List of Hot Country Singles number ones of 1971

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Lynn Anderson (pictured in 2011) had three number ones in 1971.

Hot Country Songs is a chart that ranks the top-performing country music songs in the United States, published by Billboard magazine. In 1971, 21 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]

The first number one of the year was "Rose Garden" by Lynn Anderson, which had been in the top spot since the issue of Billboard dated December 26, 1970, and remained at the top for four weeks in 1971. Charley Pride spent the highest total number of weeks at number one in 1971, spending 11 weeks in the top spot with "I'd Rather Love You", "I'm Just Me" and "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'". Lynn Anderson and Sonny James also each had three number ones during the year, as did Conway Twitty, who reached the top of the chart with one solo single and two duets with Loretta Lynn. The two singers would go on to achieve a string of duet hits in the 1970s and 1980s.[2] The longest unbroken run at number one in 1971 was achieved by Jerry Reed with "When You're Hot, You're Hot", which spent five consecutive weeks at number one during the summer.

In the issue of Billboard dated February 6, Dolly Parton reached number one for the first time with the single "Joshua".[3] Parton had risen to prominence when she began appearing alongside singer Porter Wagoner on his syndicated television show in 1967.[3] She scored a number of hits with duets with Wagoner as well as solo singles, and in 1971 achieved the first chart-topper of a career which would lead to her being regarded as the most successful female country performer of all time,[4] as well as achieving considerable success in pop music and acting.[3] "Joshua" was replaced in the top spot by another debut chart-topper for a female vocalist, "Help Me Make It Through the Night" by Sammi Smith, which was also a crossover hit, reaching the top 10 of Billboard's all-genre singles chart, the Hot 100.[5] Freddie Hart also achieved his first country number one in 1971.[6][7] Hart had been an active recording artist since the early 1950s and had his first Hot Country hit in 1959, but had never reached the top 10 until "Easy Loving" went to number one. It began a consistent run of top 10 hits which lasted until 1975, when his chart placings fell away once again.[6][7] The final number one of the year was Charley Pride's "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'", which was number one for the last four weeks of 1971.

Chart history

A blonde woman wearing dark clothing, holding a trophy in the shape of hands applauding
Dolly Parton (pictured in 2010) reached number one for the first time.
A dark-skinned man wearing a tuxedo, singing into a microphone
Charley Pride had three number ones in 1971 and spent the most weeks in the top spot of any artist.
A young woman with blonde curly hair, wearing dark clothing and sitting on grass
Sammi Smith was a first-time chart-topper with "Help Me Make It Through the Night".
An older woman with long brown hair wearing a long white dress, singing into a microphone
Loretta Lynn (pictured in 2005) had two chart-topping duets with Conway Twitty.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 2 "Rose Garden" Lynn Anderson [8]
January 9 [9]
January 16 [10]
January 23 [11]
January 30 "Flesh and Blood" Johnny Cash [12]
February 6 "Joshua" Dolly Parton [13]
February 13 "Help Me Make It Through the Night" Sammi Smith [14]
February 20 [15]
February 27 [16]
March 6 "I'd Rather Love You" Charley Pride [17]
March 13 [18]
March 20 [19]
March 27 "After the Fire Is Gone" Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn [20]
April 3 [21]
April 10 "Empty Arms" Sonny James [22]
April 17 [23]
April 24 [24]
May 1 [25]
May 8 "How Much More Can She Stand" Conway Twitty [26]
May 15 "I Won't Mention It Again" Ray Price [27]
May 22 [28]
May 29 [29]
June 5 "You're My Man" Lynn Anderson [30]
June 12 [31]
June 19 "When You're Hot, You're Hot" Jerry Reed [32]
June 26 [33]
July 3 [34]
July 10 [35]
July 17 [36]
July 24 "Bright Lights, Big City" Sonny James [37]
July 31 "I'm Just Me" Charley Pride [38]
August 7 [39]
August 14 [40]
August 21 [41]
August 28 "Good Lovin' (Makes It Right)" Tammy Wynette [42]
September 4 [43]
September 11 "Easy Loving" Freddie Hart [44]
September 18 "The Year Clayton Delaney Died" Tom T. Hall [45]
September 25 [46]
October 2 "Easy Loving" Freddie Hart [47]
October 9 [48]
October 16 "How Can I Unlove You" Lynn Anderson [49]
October 23 [50]
October 30 [51]
November 6 "Here Comes Honey Again" Sonny James [52]
November 13 "Lead Me On" Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn [53]
November 20 "Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)" Merle Haggard [54]
November 27 [55]
December 4 "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" Charley Pride [56]
December 11 [57]
December 18 [58]
December 25 [59]

See also

References

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  6. ^ a b Adams, Greg. "Freddie Hart Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
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  8. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for January 2, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
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  10. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for January 16, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  11. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for January 23, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  12. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for January 30, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  13. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for February 6, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  14. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for February 13, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  15. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for February 20, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  16. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for February 27, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  17. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for March 6, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  18. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for March 13, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  19. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for March 20, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  20. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for March 27, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  21. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for April 3, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  22. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for April 10, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  23. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for April 17, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  24. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for April 24, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  25. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for May 1, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  26. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for May 8, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  27. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for May 15, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  28. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for May 22, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  29. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for May 29, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  30. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for June 5, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  31. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for June 12, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  32. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for June 19, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  33. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for June 26, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  34. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for July 3, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  35. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for July 10, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  36. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for July 17, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  37. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for July 24, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  38. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for July 31, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  39. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for August 7, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  40. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for August 14, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  41. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for August 21, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  42. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for August 28, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  43. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for September 4, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  44. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for September 11, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  45. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for September 18, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  46. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for September 25, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  47. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for October 2, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  48. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for October 9, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  49. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for October 16, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  50. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for October 23, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  51. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for October 30, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  52. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for November 6, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  53. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for November 13, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  54. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for November 20, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  55. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for November 27, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  56. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for December 4, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  57. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for December 11, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  58. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for December 18, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  59. ^ "Hot Country Songs chart for December 25, 1971". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
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