Keith Plants Flag-Waving ‘Courtesy’ at No. 1

With extensive airplay over the Fourth of July weekend, Toby Keith ’s “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” jumps from No. 4 to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Keith’s fifth consecutive No. 1 has been on the charts for only nine weeks.

Kenny Chesney stands firm at No. 2 with “The Good Stuff.” Brad Paisley sinks from No. 1 to No. 3 with “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)” and Lonestar drops a notch to No. 4 with “Not a Day Goes By.” Gary Allan returns to No. 5 with “The One,” a position he held two weeks ago.

Two songs from the songwriting team of Tony Martin, Mark Nesler and Tom Shapiro land in the Top 10 this week: George Strait ’s “Living and Living Well” at No. 6 and Darryl Worley ’s “I Miss My Friend” at No. 10. “I Miss My Friend” marks Worley’s first Top 10 appearance in Billboard.

At No. 7 is Brooks & Dunn ’s “My Heart Is Lost to You.” Kellie Coffey remains at No. 8 with “When You Lie Next to Me” and the Dixie Chicks move ahead to No. 9 with “Long Time Gone.”

Emerson Drive reappears on the charts at No. 43 with their Richard Marx-produced single, “Fall Into Me,” and Faith Hill pops in with “The Star-Spangled Banner” at No. 49. Debuts include Mark McGuinn ’s “More Beautiful Today” at No. 54, Carolyn Dawn Johnson ’s “One Day Closer to You” at No. 58 and Chad Brock ’s “A Man’s Gotta Do” at No. 60.

Chesney stays at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with the platinum No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems. The soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? holds at No. 2, and Alan Jackson ’s Drive, a former chart topper, parks at No. 3. In its second week, SHeDAISY ’s Knock on the Sky drops to No. 4 and Martina McBride glides up to No. 5 with Greatest Hits.

Paisley’s Part II, Allan’s Alright Guy, Tim McGraw ’s Greatest Hits, Keith’s Pull My Chain and McGraw’s Set This Circus Down round out the Top 10.

K.T. Oslin ’s Live Close By, Visit Often resurfaces at No. 72, perhaps due to her hosting duties on CMT’s So Candid, which aired at the end of June. Oslin’s guest on the chat show, Charlie Daniels , re-enters at No. 75 with The Live Record. No new albums debuted on the country chart this week.

Craig Shelburne has been writing for since 2002. He is also a producer for CMT Edge, Concrete Country and Live @ CMT.