List of Hot Country Singles number ones of 1975

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Glen Campbell (left) and John Denver both released singles in 1975 which topped both the country chart and the Billboard Hot 100

Hot Country Songs is a chart that ranks the top-performing country music songs in the United States, published by Billboard magazine. In 1975, 43 different singles topped the chart, then published under the title Hot Country Singles, in 52 issues of the magazine, based on playlists submitted by country music radio stations and sales reports submitted by stores.[1]

Merle Haggard had the most number ones in 1975, taking four different singles to the top spot. The four singles spent a total of five weeks at number one, tying Haggard with Freddy Fender for the highest number of weeks spent at number one by a single artist in 1975. When Fender topped the chart with "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" in the issue of Billboard dated March 15, he achieved the feat of topping the Hot Country chart with his very first hit.[2] The Tex-Mex-influenced song went on to be a crossover success, topping Billboard's all-genre singles chart, the Hot 100, in May.[3] Five other singles released in 1975 reached number one on both charts: "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" by B.J. Thomas,[4] "Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell,[5] both "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and "I'm Sorry" by John Denver,[3][6] and "Convoy" by C.W. McCall.[7]

In October, Willie Nelson had his first number one single with "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain", taken from his groundbreaking album Red Headed Stranger.[8] Nelson had been active as a songwriter since the 1960s, but his own recordings had achieved little success prior to 1975. "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" marked the start of his transformation into a major star of country music who remained a regular chart-topper for a decade and would come to be regarded as an icon of the genre.[8] Eight other artists topped the Hot Country chart for the first time in 1975. T. G. Sheppard achieved his first number one in February with "Devil in the Bottle", and followed it up later in the year with his second, "Tryin' to Beat the Morning Home".[9] Billie Jo Spears gained her only number one with "Blanket on the Ground",[10] as did Gary Stewart with "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)".[11] Linda Ronstadt and B. J. Thomas each topped the country chart for the first time having already achieved a chart-topper with an earlier single on the Hot 100.[12][13][14][15] Other acts to achieve a first number one on the Hot Country chart in 1975 were Jessi Colter,[16] Dickey Lee,[17] and C. W. McCall,[18] whose song "Convoy" reached the top of the chart in the issue of Billboard dated December 20, beginning a run which would ultimately last until the final issue of January 1976.[19]

Chart history[edit]

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Jessi Colter achieved her first number one in 1975
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Merle Haggard had four number ones during the year
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B. J. Thomas was one of five artists to top both the country chart and the Billboard Hot 100 with singles released in 1975
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 4 "The Door" George Jones [20]
January 11 "Ruby Baby" Billy "Crash" Craddock [21]
January 18 "Kentucky Gambler" Merle Haggard [22]
January 25 "(I'd Be) A Legend in My Time" Ronnie Milsap [23]
February 1 "City Lights" Mickey Gilley [24]
February 8 "Then Who Am I" Charley Pride [25]
February 15 "Devil in the Bottle" T.G. Sheppard [26]
February 22 "I Care" Tom T. Hall [27]
March 1 "It's Time to Pay the Fiddler" Cal Smith [28]
March 8 "Linda on My Mind" Conway Twitty [29]
March 15 "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" Freddy Fender [30]
March 22 [31]
March 29 "The Bargain Store" Dolly Parton [32]
April 5 "I Just Can't Get Her Out of My Mind" Johnny Rodriguez [33]
April 12 "Always Wanting You" Merle Haggard [34]
April 19 [35]
April 26 "Blanket on the Ground" Billie Jo Spears [36]
May 3 "Roll On Big Mama" Joe Stampley [37]
May 10 "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)" Gary Stewart [38]
May 17 "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" B.J. Thomas [39]
May 24 "I'm Not Lisa" Jessi Colter [40]
May 31 "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" John Denver [41]
June 7 "Window Up Above" Mickey Gilley [42]
June 14 "When Will I Be Loved" Linda Ronstadt [43]
June 21 "You're My Best Friend" Don Williams [44]
June 28 "Tryin' to Beat the Morning Home" T.G. Sheppard [45]
July 5 "Lizzie and the Rainman" Tanya Tucker [46]
July 12 "Movin' On" Merle Haggard [47]
July 19 "Touch the Hand" Conway Twitty [48]
July 26 [49]
August 2 "Just Get Up and Close the Door" Johnny Rodriguez [50]
August 9 "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" Freddy Fender [51]
August 16 [52]
August 23 "Rhinestone Cowboy" Glen Campbell [53]
August 30 [54]
September 6 "Feelins'" Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty [55]
September 13 "Rhinestone Cowboy" Glen Campbell [56]
September 20 "Daydreams About Night Things" Ronnie Milsap [57]
September 27 [58]
October 4 "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" Willie Nelson [59]
October 11 [60]
October 18 "Hope You're Feelin' Me (Like I'm Feelin' You)" Charley Pride [61]
October 25 "San Antonio Stroll" Tanya Tucker [62]
November 1 "(Turn Out the Light And) Love Me Tonight" Don Williams [63]
November 8 "I'm Sorry" John Denver [64]
November 15 "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" Waylon Jennings [65]
November 22 "Rocky" Dickey Lee [66]
November 29 "It's All in the Movies" Merle Haggard [67]
December 6 "Secret Love" Freddy Fender [68]
December 13 "Love Put a Song in My Heart" Johnny Rodriguez [69]
December 20 "Convoy" C. W. McCall [70]
December 27 [71]

See also[edit]

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