List of Hot Country Songs number ones of 2011

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Husband and wife duo Thompson Square topped the chart for the first time.

Hot Country Songs is a chart that ranks the top-performing country music songs in the United States, published by Billboard magazine. In 2011, 34 different songs topped the chart in 52 issues of the magazine, based on weekly airplay data from country music radio stations compiled by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems.[1]

In the issue dated January 1, Reba McEntire (credited for this release simply as Reba), moved to number one with "Turn On the Radio", replacing "Why Wait" by Rascal Flatts, which had held the top spot since the issue of Billboard dated December 18, 2010.[2] It was the 25th number-one country single of McEntire's career, tying the record for the highest number of chart-toppers by a female artist held by Dolly Parton.[3] Blake Shelton spent the most weeks in the top spot in 2011, with eight, and his song "Honey Bee" had the longest run at the top by an individual song, spending four weeks in the top spot. Shelton was one of two acts to reach the top spot with three different songs, the other being Zac Brown Band. Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and Chris Young each had two number ones. Paisley's two chart-toppers were both collaborations, one with Carrie Underwood and one with the band Alabama. Their appearance on the song "Old Alabama" gave the namesake band their first number one for 18 years.[4]

Four acts topped the chart for the first time in 2011. The first was the duo Thompson Square, who spent a single week at number one in April with "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not".[5] In September, Jake Owen reached number one for the first time with "Barefoot Blue Jean Night",[6] followed in November by "Crazy Girl" by Eli Young Band.[7] Although it only spent a single week at the top, "Crazy Girl" was ranked number one on Billboard's year-end chart of the most popular country songs.[8] The final act to reach number one for the first time was Brantley Gilbert, who took "Country Must Be Country Wide" to the top spot in December.[9] The final number one of the year was "Keep Me in Mind" by Zac Brown Band.

Chart history

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Brantley Gilbert achieved his first number one in 2011 with "Country Must Be Country Wide".
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Blake Shelton spent the most weeks at number one of any artist in 2011.
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Sara Evans was the only female soloist to spend more than one week at number one.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 1 "Turn On the Radio" Reba[A] [10]
January 8 "Felt Good on My Lips" Tim McGraw [11]
January 15 [12]
January 22 [13]
January 29 "Somewhere with You" Kenny Chesney [14]
February 5 [15]
February 12 [16]
February 19 "Voices" Chris Young [17]
February 26 "Someone Else Calling You Baby" Luke Bryan [18]
March 5 "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking" Blake Shelton [19]
March 12 "Don't You Wanna Stay" Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson [20]
March 19 [21]
March 26 [22]
April 2 "Let Me Down Easy" Billy Currington [23]
April 9 "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" Thompson Square [24]
April 16 "Colder Weather" Zac Brown Band [25]
April 23 [26]
April 30 "This" Darius Rucker [27]
May 7 "Live a Little" Kenny Chesney [28]
May 14 "A Little Bit Stronger" Sara Evans [29]
May 21 [30]
May 28 "Heart Like Mine" Miranda Lambert [31]
June 4 "Old Alabama" Brad Paisley featuring Alabama [32]
June 11 [33]
June 18 "Without You" Keith Urban [34]
June 25 "Honey Bee" Blake Shelton [35]
July 2 [36]
July 9 [37]
July 16 [38]
July 23 "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" Justin Moore [39]
July 30 "Dirt Road Anthem" Jason Aldean [40]
August 6 "Tomorrow" Chris Young [41]
August 13 "Knee Deep" Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett [42]
August 20 "Just a Kiss" Lady Antebellum [43]
August 27 [44]
September 3 "Am I the Only One" Dierks Bentley [45]
September 10 "Remind Me" Brad Paisley, duet with Carrie Underwood [46]
September 17 "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" Jake Owen [47]
September 24 [48]
October 1 "Take a Back Road" Rodney Atkins [49]
October 8 [50]
October 15 "Made in America" Toby Keith [51]
October 22 "Long Hot Summer" Keith Urban [52]
October 29 "God Gave Me You" Blake Shelton [53]
November 5 [54]
November 12 [55]
November 19 "Crazy Girl" Eli Young Band [56]
November 26 "Sparks Fly" Taylor Swift [57]
December 3 "Country Must Be Country Wide" Brantley Gilbert [58]
December 10 "We Owned the Night" Lady Antebellum [59]
December 17 [60]
December 24 "Keep Me in Mind" Zac Brown Band [61]
December 31 [62]
  1. ^ Reba McEntire was credited simply as Reba on this release.[10]

See also

References

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