Home Uncategorized From ‘Okie From Muskogee’ to ‘God’s Country,’ Here Are All the Hits...

From ‘Okie From Muskogee’ to ‘God’s Country,’ Here Are All the Hits That Have Won Single of the Year at Both of the Top Country Awards Shows

Blake Shelton’s thundering “God’s Country” won single of the year at the 55th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday (Sept. 16), 10 months after it won in the same category at the 53rd annual Country Music Awards.

“God’s Country” is the 20th single to take top honors at both of country music’s top award shows. All 20 singles reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. That’s no surprise. These are all stone-cold country classics.

Alan Jackson has two of these dual winners—his good-time smash “Chattahoochee” and his 9/11 rumination “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).”

For whatever reason, fewer singles have taken the top prize at both shows in recent years. In the past 20 years, six singles have won single of the year at both shows, down from nine singles in the previous 20 years (1980-99).

Here’s a complete list of the 20 singles that have won single of the year at both the CMAs and the ACMs, together with how long they topped Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and how high they climbed on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.

1969: Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee.” Hot Country Songs: No. 1 for four weeks; Hot 100: No. 41.

1972: Donna Fargo’s “The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.” This was the first single by a female artist to win single of the year at both shows. Also, this marked the only time an artist’s first chart hit won in the top category at both shows. Hot Country Songs: No. 1 for three weeks; Hot 100: No. 11.

1973: Charlie Rich’s “Behind Closed Doors.” Hot Country Songs: No. 1 for two weeks; Hot 100: No. 15.

1974: Cal Smith’s “Country Bumpkin.” This was the first of six singles that won single of the year at both shows, but didn’t even make the Hot 100. Hot Country Songs: No. 1 for one week; Hot 100: did not chart.

1977: Kenny Rogers’ “Lucille.” This was the first of four singles that won single of the year at both shows that made the top 10 on the Hot 100. Hot Country Songs: No. 1 for two weeks; Hot 100:  No. 5.

1980: George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Hot Country Songs: No. 1 for one week; Hot 100: did not chart.

1981: The Oak Ridge Boys’ “Elvira.” This was the first single by a group or duo to win single of the year at both shows. Hot Country Songs: No. 1 for one week; Hot 100: No. 5.

1982: Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind.” Hot Country Songs: No. 1 for two weeks; Hot 100: No. 5.

1987: Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever, Amen.”  Hot Country Songs: No. 1 for three weeks; Hot 100: did not chart.

1988: Kathy Mattea’s “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses.” This was the second single by a female artist to win single of the year at both shows. Hot Country Songs: No. 1 for two weeks; Hot 100: did not chart.

1990: Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places.” Hot Country Songs: No. 1 for four weeks; Hot 100: did not chart.

1993: Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee.” Hot Country Songs: No. 1 for four weeks; Hot 100: No. 46.

1994: John Michael Montgomery’s “I Swear.” Hot Country Songs: No. 1 for four weeks; Hot 100: No. 42.

1995: George Strait’s “Check Yes Or No.” Hot Country Songs: No. 1 for four weeks; Hot 100: did not chart.

2000: Lee Ann Womack/Sons of the Desert’s “I Hope You Dance.” This is the only collaboration to win single of the year at both shows. Hot Country Songs: No. 1 for five weeks; Hot 100: No. 14.

2001: Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” Hot Country Songs: No. 1 for five weeks; Hot 100: No. 28.

2004: Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying.” Hot Country Songs: No. 1 for seven weeks; Hot 100: No. 29.

2009: Lady A’s “Need You Now.” This is the only single by a mixed-gender group or duo to win single of the year at both shows. Of the 20 singles that won both single of the year at both shows, this attained the highest ranking on the Hot 100. Hot Country Songs: No. 1 for five weeks; Hot 100: No. 2.

2015: Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man.” Hot Country Songs: No. 1 for 17 weeks (No. 1 for six weeks on Country Airplay); Hot 100: No. 21.

2019: Blake Shelton’s “God’s Country.” Hot Country Songs: No. 1 for seven weeks (No. 1 for two weeks on Country Airplay); Hot 100: No. 17.

Note: The years shown are the ACM awards years. “God’s Country” is the 2019 ACM winner for single of the year.

The ACM Awards are produced by dick clark productions, which is owned by MRC Media, the parent company of Billboard.

Must Read

Drake Comes to The Weeknd’s Defense Over Grammys Controversy

Drake has sided with his compatriot The Weeknd after the “Blinding Lights” singer was sidelined in the 2021 Grammy nominations. The Weeknd (real name Abel...

U.K. Judge Refuses Johnny Depp Permission to Appeal Libel Ruling

A judge has refused Johnny Depp permission to appeal against a British court’s ruling that he assaulted ex-wife Amber Heard. Earlier this month a High...

Tones And I, Amy Shark, Jessica Mauboy & More Pay Tribute to Helen Reddy at ARIA Awards: Watch

The music world suffered a blow Sept. 29 when trailblazing singer Helen Reddy passed away, at the age of 78. The Australian singer emigrated...

Tame Impala, Sampa The Great Dominate 2020 ARIA Awards

Tame Impala, Sampa The Great, Amy Shark and Archie Roach were among the big winners at the 2020 ARIA Awards, held Wednesday (Nov. 25)...

G-Eazy, Troye Sivan & More Encourage Fans to Stay Safe This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just a day away, but as the coronavirus continues to spread rapidly across the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and...