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Don Williams' Biggest Billboard Chart Hits

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Don Williams

The Gentle Giant was a core artist at country radio for multiple decades.

During his long and accomplished career, Don Williams, who died after a short illness on Sept. 8, at age 78, rolled up an extraordinary list of hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.

Long considered a staple at country radio, Williams, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010, collected 57 Hot Country Songs chart appearances between 1972 and 1992, including 17 No. 1s among 45 top 10s.

With his broad six-foot-plus frame and big, smooth baritone voice, Williams earned the nickname the "Gentle Giant" of the genre.

"His music was so important to all of us in country radio," Charlie Cook, vp of country, Cumulus Media, tells Billboard. "We still play his music on [the classics-based] Nash Icon. I think that he was so indispensable at country radio because of his great songs, but also because behind that vast reassuring voice -- which, we would joke, was the voice of God -- was this soft, down-to-earth way that he carried himself. He was a joy to talk to."

"He was one of the strongest-researching artists in the early days of music testing," says country radio consultant Joel Raab. "He was important to me personally, too," he adds. "Williams didn't say much, but he spoke volumes with his incredible music. My wife and I courted to the soundtrack of Don Williams. When we met, she didn't know that much about country music, but she quickly grew to love the sound of Don Williams."

In 2016, when Billboard compiled a listing of the greatest of all time country artists, Williams ranked at No. 26.

Here is a look at Don Williams' biggest hits on the Hot Country Songs chart.

1. “Lord I Hope This Day Is Good,” No. 1 (one week), Feb. 27, 1982
2. “I Believe in You,” No. 1 (two weeks), Oct. 18, 1980
3. “Say It Again,” No. 1 (one week), Aug. 14, 1976
4. “Listen to the Radio,” No. 3,  July 3, 1982
5. “You’re My Best Friend,” No. 1 (one week), June 21, 1975
6. “Till the Rivers Run Dry,” No. 1 (one week), March 27, 1976
7. “That’s the Thing About Love,” No. 1 (one week), Aug. 11, 1984
8. “Love Me Over Again,” No. 1 (one week), Feb. 16, 1980
9. “It Must Be Love,” No. 1 (one week), Sept. 29, 1979
10. “Nobody but You,” No. 2, Oct. 22, 1983
11. “Stay Young,” No. 1 (one week), Feb. 25, 1984
12. “Love Is on a Roll,” No. 1 (one week), July 2, 1983
13. “Good Ole’ Boys Like Me,” No. 2, May 31, 1980
14. “Heartbeat in the Darkness,” No. 1 (one week), Aug. 30, 1986
15. “One Good Well,” No. 4, July 22, 1989
16. “If Hollywood Don’t Need You,” No. 1 (one week), March 5, 1983
17. “Tulsa Time,” No. 1 (one week), Jan. 6, 1979
18. “(Turn Out The Light) And Love Me Tonight,” No. 1 (one week), Nov. 1, 1975
19. “Then It’s Love,” No. 3, Jan 17, 1987
20. “I’ve Been Loved by the Best,” No. 4, Dec. 2, 1989

Don Williams' Biggest Billboard Hot Country Songs Hits chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Hot Country Songs chart through the Sept. 16, 2017 ranking. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower ranks earning proportionally less. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.

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