Fast Facts: Eddy Arnold's Hit Songs

Eddy Arnold was the most popular country performer of the 20th century, spending more weeks at the top of the charts than any other artist.

Arnold not only had 28 No. 1 singles, he had more charting singles than any other artist.

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Arnold pursued a solo career in 1945, the same year he got married to Sally Gayhart. "Each Minute Seems a Million Years," released on RCA's Bluebird division that same year, became his first charting record, peaking in the Top Five.

The following year, "That's How Much I Love You" peaked in the Top Three, staying there for 16 weeks and selling over 650,000 copies; its flip side, "Chained to a Memory," also climbed into the Top Three.

Arnold had two No. 1 hits in 1947, "What Is Life Without Love" and "It's a Sin."

The single "I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)" spent 46 weeks on the charts, with 21 of those weeks spent at the top; it also crossed over to the pop charts, reaching the Top 30. In the process, it became the No. 1 single of the decade.

In 1948, all of his nine singles went into the Top Five, and five of them went to number one, including "Anytime," "What a Fool I Was," "Texarkana Baby," "Just a Little Lovin' (Will Go a Long, Long Way)," "My Daddy Is Only a Picture," and "Bouquet of Roses," which stayed at the top for 19 weeks.

Throughout 1949, he continued to dominate the charts, releasing a succession of Top 10 singles, including the number one "Don't Rob Another Man's Castle," "One Kiss Too Many," "I'm Throwing Rice (At the Girl I Love)," and "Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me."

In 1950 he had seven country hits, and 13 in 1951 (including the number ones "There's Been a Change in Me," "Kentucky Waltz," "I Wanna Play House With You," "Easy on the Eyes," and "A Full Time Job").

The hits, including "Eddy's Song" (composed of the titles of previous hits), "How's the World Treating You?," "I Really Don't Want to Know," "My Everything," "The Cattle Call," "That Do Make It Nice," "Just Call Me Lonesome" and "The Richest Man (In the World)," continued to come in force until 1956.

In 1965, Arnold sparked a new era of chart dominance that began in 1965 with "What's He Doing in My World."

Arnold's second streak of major hits ran until 1969. During this time, he earned several number one and Top 10 singles, all of which were pop hits as well, including "Make the World Go Away," "I Want to Go With You," "The Last Word in Lonesome," "Somebody Like Me," "Lonely Again," "Turn the World Around," "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye," "They Don't Make Love Like They Used To" and "Please Don't Go."

Arnold spent only four years at MGM in the '70s, landing only one major hit, 1974's "I Wish That I Had Loved You Better."

Returning to RCA in 1976, he closed out the decade with two hits — "Cowboy" (1976) and "If Everyone Had Someone Like You" (1978).

Arnold managed to put two songs into the Top 10 in 1980 ("Let's Get It While the Gettin's Good," "That's What I Get for Loving You"), making him one of the few artists who charted in five different decades.

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