George Strait pushes closer to Eddy Arnold’s record for the most top 10s in the 68-year history of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, as “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright” rises 11-10.
The song is Strait’s 85th 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 tier each year since.
“Alright,” which registered 24 million audience impressions (up 6%) in the chart’s Jan. 30-Feb. 4 tracking week, according to Nielsen BDS, is the second single from Strait’s 39th studio album, “Here for a Good Time.” The title track rose to No. 2 on Hot Country Songs in October.
Here is a look at the artists with the most Hot Country Songs top 10s:
Total Top 10s, Artist
92, Eddy Arnold
85, 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
Should “Alright” reach No. 1, Strait would add to his record for most toppers in the Hot Country Songs chart’s archives. He has banked 44 leaders, having reigned most recently with “River of Love” in 2009.
Sharing headlines with Strait, the Band Perry celebrates its second Hot Country Songs No. 1, as “All Your Life” ascends 3-1. The trio first reigned with “If I Die Young” the week of Dec. 11, 2010. Its last single, “You Lie,” reached No. 2 in July.
All charts will be refreshed Thursday (Feb. 8) on Billboard.biz.