9.There's a Honky Tonk Angel (Who'll Take Me Back In)
10.As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone
11.I See the Want in Your Eyes
12.Linda on My Mind
13.Touch the Hand
14.After All the Good Is Gone
15.Play, Guitar, Play
16.Don't Take It Away
17.Happy Birthday Darlin'
18.I'd Love to Lay You Down
19.Rest Your Love on Me
20.Tight Fittin' Jeans
21.Red Neckin' Love Makin' Night
24.I Don't Know a Thing About Love (The Moon Song)
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Additional personnel: Loretta Lynn.
Audio Remasterer: Doug Schwartz.
Liner Note Author: Billy Altman.
Photographers: Les Leverett; Charles Bush.
Despite the frequency with which album titles like Number 1's appear among record releases (this one is part of an entire series by that name), most recording artists don't have enough chart-topping singles to fill such a collection. Conway Twitty, however, has the opposite problem. Until 2006, when he was outdistanced by George Strait, Twitty held the record for the most number one singles on the Billboard country chart at 40. Since this 25-track collection begins with his sole pop chart-topper, "It's Only Make Believe," that leaves room for only 24 of those 40. That means even consisting solely of songs that hit the summit, this album is liable to disappoint a few Twitty fans who will object to the omission of one or the other of the remaining sixteen. (Notably, MCA Nashville has taken the trouble to make this a more-than-one-record-label set by licensing four of Twitty's hits from his days at Elektra and Warner Bros.). But that simply means that there should be a second volume, which could even toss in some of Twitty's number two hits for filler. ~ William Ruhlmann
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