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Billboard Recognizes Kenny Rogers' Adult Contemporary Success

Kenny Rogers' 28 Adult Contemporary Top 10 singles have earned him the number 6 spot on Billboard's 50th Anniversary of Adult Contemporary Chart. He is the fourth-best male on the chart, following only Elton John, Neil Diamond and Elvis Presley. Kenny has had eight No. 1 Adult Contemporary songs throughout his career - more than any other country artist.
"(My crossover hits) turned a lot of people toward country music that wouldn't have come to it otherwise," explained Kenny. "When they realized I was singing country sentiment with a little more accessible tonality, then I think they came in. And the great thing about country is once you come in, you don't leave. It's such pure music."
Kenny has had 47 hits on the Adult Contemporary Charts, the same amount as Barry Manilow. He and Barbra Streisand were the only artists to release Top 10 Adult Contemporary songs in the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s. 
Kenny said, "I never set out to be on the AC charts; I set out to do good songs." It seems he was able to do both.