May 19, 1984: #1 on the Country chart: "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" by Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson #1 on the Soul chart: "Hello" by Lionel Richie #1 on the Dance & Disco chart: "Let's Hear it For the Boy" by Deniece Williams #1 on the Album chart: The Footloose soundtrack
Can anyone think of another week where the #1 Country, Soul, and Dance songs all were songs also in that week's 40? Making this week even more notable is the fact that all of these are also in this week's Top 5.
We think alike Mike! When I just heard the #1s as Casey said them, I thought just that about them all being in the top 5.
And just think: After this week, the presence of a #1 Country song in the countdown would fall off the proverbial cliff.
A #1 Country song being in the countdown at the time it was #1 Country would not happen again under Billboard - at least, not as performed by the same act.
On 10/11/86, #1 Country was "Friends and Lovers" - but on the Country chart, it was titled "Both to Each Other (Friends and Lovers)", and as I recall, Casey played a piece of the Eddie Rabbitt & Juice Newton recording that week (which was also the week that the Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson original fell from its #2 peak in the countdown).
Twice more, a #1 Country song would later turn up in the countdown - "I'll Still Be Loving You" (#1 on 3/21/87, hitting AT40 in June) and "Achy Breaky Heart" (#1 on 5/30 and the entire month of June 1992, hitting AT40 in July). And "I Swear", of course, also had two versions - the original Country at #1 there for the entire month of February 1994 with All-4-One's cover hitting AT40 at the end of April.
In total, it wouldn't happen again until shortly after AT40 returned in 1998, on 4/25 - though Casey didn't even mention it that week. (Actually, he seemed to rarely, if ever, read Country #1s on AT40 itself during his second run - instead that one would be relegated to at least one of the AC countdowns.) The song in question, BTW, was "You're Still the One".