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Rewinding the Country Charts: 25 Years Ago, Vince Gill Notched His First No. 1

In 1992, ballad "I Still Believe in You" topped Hot Country Songs for three weeks.

On Sept. 5, 1992, “I Still Believe in You” became Vince Gill‘s first No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart. He led at last in his 21st appearance, dating to his first in 1984.

Co-written by Gill and John Barlow Jarvis, “Believe” marked the first of three consecutive Hot Country Songs leaders for Gill, followed by “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away” and “The Heart Won’t Lie,” with Reba McEntire. At the 1993 CMA Awards, Gill claimed five trophies, including song of the year honors for “Believe” and the coveted entertainer of the year award.


As for the CMA Awards, Gill began hosting the festivities in 1992 for 12 straight years (through 2003), still the longest stretch. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, who will handle hosting duties this year (Nov. 8) for the 10th consecutive time, hold the second longest run.

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Gill has rolled up 62 Hot Country Songs entries, including five No. 1s among 28 top 10s. He earned his latest top 10, and first since 2006, as featured on Chris Young‘s “Sober Saturday Night,” which rose to No. 4 in March. When it reached the region, Gill became one of just three acts to bank at least one top 10 in each of the past four decades (’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s), joining McEntire and George Strait.

Fun fact: an accomplished guitarist, Gill was once asked by another world-class player, Mark Knopfler, to join his band, Dire Straits. He declined.

Gill will play a 10-night stand at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium with his wife, Christian music superstar Amy Grant, beginning Nov. 29.