Remember When George Strait Earned His 40th No.1 With ‘She Let Herself Go?’

George Strait; Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Essential Broadcast Media
George Strait; Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Essential Broadcast Media
George Strait; Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Essential Broadcast Media

George Strait earned his 40th No.1 single on this day in 2006 when “She Let Herself Go” topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Co-written by Dean Dillon and Kerry Kurt Phillips, “She Let Herself Go” tells the story of a woman who finds herself enjoying new life experiences following a breakup. The song serves as a play on the common phrase “she let herself go,” which typically refers to a woman who no longer cares about her physical or emotional state when a relationship ends. 

“Let herself go on a singles cruise/ To Vegas once then to Honolulu/ Let herself go to New York City/ A week at the Spa, came back knocked-out pretty/ When he said he didn’t love her no more/ She let herself go,” Strait sings on the chorus. 

“She Let Herself Go” is the second single from Strait’s Somewhere Down in Texas album. It was released to country radio on September 6, 2005. After debuting on the chart at No.49, “She Let Herself Go” reached the top spot in just 18 weeks. 

The chart-topping success of the song earned the superstar his 40th No.1, tying Conway Twitty for the most No.1 songs on that chart. Strait quickly broke Twitty’s record when he earned his 41st chart-topper with “Give It Away” in September of 2006. 

To date, Strait, who is widely known as the King of Country Music, has earned 60 No.1 singles. The Texas native has more No. 1 songs than any other artist in history (including Elvis). He’s sold over 68.5 million records and earned 33 platinum or multi-platinum albums. 

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