Hot Country Songs 1944-2012 eBook

Hot Country Songs 1944-2012 eBook

By: Joel Whitburn

Publication date: April 2013
ISBN: 9780898202045
Highlights: New Release

The eighth edition of our beloved Country book comes alive on screen and in color! Hot Country Songs 1944-2012 covers the complete history of Billboard magazine's Country Singles chart, from the very first "Juke Box Folk Records" chart in January, 1944, through the "Hot Country Songs" chart of December 29, 2012. This is THE book for true Country music devotees and professionals.

Title information

Loads of Data On Every Charted Country Single - That's Nearly 20,000 Songs ...

• Songwriter • B-Side • Artist's hits appear in chronological order • Peak chart position • Chart debut date • Total weeks on the charts • Original label and record number  • RIAA Gold or Platinum certification • Peak position(s) on Billboard's multiple weekly 1944-1958 Country singles charts ("Juke Box," "Disk Jockey" and "Best Sellers") • Charted hit's configuration (45 rpm, CD single, download, etc.) • The biggest chart hit of any artist with 10 or more hits is underlined • All #1 hits are highlighted • Special recordings, such as Christmas, novelty and live songs are indicated with a letter symbol • Pop position on Hot 100 or Bubbling Under charts shown

~ 2,600 Artists ...

• At least one line of biographical information on every artist • All-new artist biographies on newly charted artists • Updated bios on previously charted artists • Top 150 Artists photos •All duet name and name variations • Artist's Decade and All-Time Rankings • Country Music Hall Of Fame induction year • Grand Ole Opry induction year • CMA Award year • Artists whose names appear in the bios or title notes who have their own chart discographies elsewhere in the book are highlighted in boldface type • Top 3 or 5 Hits listed below bios of major artists

Special Sections ...

  • Song Title Section alphabetically lists every title with its peak chart position, year of peak popularity and artist's name.
  • #1 Hits Section chronologically lists every #1 title showing the date it reached #1, its total weeks at #1 and the artist's name.
  • Kings & Queens of Country (The Top 300 Artists)
  • Top 50 Artists by Decade
  • The Top Artist Achievements
  • The Top Hits (All Time, by Decade, of Longevity, etc.)
  • And More (CMA Awards, Hall Of Fame Awards, Top Labels)
Pages: 512
Publisher: Record Research Inc.
Edition: 8
Average: 5 (2 votes)

Joel Whitburn


From pastime to passion to profitable enterprise, the growth of Record Research has been the outgrowth of Joel Whitburn’s hobby. Joel began collecting records as a teenager in the 1950s. As his collection grew, he began to sort, categorize and file each record according to the highest position it reached on Billboard magazine's charts. He went on to publish this information — first on individual artists’ cards, then in book form in 1970 — and a business was born.

Today, Joel leads a team of researchers who delve into all of Billboard’s music charts to an unmatched degree of depth and detail. Widely recognized as the most authoritative historian on charted music, Joel has also collaborated with Warner/Rhino Records in creating a series of 150 CD albums, plus five CD albums with Curb Records. Joel’s own record collection remains unrivaled the world over and includes every charted Hot 100 and pop single (back to 1936), every charted pop album (back to 1945), collections of nearly every charted Country, R&B, Bubbling Under The Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary records. Ever the consummate collector, Joel also owns one of the world’s largest picture sleeve collections, many of which he displays in the series of books (Top 40 Hits, Top 40 Albums, Top 40 Country Hits, Top 40 R&B Hits) he writes for Billboard’s book division. To date, Record Research has published nearly 200 books, over 50 of which are currently in the catalog.

Joel's site,, brought his enormous database online in 2009. The MusicVault, complete with chart data and record photos, has proved to be an immediate, reliable wellspring of data.

Ever the hobbyist, Joel participates in a wide variety of water, winter and motor sports, but the active, six-and-a-half footer ranks basketball and baseball as his top sports. The Wisconsinite and his wife, Fran, a native of Honduras, enjoy spending time in central Wisconsin, and especially love being with their grandchildren Samantha and Nathaniel. Their daughter, Kim Bloxdorf, is vice president of Record Research, and other key employees are Brent Olynick, Paul Haney and Jeanne Olynick. Joel's lifelong passion for music, old and new, and his penchant for accurate detail is ever constant.