On This Date: George Strait Released His 40th #1 Hit, “She Let Herself Go,” In 2005

George Strait country music
George Strait

When you have 60 #1 singles like King George, it’s pretty hard to keep up with when each one topped the charts.

And on this date in 2005, George Strait released his 40th #1 single, “She Let Herself Go,” from his Somewhere Down in Texas record.

Written by Dean Dillon and Kerry Kurt Phillips, it was the second single from the aforementioned album, and tied Conway Twitty’s record for the most #1’s in country at the time when it peaked at the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It has also since been certified Gold by the RIAA.

George later broke the record of 40 #1 hits in 2006 with his 41st #1 single, “Give It Away.”

I’ve always loved “She Let Herself Go” for the clever play on words, where the man assumes after a breakup that the girl will “let herself go” physically and emotionally because she’s so distraught, but she winds up doing things she never thought she could and having the time of her life:

“Let herself go on her first blind dateHad the time of her life with some friends at the lakeLet herself go, buy a brand new carDrove down to the beach, he always said was too farSand sure felt good between her toes”

I mean, you really can’t beat a good old fashioned country song like this:


A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock