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George Strait Makes History as First Artist to Have 100 Songs on Country Airplay Chart

Despite sitting outside of the top 50, George Strait's new single "The Weight of the Badge" made history this week as King George's 100th entry on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart.

Per Billboard, Strait's Country Airplay history dates back to the chart's Jan. 20, 1990 inception. On the much older Hot Country Songs chart, Strait accounts for 124 charted singles, dating back to his 1981 ascent to country music stardom.

Strait's status as the first artist to tally 100 entries on Billboard's Country Airplay chart further distances him from Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney, both tied with 90 appearances apiece. Tim McGraw (84) and Alan Jackson (82) are the only other Nashville superstars with over 80 entries. The highest-ranking woman, Reba McEntire, sits at 69 charted songs.

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As for Strait's number one hits tally, he's tied with Blake Shelton and Jackson with 26 on the Country Airplay chart, which ties them all for third place behind McGraw (29) and Chesney (30). Shelton tied Strait and Jackson when "God's Country" first topped the chart in July. Strait also holds the record for top 10 entries with 61.

"The Weight of the Badge" appears on Strait's new album Honky Tonk Time Machine. It's a tribute to the men and women of law enforcement, written by Strait, his son Bubba and all-time great songwriter Dean Dillon. A prior single off the album, "Every Little Honky Tonk Bar," cracked the top 20 in May.

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