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Mac Davis’ Biggest Billboard Hits: His Hot 100 No. 1 ‘Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me’ & More

From writing hits for Elvis Presley to scoring a No. 1 hit of his own on the Billboard Hot 100 to roles in front of the camera, Mac Davis could seemingly do it all.

From writing hits for Elvis Presley to scoring a No. 1 hit of his own on the Billboard Hot 100 to roles in front of the camera, Mac Davis could seemingly do it all.

The singer, songwriter and actor died Tuesday (Sept. 29) in Nashville at age 78 after undergoing heart surgery. His longtime manager Jim Morey confirmed Davis’ passing in a press release.

Before he stood alone in the spotlight, Davis launched his career as a behind-the-scenes songwriter for Columbia Records. He penned Presley’s “A Little Less Conversation,” a No. 69 hit on the Hot 100 in 1968, while a remix, billed as by Presley vs. JXL, reached No. 50 in 2003. He also wrote Presley’s “In the Ghetto” (No. 3, 1969) and “Memories” (No. 35, 1969), as well as hits for First Edition, Gallery and Bobby Goldsboro, before taking his talents to the stage, starring in his own TV variety show and on Broadway, among other film and TV credits.

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Davis tallied 15 entries on the Hot 100, between 1970 and 1981. He first appeared on the chart dated May 16, 1970, with “Whoever Finds This, I Love You.” He made his major solo breakthrough two years later with “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me.” The single proved to be a crossover smash, topping both the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts in 1972 and reaching No. 26 on Hot Country Songs.

Of Davis’ 15 career Hot 100 entries, two soared to the top 10. Here’s a look at his biggest Hot 100 hits:

Rank, Title, Peak Position, Peak Date
1. “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me,” No. 1, Sept. 23, 1972
2. “One Hell of a Woman,” No. 11, July 13, 1974
3. “Stop and Smell the Roses,” No. 9, Oct. 26, 1974
4. “Rock ‘N’ Roll (I Gave You the Best Years of My Life),” No. 15, Feb. 1, 1975
5. “It’s Hard to Be Humble,” No. 43, May 3, 1980
6. “Texas in My Rear View Mirror,” No. 51, Nov. 22, 1980
7. “Whoever Finds This, I Love You,” No. 53, June 13, 1970
8. “Burnin’ Thing,” No. 53, July 12, 1975
9. “Everybody Loves a Love Song,” No. 63, Dec. 30, 1972
10. “(If You Add) All the Love in the World,” No. 54, April 19, 1975

Mac Davis’ biggest Billboard Hot 100 hits are based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 through the chart dated Oct. 3, 2020. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, certain eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.

Mac Davis' Biggest Billboard Hits

Davis also notched 30 career entries on the Hot Country Songs chart, including six top 10s. “Hooked on Music” rose highest, to No. 2 in 1981.

He also enjoyed success on Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary airplay chart, scoring three top 10s among 17 total entries.

Looking at his history on Billboard‘s album charts, Davis made 11 visits to the Billboard 200 and 15 to Top Country Albums, with four sets reaching the top 10 on the latter list, where Stop and Smell the Roses climbed the highest, peaking at No. 2 in 1974. His albums have earned a combined 218,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. since Nielsen Music/MRC Data began tracking consumption in 1991.