WEST TEXAS TOPS


The Top 3 Songs of All-Time (1900-2011)

  1. “Iris” – 1998 Goo Goo Dolls 18 weeks #1
  2. “Near You” – 1947 Francis Craig Orchestra/Bob Lamm (vocal) 17 weeks #1
  3. “One Sweet Day” – 1995 Mariah Carey/Boys 2 Men 16 weeks #1 & “Don’t Speak” – 1996 No Doubt 16 weeks #1

The All-Time Top 20 Country Songs (1944-2008)

  1. “I’m Moving On” 1950 Hank Snow 21 weeks #1
  2. “I’ll Hold You In My Heart” 1947 Eddy Arnold 21 weeks #1
  3. “In The Jailhouse Now” 1955 Web Pierce 21 weeks #1
  4. “Crazy Arms” 1956 Ray Price 20 weeks #1
  5. “I Don’t Hurt Anymore” Hank Snow 20 weeks #1
  6. “Bouquet Of Roses” 1948 Eddy Arnold 19 weeks #1
  7. “Walk On By” 1961 Leroy Van Dyke 19 weeks #1
  8. “Slowly” 1954 Web Pierce 17 weeks #1
  9. “Slipping Around” 1949 Margaret Whiting/Jimmy Wakely 17 weeks #1
  10. “Heartbreak Hotel” 1956 Elvis Presley 17 weeks #1
  11. “Lovesick Blues” 1949 Hank Williams 16 weeks #1
  12. “Guitar Polka” 1946 Al Dexter 16 weeks #1
  13. “Love’s Gonna Live Here” 1963 Buck Owens 16 weeks #1
  14. “New Spanish Two Step” 1946 Bob Wills 16 weeks #1
  15. “Smoke Smoke Smoke” 1947 Tex Williams 16 weeks #1
  16. “Slow Poke” 1951 Pee Wee King 15 weeks #1
  17. “The Wild Side Of Life” 1952 Hank Thompson 15 weeks #1
  18. “Please Help Me I’m Falling” 1960 Hank Locklin 14 weeks #1
  19. “He’ll Have To Go” 1960 Jim Reeves 14 weeks #1
  20. “Jambalaya” 1952 Hank Williams 14 weeks #1

Hank Snow, the record holder, who holds down positions #1 & #5, was born in  Nova Scotia, Canada. He ran away from home at age 12 joining a fishing boat. He purchased his first guitar when he was 14. He signed with RCA Victor in Montreal in 1936 moving to Nashville in 1945.

Although Elvis seems out of place at position #10 country radio stations were being pressured to play his Pop/Rock releases in 1956-57 to the tune of 50 weeks at #1

The Top Country Song with a West Texas connection is “Always Late” 1951 Lefty Frizzell 12 weeks  #1


The Top Male Recording Artist of All-Time:
Bing Crosby


The Top Female Recording Artist of All-Time:
Maria Carey


The Top Female Group of All-Time:
The Dixie Chicks (Natalie Maines lead vocal)


The Top Instrumental of All-Time:
“In The Mood” 1940 Glenn Miller Orchestra 13 weeks #1


The Top Spoken Recording of All-Time:
“Big Bad John” 1961 5 weeks #1


The Top Recording Artist With The Most Charted Hits:
Elvis Presley (153)


The Top Recording Vocal Group of All-Time:
The Beatles
(George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney)


Top Country Duo of All-Time:
Brooks & Dunn (Ronnie Dunn lead vocalist)


The Top Recording Artist Never Inducted Into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:
Pat Boone
(#2 Behind Elvis Presley in the 50’s having 60 charted records)


The Top Recording Artist Never Having A #1 Hit:
James Brown


The Top Husband/Wife Hit Recording:
“Vaya Con Dios” – 1953 Les Paul & Mary Ford 11 weeks #1


The Top Cowboy Recording:
“Riders In The Sky” 1949 Vaughn Monroe 12 weeks #1


The Top Hit Song Taken From A Movie:
“Buttons and Bows” 1948 Dinah Shore 10 weeks #1
(From the movie “Paleface” staring Bob Hope with song winning an Academy Award)


The Top Recording Of A Waltz:
“The Tennessee Waltz” – 1950 Patti Page 13 weeks #1


The Top Recording Drinking Booze:
“Rum & Coca-Cola” – 1945 The Andrews Sisters 10 weeks #1


The Top Cheating Recording:
“Slipping Around” – 1949 Margaret Whiting/Jimmy Wakely 3 weeks #1


The Top Recording Exploiting Deaths Of Celebrities:
“Candle In The Wind” 1997 Elton John 14 weeks #1
(Song was first-written for Marilyn Monroe in 1973 when she overdosed then was re-written for Diana, Princes of Whales who died in an auto accident. Guinness Book of Records states this is the biggest selling single in history but adds White Christmas is the overall biggest seller in history)


Possibly, The Worst #1 Song In History:
“Purple People Eater” – 1958 Shep Wooley 3 weeks #1

“I said: Mr. Purple People Eater what’s your line?
He said: Eating purple people sure is fine
But that’s not the reason I came to land (from outer space)
I wanna get a job in a rock and roll band.
It was a one-eyed one-horned flyin’ purple people eater”


Possibly, The Best Pop Recording That Never Charted:
“Everyday” – 1957 Buddy Holly
(BMI 2 million airplay award)


The Top Teen Tragedy Recording:
“Teen Angel” – 1960 Mark Denning 2 weeks #1


The Most Song Airplays Writers From West Texas:

  1. “Blue Bayou” (Roy Orbison/Joe Melson)
  2. “Best Of My Love” (J.D. Souther)
  3. “Crying” (Roy Orbison/Joe Melson)
  4. “Wind Beneath My Wings (Larry Henley) BMI 4 radio million airplays

The #1 Song From All Of West Texas:

  1. “Tammy” 1957 Debbie Reynolds 5 weeks #1

The Top 3 Songs Of The Century:

  1. “Over The Rainbow” Judy Garland
  2. “White Christmas” Bing Crosby
  3. “This Land Is Your Land” Woody Guthrie

The Top 3 Songs Of The Century: Compiled by Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) & The National Endowments of the Arts 


Top 10 Songs of the Century*

  1. Wind Beneath My Wings  Bette Midler
  2. Love Sick Blues  Hank Williams
  3. I Love A Rainy Night  Eddie Rabbitt
  4. White Christmas  Bing Crosby
  5. Blue Bayou  Roy Orbison
  6. I Can See Clearly Now  Johnny Nash
  7. My Love  Paul McCartney
  8. Mocking Bird Hill  Les Paul & Mary Ford
  9. Here Comes The Sun  George Harrison
  10. Wondering  Web Pierce

Top 10 Songs of the Century compiled by the West Texas Music Hall of Fame (Over The Rainbow”?  Came in at #1,572 on the WTMHOF list.)