2. George Strait
> Total songs on Hot Country Songs chart: 103
> Longest-charting hit: Write This Down (34 weeks)
Nicknamed the “King of Country Music,” George Strait has had a stunning 44 songs reach the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. He’s had nearly twice this amount reach the Top 10, totaling 86 songs. Strait is also the only musical act in history to have a Top 10 hit every single year for more than three decades. Among his best performing singles on Billboard’s country chart are “Write This Down,” “Living and Living Well,” and “You Look So Good In Love.”
1. George Jones
> Total songs on Hot Country Songs chart: 131
> Longest-charting hit: The Window Up Above (34 weeks)
George Jones is considered by many to be the greatest country singer of all time. While his career began prior to the launch of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in 1958 — his first single “No Money in This Deal” was released in 1954 and was followed up by the hit “Why Baby Why” in 1955 — he managed to send 131 songs to the chart’s Top 50 over more than 50 years.
“White Lightning” hit No. 1 on the chart in April 1959 and introduced the theme of drinking that would recur — along with the theme of heartbreak — in Jones’ music until at least the release of his single “Choices,” which peaked at No. 30 in 1999. Other notable singles include “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “She Thinks I Still Care,” and “The Grand Tour,” all of which are among the singer’s 13 songs to top the charts.
George Jones died on April 26, 2013, at the age of 81.