Randy Travis Returns to Country’s Top 10

Randy Travis returns to the Top 10 of the Billboard country singles chart — his first appearance in four years — with “Three Wooden Crosses” at No. 10. His earliest hits, starting with 1986’s “1982,” were released on Warner Bros., and his three most recent Top 10s were issued on DreamWorks in 1998 with “Wisdom of a Boy, Spirit of a Man” peaking at No. 2 in 1999. Now on the Christian label Word, Travis also climbs to No. 18 on the Billboard country album chart, an all-time high for 2002’s Rise and Shine.

Darryl Worley ’s patriotic anthem “Have You Forgotten?” spends its second week at No. 1 on the singles chart, but the competition is heating up. All but one song in the Top 10 is still climbing the chart. Right behind Worley is Alan Jackson ’s “That’d Be Alright” and Kenny Chesney ’s “Big Star.” Joe Nichols ’ “Brokenheartsville” drops to No. 4, as Tim McGraw ’s “She’s My Kind of Rain,” Martina McBride ’s “Concrete Angel,” Keith Urban ’s “Raining on Sunday” and Diamond Rio ’s “I Believe” remain at Nos. 5 to 8, respectively. Chris Cagle ’s “What a Beautiful Day” moves from No. 11 to No. 9.

Cagle also debuts at No. 1 with his self-titled album, edging the Dixie ChicksHome from the top slot by less than 300 copies. Toby Keith ’s Unleashed sits at No. 3, Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors at No. 4 and Johnny Cash ’s The Man Comes Around at No. 5. The latest albums from Shania Twain , McBride, Chesney, George Strait and Nichols round out the Top 10.

In its third week of release, Deana Carter ’s I’m Just a Girl drops from No. 10 to No. 21. The first single, “There’s No Limit,” peaked at No. 14 last week. Meanwhile, Craig Morgan ’s album I Love It jumps from No. 37 to No. 27 with the single “Almost Home” at No. 22.

A few new titles spring into action. The Essential Willie Nelson debuts at No. 24 and The Gospel Collection: George Jones Sings the Greatest Stories Ever Told bows at No. 25. O Mickey, Where Art Thou?: The Voices of Bluegrass Sing the Best of Disney squeaks in at No. 60.

Brad Martin (“Before I Knew Better”) returns with the single “One of Those Days” at No. 53 with new tunes from Aaron Lines , Brooks & Dunn , McHayes and Jennifer Hanson also denting the lower rungs.