1975 (tie): ‘Before the Next Teardrop Falls’ by Freddy Fender, ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ by Glen Campbell, ‘Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain’ by Willie Nelson, ‘Always Wanting You’ by Merle Haggard, ‘Touch the Hand’ by Conway Twitty, and three more

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Number of weeks spent as #1: 2

For the first time in Hot Country list history, the threshold for top song was just two weeks at #1. Eight songs carried the banner for two weeks, including Willie Nelson’s first major hit, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” and Freddy Fender’s “Before the Next Teardrop Falls.” Five songs in 1975 were both #1 on the Hot Country chart and on the cross-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart.