none, though, is so skilled in the craft of producing hits as Texas ‘ Strait. Unlike many artists, his manner has remained the same since his first base album, Strait Country, was released in 1981. At that point, country, under the influence of disco, pop, and 1980 ‘s Urban Cowboy, was becoming less and less like the Western, folksy ballads and anthems of its past. Strait County pulled the writing style back to its roots ; Strait ‘s style was more drab and more traditional than, say, Dolly Parton ‘s 9 to 5. More importantly, he was able to keep the roots of the music he loved without sacrificing the integrity of his voice and style — he was n’t copying older acts, but continuing their bequest. After the news of Strait ‘s major accomplishment, we were curious to see who else has put up big No. 1 numbers. not surprisingly, seven of the biggest hitmakers are country artists. And hey, if you count the King as sorta-country, excessively, that number becomes eight. Artists With the Most No. 1 Hits 60: George Strait ( I Cross My Heart, 1992 ; Check Yes or No, 1996 ) 55: Madonna ( Like a Virgin, 1984 ; Vogue, 1990 ) 55: Conway Twitty ( Hello Darlin, 1970 ; Don’t Call Him a Cowboy, 1985 )
43: Michael Jackson ( Billie Jean, 1983 ; Dirty Diana, 1988 ) 41: Elvis Presley ( Hound Dog, 1956 ; Are You Lonesome Tonight?, 1960 ) 40: Ronnie Milsap ( My Heart, 1980 ; Lost in the 50’s Tonight, 1985 ) 39: Charley Pride ( All I Have to Offer You Is Me, 1969 ; Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’, 1971 ) 38: Merle Haggard ( Okie from Muskogee, 1969 ; I’m a Lonesome Fugitive, 1966 ) 37: Dolly Parton ( 9 to 5, 1980 ; Heartbreaker, 1978 )
36: The Beatles ( I Want to Hold Your Hand, 1964 ) 36: Reba McEntire ( Consider Me Gone, 2009 ) Alec Carver and Andy Fullerton are serving their senior internship for Tampa Preparatory School.