List of Billboard number-one country songs of 1955

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Tennessee Ernie Ford's song "Sixteen Tons" ended the year at number one on two of the three charts.

In 1955 Billboard magazine published three charts covering the best-performing country music songs in the United States: Most Played in Juke Boxes, Best Sellers in Stores, and Most Played By Jockeys. All three charts are considered part of the lineage of the current Hot Country Songs chart, which was first published in 1958.[1]

As in the previous year, the number one position on all three charts was dominated during 1955 by Webb Pierce, the most successful country singer of the mid-1950s.[2] His rendition of "In the Jailhouse Now", an early 20th century song most associated in the country music field with 1920s country pioneer Jimmie Rodgers,[3][4] spent 21 weeks at number one on the juke box chart, tying the record held by Eddy Arnold's "I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)" (1947–48) and Hank Snow's "I'm Moving On" (1950) for the most weeks spent atop one of Billboard's country charts.[5] The three songs would share the record for more than fifty years, until Florida Georgia Line spent a 22nd week at number one on the Hot Country Songs listing in 2013 with "Cruise".[5] "In the Jailhouse Now" was also the longest-running chart-topper of 1955 on both the best sellers and jockeys charts, spending 20 weeks and 15 weeks respectively in the top spot. Pierce's grip on the number one position was strongest on the juke box chart, on which he spent 47 weeks at number one, including one week when he tied for the top spot. Carl Smith (four weeks, including one tied with Pierce), Eddy Arnold (two weeks) and Tennessee Ernie Ford (one week) were the only other artists to top that listing in issues of Billboard with a cover date of 1955.

The same four artists were also the only ones to top the best sellers chart, but three other acts reached number one on the jockeys chart, including two who achieved their first chart-toppers in 1955. Faron Young reached number one for the first time in June with "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young", which spent three weeks topping the listing.[6] The song was replaced in the top spot by "A Satisfied Mind" by Porter Wagoner, which was similarly the first appearance at number one for the singer.[7] The third artist to top only the jockeys chart was Hank Snow, who reached number one on the airplay-based listing with "Let Me Go, Lover!" The final number one of the year on both the juke box and best sellers charts was Tennessee Ernie Ford's "Sixteen Tons", which also crossed over to top the magazine's pop charts.[8] The last jockeys chart of 1955 had Pierce at number one with "Love, Love, Love".

Chart history

Most Played in Juke Boxes

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"That Do Make It Nice" by Eddy Arnold (pictured in 1969) ended Webb Pierce's eight-month occupation of the number one position on the juke box chart.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 1 "More And More" Webb Pierce [9]
January 8 [10]
January 15 [11]
January 22[a] [12]
"Loose Talk" Carl Smith
January 29 [13]
February 5 [14]
February 12 [15]
February 19 "More And More" Webb Pierce [16]
February 26 [17]
March 5 "In the Jailhouse Now" [18]
March 12 [19]
March 19 [20]
March 26 [21]
April 2 [22]
April 9 [23]
April 16 [24]
April 23 [25]
April 30 [26]
May 7 [27]
May 14 [28]
May 21 [29]
May 28 [30]
June 4 [31]
June 11 [32]
June 18 [33]
June 25 [34]
July 2 [35]
July 9 [36]
July 16 [37]
July 23 [38]
July 30 "I Don't Care" [39]
August 6 [40]
August 13 [41]
August 20 [42]
August 27 [43]
September 3 [44]
September 10 [45]
September 17 [46]
September 24 [47]
October 1 [48]
October 8 [49]
October 15 [50]
October 22 "That Do Make It Nice" Eddy Arnold [51]
October 29 [52]
November 5 "Love, Love, Love" Webb Pierce [53]
November 12 [54]
November 19 [55]
November 26 [56]
December 3 [57]
December 10 [58]
December 17 [59]
December 24 [60]
December 31 "Sixteen Tons" Tennessee Ernie Ford [61]

a. ^ Two songs tied for number one.

Best Sellers in Stores

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Webb Pierce held the number one position on the best sellers chart from February to October.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 1 "More And More" Webb Pierce [9]
January 8 "Loose Talk" Carl Smith [10]
January 15 [11]
January 22 [12]
January 29 [13]
February 5 [14]
February 12 [15]
February 19 [16]
February 26 "In the Jailhouse Now" Webb Pierce [17]
March 5 [18]
March 12 [19]
March 19 [20]
March 26 [21]
April 2 [22]
April 9 [23]
April 16 [24]
April 23 [25]
April 30 [26]
May 7 [27]
May 14 [28]
May 21 [29]
May 28 [30]
June 4 [31]
June 11 [32]
June 18 [33]
June 25 [34]
July 2 [35]
July 9 [36]
July 16 "I Don't Care" [37]
July 23 [38]
July 30 [39]
August 6 [40]
August 13 [41]
August 20 [42]
August 27 [43]
September 3 [44]
September 10 [45]
September 17 [46]
September 24 [47]
October 1 [48]
October 8 "Cattle Call" Eddy Arnold [49]
October 15 [50]
October 22 "Love, Love, Love" Webb Pierce [51]
October 29 [52]
November 5 [53]
November 12 [54]
November 19 [55]
November 26 [56]
December 3 [57]
December 10 [58]
December 17 "Sixteen Tons" Tennessee Ernie Ford [59]
December 24 [60]
December 31 [61]

Most Played by Jockeys

A man in an elaborately-patterned suit, sitting on a stool and leaning on the neck of a guitar. A blonde woman stands to his left, resting her hands on his shoulder.
Porter Wagoner (pictured with Dolly Parton in 1969) had his first number one in 1955.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 1 "More And More" Webb Pierce [9]
January 8 "Loose Talk" Carl Smith [10]
January 15 [11]
January 22 [12]
January 29 "Let Me Go, Lover!" Hank Snow [13]
February 5 [14]
February 12 "Loose Talk" Carl Smith [15]
February 19 [16]
February 26 [17]
March 5 "In the Jailhouse Now" Webb Pierce [18]
March 12 [19]
March 19 [20]
March 26 [21]
April 2 [22]
April 9 [23]
April 16 [24]
April 23 [25]
April 30 [26]
May 7 [27]
May 14 [28]
May 21 [29]
May 28 [30]
June 4 [31]
June 11 [32]
June 18 "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young" Faron Young [33]
June 25 [34]
July 2 [35]
July 9 "A Satisfied Mind" Porter Wagoner [36]
July 16 [37]
July 23 [38]
July 30 [39]
August 6 "I Don't Care" Webb Pierce [40]
August 13 [41]
August 20 [42]
August 27 [43]
September 3 [44]
September 10 [45]
September 17 [46]
September 24 [47]
October 1 [48]
October 8 [49]
October 15 [50]
October 22 [51]
October 29 "Love, Love, Love" [52]
November 5 [53]
November 12 [54]
November 19 [55]
November 26 [56]
December 3 [57]
December 10 [58]
December 17 [59]
December 24 [60]
December 31 [61]

See also

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