1951 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 1951.

List of years in country music (table)


Top hits of the year[edit]

Number one hits[edit]

(As certified by Billboard magazine)

Note: Several songs were simultaneous No. 1 hits on the separate "Most Played Juke Box Folk (later Country & Western) Records," "Best Selling Retail Folk (later Country & Western) Records) and – starting December 10 – "Country & Western Records Most Played by Folk Disk Jockeys" charts.

Other major hits[edit]

US Single Artist
3 Alabama Jubilee Red Foley
5 Beautiful Brown Eyes Jimmy Wakely and the Les Baxter Chorus
9 Blue Christmas Ernest Tubb
4 Bluebird Island Hank Snow and Anita Carter
7 Cherokee Boogie (Eh-Oh-Aleena) Moon Mullican
8 Chew Tobacco Rag Zeb Turner
4 Crazy Heart Hank Williams
5 Cryin' Heart Blues Johnnie & Jack
8 Dear John Hank Williams
9 Don't Stay Too Long Ernest Tubb
2 Down the Trail of Achin' Hearts Hank Snow and Anita Carter
5 Down Yonder Del Wood
7 Driftwood On the River Ernest Tubb
5 Heart Strings Eddy Arnold
6 Hey La La Ernest Tubb
8 Hobo Boogie Red Foley
5 Hot Rod Race Arkie Shibley
7 Hot Rod Race Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan
7 Hot Rod Race Red Foley
7 Hot Rod Race Tiny Hill
3 Howlin' at the Moon Hank Williams
2 I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You) Hank Williams
5 I Don't Want to Be Free Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely
8 I Love You a Thousand Ways Hawkshaw Hawkins
10 I'll Sail My Ship Alone Tiny Hill
8 I'm Waiting Just for You Hawkshaw Hawkins
8 If Teardrops Were Pennies Carl Smith
8 It Is No Secret Stuart Hamblen
9 Lonesome Whistle Hank Williams
4 Look What Thoughts Will Do Lefty Frizzell
8 May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You Eddy Arnold
3 Mockin' Bird Hill The Pinetoppers
7 Mockin' Bird Hill Les Paul and Mary Ford
2 Mom and Dad's Waltz Lefty Frizzell
2 Mr. and Mississippi Tennessee Ernie Ford
4 Mr. Moon Carl Smith
6 My Heart Cries for You Evelyn Knight and Red Foley
7 My Heart Cries for You Jimmy Wakely
9 Old Soldiers Never Die Gene Autry
8 On Top of Old Smoky The Weavers and Terry Gilkyson
4 Poison Love Johnnie & Jack
7 Shine, Shave, Shower (It's Saturday) Lefty Frizzell
7 Sick, Sober and Sorry Johnny Bond
2 Somebody's Been Beating My Time Eddy Arnold
4 Something Old, Something New Eddy Arnold
10 Sparrow in the Treetop Rex Allen
5 The Strange Little Girl Cowboy Copas
9 The Strange Little Girl Red Foley and Ernest Tubb
9 The Strange Little Girl Tennessee Ernie Ford
8 Tailor Made Woman Tennessee Ernie Ford and Joe "Fingers" Carr
2 Tennessee Waltz Patti Page
6 Tennessee Waltz Pee Wee King
5 (There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me) Red Foley
6 Travelin' Blues Lefty Frizzell
6 Unwanted Sign Upon Your Heart Hank Snow
7 When You and I Were Young, Maggie Blues Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely

Top new album releases[edit]


  • January 19 — Crystal Gayle, younger sister of Loretta Lynn who became a star in her own right, mainly in the country-pop vein.
  • May 23 — Judy Rodman, backing vocalist who enjoyed fame in the 1980s as a solo performer.
  • December 7 — Lyle Evans, bass guitarist of the Western Underground.


Further reading[edit]

  • Kingsbury, Paul, "Vinyl Hayride: Country Music Album Covers 1947–1989," Country Music Foundation, 2003 (ISBN 0-8118-3572-3)
  • Millard, Bob, "Country Music: 70 Years of America's Favorite Music," HarperCollins, New York, 1993 (ISBN 0-06-273244-7)
  • Whitburn, Joel. "Top Country Songs 1944–2005 – 6th Edition." 2005.