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