1952: ‘The Wild Side of Life’ by Hank Thompson

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Number of weeks spent as #1: 15

Recorded by artists to great success before and after Hank Thompson, “The Wild Side of Life” captivated country and western fans thanks to Thompson’s much-loved band, The Brazos Valley Boys. The song also inspired Nelson Algren’s novel “A Walk on the Wild Side,” which in turn inspired Lou Reed’s hit song “Walk on the Wild Side.”