George Strait's "Good Time" is just getting better. Okay, I realize that's a pretty bad play on words, but the truth of the matter is--Strait has just inched a bit closer to breaking a major country-music record with his latest single.
"Here For A Good Time" cracked the Billboard Country Songs chart top 10 this week, when the new single moved from No. 11 to No. 9. This marks Strait's 84th top 10 single on that particular chart--and makes him just shy of the current record-holder, the late Eddy Arnold, who racked up 92 over the course of his career.According to Billboard, Strait's first top 10 song on their country chart was "Unwound" in 1981. The industry publication notes that he's had at least one song in the top 10 on that chart every single year since. They don't call him the King of Country for nothin', folks!
King or not, however, he's still in second place to Arnold in terms of top 10s. However, Strait currently holds the record for most No. 1 songs on the Country Songs chart--and, given that he does not appear to be retiring nor losing popularity, it's a fairly safe bet that if he keeps putting out records he'll eventually take the top 10 top slot from Arnold (who passed away in 2008).
If you're curious as to who tails Strait in the No. 3 slot for most top 10s on the Country Songs chart, it's George Jones--who comes even closer to Strait than Strait does to Arnold, with 78 hit tunes.
Strait's 39th studio album--also called Here For A Good Time--is scheduled for release this Tuesday. It features an appearance from Faith Hill as well as songwriting credits from Strait's son, Bubba. Strait recently announced he'll be hitting the road in 2012 with special guest Martina McBride, but tour dates haven't been released yet.
Are you excited to hear the new Strait album this week? Be sure to let me know your thoughts!
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