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No. 63: Buck Owens, ‘Act Naturally’ – Top 100 Country Songs

Act Naturally
Capitol Nashville

While this song has been covered by artists like the Beatles, Dwight Yoakam and Loretta Lynn, it was Buck Owens’ version that made ‘Act Naturally’ a hit first. In 1963, the song became his first No. 1 hit, launching a superstar career. It’s widely considered among the top songs of all time, and was a no-brainer for this list of the Top 100 Country Songs.

‘Act Naturally’ was the first of 14 straight No. 1 hits for Owens. He had 21 over the course of his 39-album career, proving how the difference between never-heard-of and superstar can often be one good song. Owens would go on to invent a style all his own. The Bakersfield sound can be heard today on albums from Yoakam and Dierks Bentley.

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