30 Strait Years Of Top 10 Hits

Texas: Even if all his exes reportedly live there, George Strait can't hide from the fact that he's sent more songs to No. 1 on Country Songs (44) than any act on any Billboard chart. With top 10s annually on Country Songs since 1981, Strait, born in Poteet, is the only artist to score a top 10 on the same survey for as many as 32 "Strait" years.
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30 years into his unparalleled career, the "King of Country" shows no signs of abdicating the throne.

George Strait reaches an historic Billboard chart milestone, as he collects a top 10 hit on the Country Songs survey in an unprecedented 30th consecutive year. The Country Music Hall of Fame singer's "I Gotta Get to You" jumps from No. 12 to No. 9 on the radio airplay list.

No artist in the history of any Billboard chart had previously linked such a lengthy streak of top 10 titles.

Strait first reached the top 10 on Country Songs with his first chart entry, "Unwound," in 1981. He has sent at least one song into the top bracket each year since.

In his career, "I Gotta Get to You" marks Strait's 82nd top 10 on Country Songs, a sum second only to Eddy Arnold's record 92. Billboard's Country Songs chart launched in 1944; since 1990, it has utilized monitored airplay data provided by Nielsen BDS.

Included in Strait's count of 82 top 10s are 44 No. 1s, the most by any artist on any Billboard chart. He first reigned with "Fool Hearted Memory" in 1982. He most recently led with "River of Love" a year ago this month.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has certified Strait as the 12th-best-selling artist in U.S. history, with career album sales of 68.5 million.

His current album, "Twang," has sold 551,000 copies since its release in August, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Click on page 2 for a chronological look at Strait's peerless streak.Year
Peak Position, TITLE

1981
6, UNWOUND

1982
3, IF YOU'RE THINKING YOU WANT A STRANGER (THERE'S ONE COMING HOME)
1 (one week), FOOL HEARTED MEMORY
6, MARINA DEL RAY

1983
4, AMARILLO BY MORNING
1 (one week), A FIRE I CAN'T PUT OUT

1984
1 (one week), YOU LOOK SO GOOD IN LOVE
1 (one week), RIGHT OR WRONG
1 (one week), LET'S FALL TO PIECES TOGETHER

1985
1 (one week), DOES FORT WORTH EVER CROSS YOUR MIND
5, THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY
5, THE FIREMAN
1 (one week), THE CHAIR

1986
4, YOU'RE SOMETHING SPECIAL TO ME
1 (one week), NOBODY IN HIS RIGHT MIND WOULD'VE LEFT HER
1 (one week), IT AIN'T COOL TO BE CRAZY ABOUT YOU

1987
1 (one week), OCEAN FRONT PROPERTY
1 (one week), ALL MY EX'S LIVE IN TEXAS
1 (one week), AM I BLUE

1988
1 (one week), FAMOUS LAST WORDS OF A FOOL
1 (one week), BABY BLUE
1 (one week), IF YOU AIN'T LOVIN' (YOU AIN'T LIVIN')

1989
1 (one week), BABY'S GOTTEN GOOD AT GOODBYE
1 (one week), WHAT'S GOING ON IN YOUR WORLD
1 (one week), ACE IN THE HOLE

1990
8, OVERNIGHT SUCCESS
1 (five weeks), LOVE WITHOUT END, AMEN
4, DRINKING CHAMPAGNE
1 (five weeks), I'VE COME TO EXPECT IT FROM YOUYear
Peak Position, TITLE

1991
1 (two weeks), IF I KNOW ME
1 (three weeks), YOU KNOW ME BETTER THAN THAT
3, THE CHILL OF AN EARLY FALL

1992
5, GONE AS A GIRL CAN GET
3, SO MUCH LIKE MY DAD
1 (two weeks), I CROSS MY HEART

1993
1 (one week), HEARTLAND
6, WHEN DID YOU STOP LOVING ME
1 (two weeks), EASY COME, EASY GO

1994
3, I'D LIKE TO HAVE THAT ONE BACK
8, LOVEBUG
4, THE MAN IN LOVE WITH YOU
1 (one week), THE BIG ONE

1995
1 (one week), YOU CAN'T MAKE A HEART LOVE SOMEBODY
3, ADALIDA
7, LEAD ON
1 (four weeks), CHECK YES OR NO

1996
5, I KNOW SHE STILL LOVES ME
1 (two weeks), BLUE CLEAR SKY
1 (three weeks), CARRIED AWAY
4, I CAN STILL MAKE CHEYENNE

1997
1 (five weeks), ONE NIGHT AT A TIME
1 (four weeks), CARRYING YOUR LOVE WITH ME
3, TODAY MY WORLD SLIPPED AWAY

1998
1 (two weeks), ROUND ABOUT WAY
1 (three weeks), I JUST WANT TO DANCE WITH YOU
2, TRUE
4, WE REALLY SHOULDN'T BE DOING THIS

1999
4, MEANWHILE
1 (four weeks), WRITE THIS DOWN
4, WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THAT

2000
1 (three weeks), THE BEST DAY
2, GO ONYear
Peak Position, TITLE

2001
5, IF YOU CAN DO ANYTHING ELSE
2, RUN

2002
1 (two weeks), LIVING AND LIVING WELL
1 (two weeks), SHE'LL LEAVE YOU WITH A SMILE

2003
2, COWBOYS LIKE US

2004
6, DESPERATELY
8, HEY GOOD LOOKIN' (Jimmy Buffett with Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith & George Strait)
1 (two weeks), I HATE EVERYTHING

2005
4, YOU'LL BE THERE

2006
1 (one week), SHE LET HERSELF GO
1 (two weeks), GIVE IT AWAY

2007

1 (two weeks), IT JUST COMES NATURAL
2, WRAPPED
3, HOW 'BOUT THEM COWGIRLS

2008
2, SHIFTWORK (Kenny Chesney with George Strait)
1 (two weeks), I SAW GOD TODAY
7, TROUBADOUR

2009
1 (one week), RIVER OF LOVE
2, LIVING FOR THE NIGHT

2010

9 (to date), I GOTTA GET TO YOU