George Strait edges closer to Eddy Arnold’s record for the most top 10s in the 69-year history of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, as “Give It All We Got Tonight” rises 12-10. The song is Strait’s 86th top 10 on the tally, a sum second only to Arnold’s 92, which the late legend collected between 1945 and 1980.
Strait – who celebrates his 61st birthday on Saturday (May 18) – first reached the Hot Country Songs top 10 with his introductory chart entry, “Unwound” (No. 6), in 1981. He’s sent at least one song into the top tier each year since.
“Give” is the lead single from Strait’s 28th studio album, “Love Is Everything,” released Tuesday (14) and due on next week’s Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts.
Here’s a look at the artists with the most Hot Country Songs top 10s:
Total Top 10s, Artist
92, Eddy Arnold
86, 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 “Give” reach No. 1, Strait would add to his record for most toppers in the Hot Country Songs chart’s archives. He’s banked 44 leaders, having reigned most recently with “River of Love” in 2009.
All charts will be refreshed tomorrow (16) on Billboard.com.