Merle Haggard Notched 38 No. 1s on Billboard's Hot Country Songs Chart

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Merle Haggard poses at his ranch on Oct. 2, 2007 at Palo Cedro, Calif. 

The late legend had the third-most No. 1 singles in the chart's history.

Upon the April 6 death of country music icon Merle Haggard at age 79, Billboard presents a chronological listing of all 38 of his No. 1 singles on our Hot Country Songs chart. Haggard first led with "The Fugitive" in 1967 and last reigned with "Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star" in 1988.

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With 38 total toppers, Haggard ranks third for the most Hot Country Songs No. 1s of all time (dating to the chart's 1958 inception as an all-encompassing genre ranking). George Strait leads with 44, followed by Conway Twitty, with 40. Below Haggard, Ronnie Milsap (35) and Alabama (33) round out the top five.

Meanwhile, Haggard remained a force on the all-format Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top Country Albums chart as recently as last year. On June 20, 2015, Haggard and Nelson debuted at Nos. 7 and 1 on the tallies, respectively, with their collaborative Django and Jimmie. After appearing on the Billboard 200 since 1967, the set marked Haggard's first top 10 on the list at last. On Top Country Albums, it became his first No. 1 debut and his 16th No. 1 overall, the second-best sum since the chart began in 1964. Only Strait has more (25).

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In honor of his legacy, here is a look back at Merle Haggard's 38 No. 1s on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart:

Title, Date Reached No. 1, Weeks at No. 1

"The Fugitive/Someone Told My Story," March 4, 1967, 1
"Branded Man," Sept. 2, 1967, 1
"Sing Me Back Home," Jan. 20, 1968, 2
"The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde," April 27, 1968, 2
"Mama Tried," Aug. 31, 1968, 4
"Hungry Eyes," May 10, 1969, 1
"Workin' Man Blues," Aug. 16, 1969, 1

"Okie From Muskogee," Nov. 15, 1969, 4
"The Fightin' Side of Me," March 14, 1970, 3
"Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)," Nov. 20, 1971, 2
"Carolyn," Jan. 15, 1972, 3
"Grandma Harp/Turnin' Off A Memory," May 13, 1972, 2
"It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)," Nov. 4, 1972, 1
"I Wonder If They Ever Think of Me," Feb. 17, 1973, 1
"Everybody's Had the Blues," Aug. 25, 1973, 2
"If We Make It Through December," Dec. 22, 1973, 4
"Things Aren't Funny Anymore," May 4, 1974, 1
"Old Man From the Mountain," Aug. 24, 1974, 1
"Kentucky Gambler," Jan. 18, 1975, 1
"Always Wanting You," April 12, 1975, 2
"Movin' On," July 12, 1975, 1
"It's All in the Movies," Nov. 29, 1975, 1
"The Roots Of My Raising," March 13, 1976, 1
"Cherokee Maiden/What Have You Got Planned Tonight," Nov. 6, 1976, 1
"Bar Room Buddies" (Merle Haggard and Clint Eastwood), July 26, 1980, 1
"I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink," Jan. 10, 1981, 1
"My Favorite Memory," Nov. 28, 1981, 1
"Big City," April 10, 1982, 1
"Yesterday's Wine" (Merle Haggard/George Jones), Oct. 9, 1982, 1
"Going Where the Lonely Go," Jan. 15, 1983, 1
"You Take Me for Granted," May 28, 1983, 1

"Pancho & Lefty" (Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard), July 23, 1983, 1
"That's the Way Love Goes," Feb. 11, 1984, 1
"Someday When Things Are Good," June 9, 1984, 1
"Let's Chase Each Other Around the Room," Sept. 22, 1984, 1
"A Place to Fall Apart" (with Janie Fricke), Feb. 2, 1985, 1
"Natural High," June 8, 1985, 1
"Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star," Feb. 20, 1988, 1

*Haggard's first 24 No. 1s, through "Cherokee Maiden," were credited to Merle Haggard & the Strangers