Reba McEntire Recalls Getting Her First No. 1 in 1983: 'Took A Long Time, But Boy It Was Worth It!'

In the “My Billboard Moment” video series, artists reflect upon the very first time they saw themselves earn recognition by Billboard, whether it be a chart achievement, a magazine cover, or anything else they consider to be memorable. This week, Reba McEntire recalls her very first appearance on the Hot Country Songs chart, as well as her first No. 1.

It was in 1976, McEntire recalls, when she appeared on the country chart for the very first time with her single "I Don't Want to Be a One Night Stand," which peaked at No. 88.

“I didn't do very well on my very first one,” she notes. “If I had started my career today and it went like it did in '76, I would be home washing dishes, singing in the shower.”

The country star also recalls her very first No. 1 with her song "Can't Even Get the Blues," which topped the Hot Country Songs chart in 1983.

“I had a long period of time before my first, after my first single to my No. 1 record,” she remembers. “Took a long time, but boy it was worth it!”

You can check out the full video interview with Reba McEntire above.


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