List of Billboard number-one country songs of 1948

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A fair-haired man in a dark jacket and light-coloured sweater playing a guitar and singing.
Eddy Arnold (pictured in 1969) almost completely dominated the number one spot in 1948

In 1948, Billboard magazine published two charts specifically covering the top-performing country music songs in the United States. At the start of the year Billboard's sole ranking of country music recordings was based on the number of times a song had been played in jukeboxes. The Most Played Juke Box Folk Records chart had been published since 1944 and was compiled based on a weekly survey of "a selected group of juke box operators whose locations require folk records". In May the magazine added a second country music chart, the Best Selling Folk Retail Records listing, based on a similar survey of "a selected group of retail stores, the majority of whose customers purchase folk records". Both charts are considered part of the lineage of the current Hot Country Songs chart, which was first published in 1958.[1]

The number one position on both charts was dominated almost entirely during 1948 by vocalist Eddy Arnold and his backing band the Tennessee Plowboys. One of the biggest country stars of the late 1940s,[2] Arnold was at number one on the jukebox chart at the start of the year with "I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)", which had been in the top spot for eight weeks in 1947 and remained there for a further thirteen weeks in 1948. This total of 21 weeks at number one set a record for Billboard's country charts which would stand for 65 years, until the duo Florida Georgia Line spent a 22nd week in the top spot with "Cruise" in 2013.[3] "I'll Hold You in My Heart" was replaced in the top spot by another of Arnold's songs, "Anytime", and this in turn was followed by runs at number one by his songs "Bouquet of Roses", "Texarkana Baby" and "Just a Little Lovin' (Will Go a Long Way)", meaning that Arnold occupied the number one position without interruption from the start of the year until the issue of Billboard dated November 27. In the November 27 issue another artist topped the chart for the first time in 1948 when Jimmy Wakely reached number one with "One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)", which tied with Arnold's "Just a Little Lovin' (Will Go a Long Way)" for the number one position before going to take the top spot outright the following week. Three weeks later, however, Arnold returned to number one in the final issue of the year.

Arnold was equally dominant on the retail chart, topping the listing with five songs including "A Heart Full of Love (For a Handful of Kisses)", which did not reach number one on the jukebox chart, with Jimmy Wakely again the only other artist to reach the number one spot. Arnold ended the year in the number one position on both charts, albeit with different songs. He would remain popular into the 1950s before his career went into a decline.[2] He would revive his fortunes in the mid-1960s by embracing the "Nashville sound", a newer style of country music which eschewed elements of the earlier honky-tonk style in favour of smooth productions which had a broader appeal,[4] and go on to achieve several more number ones.[2] Wakely, a former singing cowboy in Western movies, would remain popular until the 1970s but his final appearance in the upper reaches of the country chart was in 1951.[5][6]

Chart history

Most Played Juke Box Folk Records

Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 3 "I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)" Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys[a] [7]
January 10 [8]
January 17 [9]
January 24 [10]
January 31 [11]
February 7 [12]
February 14 [13]
February 21 [14]
February 28 [15]
March 6 [16]
March 13 [17]
March 20 [18]
March 27 [19]
April 3 "Anytime" [20]
April 10 [21]
April 17 [22]
April 24 [23]
May 1 [24]
May 8 [25]
May 15 [26]
May 22 [27]
May 29 [28]
June 5 "Texarkana Baby" [29]
June 12 [30]
June 19 "Bouquet of Roses" [31]
June 26 [32]
July 3 "Texarkana Baby" [33]
July 10 "Bouquet of Roses" [34]
July 17 [35]
July 24 [36]
July 31
August 7 [37]
August 14 [38]
August 21 [39]
August 28 [40]
September 4 [41]
September 11 [42]
September 18 [43]
September 25 [44]
October 2 [45]
October 9 "Just a Little Lovin' (Will Go a Long Way)" [46]
October 16 [47]
October 23 [48]
October 30 [49]
November 6 [50]
November 13 "Bouquet of Roses" [51]
November 20 "Just a Little Lovin' (Will Go a Long Way)" [52]
November 27[b] [53]
November 27[b] "One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)" Jimmy Wakely
December 4 [54]
December 11 [55]
December 18 [56]
December 25 "Bouquet of Roses" Eddy Arnold, the Tennessee Plowboy, and his Guitar [57]

Best Selling Retail Folk Records

Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
May 15 "Anytime" Eddy Arnold and his Tennessee Plowboys[a] [26]
May 22 [27]
May 29 [28]
June 5 "Bouquet of Roses" [29]
June 12 "Texarkana Baby" [30]
June 19 "Bouquet of Roses" [31]
June 26 [32]
July 3 [33]
July 10 [34]
July 17 [35]
July 24 [36]
July 31
August 7 [37]
August 14 [38]
August 21 [39]
August 28 [40]
September 4 [41]
September 11 [42]
September 18 "Just a Little Lovin' (Will Go a Long Way)" [43]
September 25 "Bouquet of Roses" [44]
October 2 [45]
October 9 "Just a Little Lovin' (Will Go a Long Way)" [46]
October 16 "Bouquet of Roses" [47]
October 23 "Just a Little Lovin' (Will Go a Long Way)" [48]
October 30 "Bouquet of Roses" [49]
November 6 "Just a Little Lovin' (Will Go a Long Way)" [50]
November 13 "One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)" Jimmy Wakely [51]
November 20 "Bouquet of Roses" Eddy Arnold, the Tennessee Plowboy, and his Guitar [52]
November 27 "One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)" Jimmy Wakely [53]
December 4 [54]
December 11 [55]
December 18 [56]
December 25 "A Heart Full of Love (For a Handful of Kisses)" Eddy Arnold, the Tennessee Plowboy, and his Guitar [57]

a. ^ Charts from the issue of Billboard dated November 6 onwards showed the artist credit as "Eddy Arnold, the Tennessee Plowboy, and his Guitar".
b. ^ Two songs tied for number one.

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Eddy Arnold Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  3. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (August 1, 2013). "Florida Georgia Line set all-time chart record with 'Cruise'". The Boot. Townsquare Media. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Miller, Zell (1996). They Heard Georgia Singing. Mercer University Press. p. 22. ISBN 9780865545045.
  5. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Jimmy Wakely Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits. Billboard Books. p. 340. ISBN 9780823082896.
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