Country Trivia – Who Has The Most Consecutive No. 1 Records In Country Music History?
George Strait may hold the record for the most No. 1 records in Country Music history, but no one can deny the impact and hit streak Alabama had in the ’80s.
While most singers are lucky to have just one No. 1 record, a very few enjoy two or three chart toppers, and a select group may be fortunate to score a dozen for a Greatest Hits album, before their careers fade and the next new star takes over the charts. In the ’80s, country super group Alabama dominated the charts with one No. 1 song after another.
In all, Alabama would place 21 consecutive singles on country radio, starting with ‘Tennessee River’ in 1980 and ending with ‘(You’ve Got) The Touch’ in 1987. The follow up single, ‘Tar Top,’ stalled at No. 7 breaking their streak of Number one singles, but they were quickly back on the top with the next song ‘Face To Face’ (a duet with K.T. Oslin). More impressively, the next five singles would also go on to peak at the top of the charts. In the end, the group gave us 42 No. 1 singles including songs like ‘Mountain Music’ and ‘Roll On.’
In addition to the massive streak of No. 1 hits, the CMA named them the Entertainers of the Year in 1982, 1983, and 1984.
Listed below are the 21 consecutive No. 1 singles that got Alabama in the history books.
1980- Tennesee River
1980- Why Lady Why
1981- Old Flame
1981- Feels So Right
1981- Love In The First Degree
1982- Mountain Music
1982- Take Me Down
1982- Close Enough To Perfect
1983- Dixieland Delight
1983- The Closer You Get
1983- Lady Down On Love
1984- Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)
1984- When We Make Love
1984- If You’re Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band)
1984- (There’s A) Fire In The Night
1985- There’s No Way
1985- Forty Hour Week (For A Livin’)
1985- Can’t Keep A Good Man Down
1986- She And I
1986- Touch Me When We’re Dancing
1987- (You’ve Got) The Touch
1987- Tar Top (stalls at No. 7, breaking the streak of 21 No. 1 singles)
1987- Face To Face (duet with K.T. Oslin)
1988- Fallin’ Again
1988- Song Of The South
1989- If I Had You
1989- High Cotton
1989- Southern Star
In the ’90s Alabama would score more No. 1 hits like ‘Jukebox In My Mind’ ‘Down Home’ ‘I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why)’ and ‘Born Country.’ In 1993, the band would release a holiday classic that also became known as the ‘St. Jude’ song ‘Angels Among Us.’ Alabama retired in the early 2000’s, but reunited in 2013.