1968: Stand By Your Man By Tammy Wynette

Composed by Billy Sherrill and Tammy Wynette for her fourth studio album, Stand By Your Man. The song came from an idea that originated from Tammy’s manager, co-writer Billy Sherill. Tammy was not very fond of the song at first because it was unlike anything she had written before and because there is a high note that was hard for her to sing. However, she said that (over time) she got to love the song and came to the point where she could not do a show without it. Stand By Your Man was not popular with the feminist movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Tammy Wynette, in later years, defended the song as not a call for women to place themselves second to men but rather as a suggestion that women attempt to overlook their husband’s shortcomings and faults if they truly love them. Politician Hilary Clinton caused controversy in the 1990’s when, in an interview with CBS’ 60 Minute programme, she said she wasn’t “some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette”. The condemnation from the public was immediate, even coming from Tammy Wynette herself. In 2010, the song was added to the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress in the USA and classified as being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

Chart History (1968 – 1969)Peak Position
Canada Country Singles Chart1
Canada Top Singles Chart15
USA Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart11
USA Billboard Country Singles Chart1
USA Billboard Hot 100 Chart19
Chart History (1975)Peak Position
New Zealand31
United Kingdom1
Year-End Charts (1975)Final Position
United Kingdom5
Chart History (1998)Peak Position
USA Billboard Country Singles Chart 56