George Strait Heading For Billboard 200's Top Debut
George Strait Heading For Billboard 200's Top Debut

George Strait climbs closer to Eddy Arnold's record for most top 10s in the 67-year history of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Here for a Good Time" rises 11-9. The song is Strait's 84th top 10 on the tally, a sum second only to Arnold's 92, which the late legend collected between 1945 and 1980.

Strait first reached the Hot Country Songs top 10 with his introductory chart entry, "Unwound" (No. 6), in 1981. He has sent at least one song into the top bracket each year since.

"Good Time," which registered 24 million audience impressions, up 8%, in the chart's Aug. 29-Sept. 4 tracking week, according to Nielsen BDS, is the title cut from Strait's 39th studio album, due tomorrow (Sept. 6). The track is one of seven on the set that the King of Country co-wrote with his son Bubba and songwriter Dean Dillon. The album also sports a featured turn by Faith Hill on "A Showman's Life."

Should "Good Time" reach No. 1, Strait would add to his record for most toppers in the Hot Country Songs chart's history. He has banked 44 leaders, having reigned most recently with "River of Love" in 2009.

Here is a look at the artists with the most Hot Country Songs top 10s:

Total Top 10s, Artist
92, Eddy Arnold
84, George Strait
78, George Jones
75, Conway Twitty
71, Merle Haggard
59, Reba McEntire
57, Ernest Tubb
56, Red Foley
55, Dolly Parton
54, Waylon Jennings
54, Webb Pierce

Sharing headlines with Strait, Jake Owen celebrates his first Hot Country Songs No. 1, as "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" ascends 2-1. Owen first appeared on the chart in 2006 with the No. 16-peaking "Yee Haw" and had previously peaked as high as No. 2 with "Don't Think I Can't Love You" in 2009.

All charts will be refreshed Thursday (Sept. 8) on Billboard.biz.

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