spent ten non-consecutive weeks at the top of the chart in 1961 and held the position for a further nine weeks in 1962 for a total of nineteen weeks at number one.[3] This figure set a record for the most weeks at number one since Billboard combined country music sales and airplay into a single chart in 1958 and would remain the record for more than 50 years until Florida Georgia Line spent 24 weeks at number one between December 2012 and August 2013 with the song "Cruise".[3] Claude King tied Van Dyke for the most weeks spent at number one in the calendar year of 1962, with an unbroken run of nine weeks with the song "Wolverton Mountain". Marty Robbins had an eight-week run at the top with "Devil Woman".

In 1962, Sheb Wooley reached number one with his first country hit, "That's My Pa", which spent one week in the top spot in March. Wooley had achieved success on the pop charts in 1958 with the million-selling hit "The Purple People Eater", but never previously appeared on the country chart.[4] In April, Billy Walker achieved the only chart-topper of his career with "Charlie's Shoes",[5][6] and in June Claude King similarly topped the chart for the only time with "Wolverton Mountain".[7] In the issue of Billboard dated October 27, Bill Anderson reached the top spot for the first time with "Mama Sang a Song",[8] and two weeks later Hank Snow achieved his first Hot Country number one with "I've Been Everywhere". Snow had gained several chart-toppers on Billboard's earlier country music charts which tracked sales and airplay separately,[9] but "I've Been Everywhere" was his first number one since the magazine amalgamated the charts into a combined overall listing in 1958.[10] He would not top the chart again until 1974.[10] The final number one of the year was "Don't Let Me Cross Over" by husband-and-wife duo Carl Butler and Pearl, another first-time chart-topper.[11]

Chart history[edit]

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Claude King spent nine consecutive weeks at number one with "Wolverton Mountain".
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Porter Wagoner topped the chart with "Misery Loves Company".
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Sheb Wooley had had previous pop hits, but "That's My Pa" was his first ever country hit.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 6 "Walk On By" Leroy Van Dyke [12]
January 13 [13]
January 20 [14]
January 27 [15]
February 3 [16]
February 10 [17]
February 17 [18]
February 24 [19]
March 3 [20]
March 10 "Misery Loves Company" Porter Wagoner [21]
March 17 "That's My Pa" Sheb Wooley [22]
March 24 "Misery Loves Company" Porter Wagoner [23]
March 31 "She's Got You" Patsy Cline [24]
April 7 [25]
April 14 [26]
April 21 [27]
April 28 "Charlie's Shoes" Billy Walker [28]
May 5 "She's Got You" Patsy Cline [29]
May 12 "Charlie's Shoes" Billy Walker [30]
May 19 "She Thinks I Still Care" George Jones [31]
May 26 [32]
June 2 [33]
June 9 [34]
June 16 [35]
June 23 [36]
June 30 "Wolverton Mountain" Claude King [37]
July 7 [38]
July 14 [39]
July 21 [40]
July 28 [41]
August 4 [42]
August 11 [43]
August 18 [44]
August 25 [45]
September 1 "Devil Woman" Marty Robbins [46]
September 8 [47]
September 15 [48]
September 22 [49]
September 29 [50]
October 6 [51]
October 13 [52]
October 20 [53]
October 27 "Mama Sang a Song" Bill Anderson [54]
November 3 [55]
November 10 "I've Been Everywhere" Hank Snow [56]
November 17 "Mama Sang a Song" Bill Anderson [57]
November 24 [58]
December 1 [59]
December 8 [60]
December 15 "I've Been Everywhere" Hank Snow [61]
December 22 "Mama Sang a Song" Bill Anderson [62]
December 29 "Don't Let Me Cross Over" Carl Butler and Pearl [63]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b "Sam Hunt Makes Chart History With "Body Like a Back Road"". CMT. August 1, 2017. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  4. ^ Aaker, Everett (2017). Television Western Players, 1960-1975: A Biographical Dictionary. McFarland. p. 449. ISBN 9781476662503. 
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  6. ^ McCall, Michael; Rumble, John; Kingsbury, Paul (2004). The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Oxford University Press. p. 566. ISBN 9780199770557. 
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  11. ^ "Carl & Pearl Butler Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved April 14, 2018. 
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  13. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for January 13, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for January 20, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  15. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for January 27, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  16. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for February 3, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for February 10, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for February 17, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for February 24, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  20. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for March 3, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  21. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for March 10, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  22. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for March 17, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  23. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for March 24, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  24. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for March 31, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  25. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for April 7, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  26. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for April 14, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  27. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for April 21, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  28. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for April 28, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  29. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for May 5, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  30. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for May 12, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  31. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for May 19, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  32. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for May 26, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  33. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for June 2, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  34. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for June 9, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  35. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for June 16, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  36. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for June 23, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  37. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for June 30, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  38. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for July 7, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  39. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for July 14, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  40. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for July 21, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  41. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for July 28, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  42. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for August 4, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  43. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for August 11, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  44. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for August 18, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  45. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for August 25, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
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  48. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for September 15, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  49. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for September 22, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  50. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for September 29, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  51. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for October 6, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  52. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for October 13, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  53. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for October 20, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  54. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for October 27, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  55. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for November 3, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  56. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for November 10, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  57. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for November 17, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  58. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for November 24, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  59. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for December 1, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  60. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for December 8, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  61. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for December 15, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  62. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for December 22, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  63. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for December 29, 1962". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2018.