Earl Thomas Conley’s Top 20 Biggest HipHopMagz Hits

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Conley logged 18 Hot Country Songs No. 1s.

In a career spanning decades, Earl Thomas Conley logged an unparalleled run on Billboard's charts. The country artist died Wednesday morning (April 10) at age 77.

Blake Shelton wrote on Facebook, "My heart is absolutely destroyed today. Earl was my all-time favorite singer, hero and my friend. Prayers to his family. We will all miss you deeply my brother. Now go rest ..."

Conley scored 34 entries on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, 25 of which reached the top 10. Of those, 18 hit No. 1.

Conley first appeared on Billboard's charts with "I Have Loved You, Girl (But Not Like This Before)," which debuted on July 26, 1975. He was absent from the charts for four years, returning in 1979 with "Dreamin's All I Do." His big breakthrough came in 1981, when "Silent Treatment" reached No. 7 on Hot Country Songs, marking his first top 10.

Conley especially dominated between 1983 and 1989, when 16 of his 18 total Hot Country Songs entries reached No. 1 (while his other two entries peaked at No. 2).

He additionally charted 10 titles on the Top Country Albums chart in his lifetime, including one No. 1, his Greatest Hits compilation, in 1986.

Here are Earl Thomas Conley's top 20 biggest hits on the Hot Country Songs chart:

Rank, Title, Peak Pos. (Weeks at No. 1), Peak Date

20. "Don't Make It Easy for Me," No. 1 (1 week), April 7, 1984

19. "I Can't Win for Losin' You," No. 1 (1 week), Feb. 28, 1987

18. "Somewhere Between Right and Wrong," No. 1 (1 week), Dec. 18, 1982

17. "What She Is (Is a Woman in Love)," No. 1 (1 week), June 4, 1988

16. "Too Many Times," with Anita Pointer, No. 2, Nov. 1, 1986

15. "Right From the Start," No. 1 (1 week), Oct. 31, 1987

14. "Angel in Disguise," No. 1 (1 week), July 28, 1984

13. "That Was a Close One," No. 1 (1 week), July 4, 1987

12. "We Believe in Happy Endings," with Emmylou Harris, No. 1 (1 week), Oct. 1, 1988

11. "Chance of Lovin' You," No. 1 (1 week), Dec. 8, 1984

10. "Nobody Falls Like a Fool," No. 1 (1 week), Dec. 14, 1985

9. "I Have Love You, Girl (But Not Like This Before)," No. 2, April 9, 1983

8. "Once in a Blue Moon," No. 1 (1 week), May 3, 1986

7. "Honor Bound," No. 1 (1 week), April 13, 1985

6. "Holding Her and Loving You," No. 1 (1 week), Nov. 26, 1983

5. "Your Love's on the Line," No. 1 (1 week), Aug. 6, 1983

4. "Love Don't Care (Whose Heart It Breaks)," No. 1 (1 week), July 27, 1985

3. "What I'd Say," No. 1 (1 week), Feb. 4, 1989

2. "Love Out Loud," No. 1 (1 week), June 17, 1989

1. "Fire and Smoke," No. 1 (1 week), July 11, 1981

Earl Thomas Conley's Top 20 Biggest Billboard Hits are based on actual performance on the weekly Hot Country Songs chart, through the April 13, 2019 ranking. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 50 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.