Billboard has gone all the way back to 1958 and analyzed their country charts in search of the overall top-charting country artist. With 44 number one hits on the Hot Country Songs chart, George Strait landed in first place!..........

Weekly performances on Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums charts were used to rank the top country singers, singles and albums.

In case you're wondering, Strait's first number one single was “Fool Hearted Memory” in 1982 on his 'Strait from the Heart' album. He has had 26 number one albums on the Top Country Albums chart.

Rounding out the top five in Billboard’s list of top country artists are Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Alabama and Conway Twitty.

Way to go George, we've always known you are the best!