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1980 in country music

See also: 1979 in country music, 1980 in music, other events of 1980, 1981 in country music and the List of years in Country Music


Country music goes Hollywood

Top hits of the year

Number one hits

(As certified by Billboard magazine)
Date Song Name Artist Wks. No. 1 Spec.
January 5 Coward of the County Kenny Rogers 3 1
January 26 I'll Be Coming Back for More T.G. Sheppard 2
February 9 Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight Oak Ridge Boys 1
February 16 Love Me Over Again Don Williams 1
February 23 Years Barbara Mandrell 1
March 1 I Ain't Livin' Long Like This Waylon Jennings 1
March 8 My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys Willie Nelson 2
March 22 Why Don't You Spend the Night Ronnie Milsap 1
March 29 I'd Love to Lay You Down Conway Twitty 1
April 5 Sugar Daddy Bellamy Brothers 1
April 12 Honky Tonk Blues Charley Pride 1
April 19 It's Like We Never Said Goodbye Crystal Gayle 1
April 26 A Lesson in Leavin' Dottie West 1 At age 47, this song became West's first #1 hit as a solo artist.
May 3 Are You on the Road to Lovin' Me Again Debby Boone 1 C
May 10 Beneath Still Waters Emmylou Harris 1
May 17 Gone too Far Eddie Rabbitt 1
May 24 Starting Over Again Dolly Parton 1
May 31 My Heart Ronnie Milsap 3
June 21 One Day at a Time Cristy Lane 1 C
Cover of the 1974 Top 20 country hit by Marilyn Sellars.
June 28 Trying to Love Two Women Oak Ridge Boys 1
July 5 He Stopped Loving Her Today George Jones 1
July 12 You Win Again Charley Pride 1 Cover of the 1952 Top 10 hit by Hank Williams.
July 19 True Love Ways Mickey Gilley 1
July 26 Bar Room Buddies Merle Haggard and Clint Eastwood 1 C - Clint Eastwood
August 2 Dancin' Cowboys Bellamy Brothers 1
August 9 Stand by Me Mickey Gilley 1 Cover of the 1961 R&B hit by Ben E. King.
August 16 Tennessee River Alabama 1 A
August 23 Drivin' My Life Away Eddie Rabbitt 1
August 30 Cowboys and Clowns Ronnie Milsap 1
September 6 Lookin' for Love Johnny Lee 3 A
September 27 Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You Dolly Parton 1
October 4 Do You Wanna Go to Heaven T.G. Sheppard 1
October 11 Loving up a Storm Razzy Bailey 1 A
October 18 I Believe in You Don Williams 2
November 1 Theme from 'The Dukes of Hazzard' (Good Ol' Boys) Waylon Jennings 1
November 8 On the Road Again Willie Nelson 1
November 15 Could I Have This Dance Anne Murray 1
November 22 Lady Kenny Rogers 1
November 29 If You Ever Change Your Mind Crystal Gayle 1
December 6 Smoky Mountain Rain Ronnie Milsap 1
December 13 Why Lady Why Alabama 1
December 20 That's All That Matters Mickey Gilley 1
December 27 One in a Million Johnny Lee 2

  • 1 - No. 1 song of the year, as determined by Billboard magazine.
  • A - First Billboard No. 1 hit for that artist.
  • B - Last Billboard No. 1 hit for that artist to date.
  • C - Only Billboard No. 1 hit for that artist to date.

Other major hits

Top new album releases

Other top albums



Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees

(Group members included Roy Rogers (1911-1998); Bob Nolan (1908-1980); Lloyd Perryman (1917-1977); Tim Spencer (1908-1974); Hugh Farr (1903-1980); and Karl Farr (1909-1961)

Major Awards

Grammy awards

Academy of Country Music

Country Music Association

Further reading

  • Kingsbury, Paul, "The Grand Ole Opry: History of Country Music. 70 Years of the Songs, the Stars and the Stories," Villard Books, Random House; Opryland USA, 1995
  • 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.

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