December 20

“Turn on the Radio:” Reba McEntire’s 25th No. 1 Single

Queen of Country Music Reba McEntire is one of the most decorated female country artists of all time. She has charted more songs than most of the other female stars now. Also, she has received different awards like the CMAs, ACMs, AMAs, and Grammys. In fact, just lately, she was one of the honorees of the Kennedy Center Honors that awards artists who have accomplished and contributed a lot in their chosen field of career. Well, Reba is just as deserving as the other recipients.

Reba Records “Turn on the Radio”

Going back to her number one hits, Reba earned her 25th number one single in 2010 with “Turn the Radio On.” As a matter of fact, today is the day when the song hit number one on the charts.

Released on July 19, 2010, “Turn on the Radio” was penned by Mark Oakley, Cherie Oakley, and J. P. Twang. Reba McEntire recorded this song as the lead single for her 34thcareer album, All the Women I Am.

Furthermore, the tune first appeared on the Billboard Hot Country Songs at no. 54. Later, it penetrated the top ten, making it Reba’s 60th Top 10 single on the country charts. With this feat, she became the first female country artist in history to achieve the most top 10 hits.

Moreover, “Turn on the Radio” then clinched the top spot of the charts on December 19, 2010, until the week of January 1, 2011. This marks Reba’s 25th and final number 1 song on the chart. She tied with Dolly Parton for having the most no.1 songs by a female country artist.

Song Criticism

With the achievements that the song has taken, it has mixed reviews from music critics. Country Universe correspondent John Coyne gave the song a D. Further, he stated that until Reba put out something better, he would keep listening to “Consider Me Gone,” another song of Reba. On the other hand, Matt Bjorke of Roughstock rated the song 4 and ½ stars out of 5. He said:

“In the hands of a less-seasoned vocalist, this song could’ve been something horribly lacking but in Reba’s hands, it’s a remarkable success.”

Check out Reba’s “Turn on the Radio” here:


No. 1 Song, Reba McEntire, Turn on the Radio

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