LeAnn Rimes Is Top Country Artist on Billboard’s Six-Decade Hot 100 Compilation
Billboard is currently celebrating the 60th anniversary of its landmark Hot 100 chart, which was launched Aug. 4, 1958, and has served as a measure of America's top songs—in all genres—each week ever since.
The outlet has posted a massive list of the top 600 songs over the chart's six-decade history, which includes several prominent country songs in the top 100. LeAnn Rimes is the highest-ranking country artist of all, coming in at No. 5 with her 1997 rendition of "How Do I Live."
Billboard, which gives individual explanations for the rankings of the top 100 songs, details that the song hit No. 2 on the Hot 100, plus set new records for most weeks in the top 10 (32), and most weeks on the chart (69) during its heyday.
Rimes falls in between two of pop's hugest modern smashes, Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!" (No. 4) and LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" (No. 6).
Rimes' inclusion at No. 5 is undoubtedly quite a marker for country on this list, as the genre takes a dive way out of the top of the list almost directly following her song. The next highest country song is Debby Boone's 1977 "You Light Up My Life," which falls right outside the top 10 at No. 11. She's followed by Kenny Rogers, who lands at No. 60, with 1980's "Lady"; then Shania Twain, who hits at No. 85 with 1998's "Still the One."
Other country artists that made the list but fell outside of the top 100 include Glen Campbell, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, and Lonestar.
For those wondering which artist took the coveted No. 1 slot—Chubby Checker has that honor, with his 1960 smash "The Twist."
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