Sony Music Special Products' No. 1 Country Stars, Vol. 1 contains a selection of ten hits culled from the Columbia and Epic vaults. The only thing tying all these songs together is the fact that they topped the country charts, but with songs as strong as Ricky Skaggs' "Country Boy," Mickey Gilley's "Fool for Your Love," Exile's "Hang on to Your Heart," Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers' "Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer to You)," Rosanne Cash's "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me," John Conlee's "Got My Heart Set on You" and Merle Haggard's "Let's Chase Each Other Around the Room," that's enough to make for a first-rate budget-line collection.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine