After more than a decade in the business, Diamond Rio score yet another No. 1 hit with “I Believe.” The tender single jumped from No. 4 to No. 1, marking the band’s fifth chart-topper in Billboard — after “Meet in the Middle,” “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “One More Day” and their previous single “Beautiful Mess.” It’s Diamond Rio’s 19th visit to country’s Top 10 since 1991.
Randy Travis’ “Three Wooden Crosses” dips to No. 2, as Keith Urban’s “Raining on Sunday” climbs from No. 5 to No. 3. Also rising: Chris Cagle’s “What a Beautiful Day,” Toby Keith with Willie Nelson’s “Beer For My Horses,” and Rascal Flatts’ “Love You Out Loud,” at Nos. 4, 5 and 6, respectively. Darryl Worley’s “Have You Forgotten?,” Lonestar’s “My Front Porch Looking In,” Tim McGraw’s “She’s My Kind of Rain” and Kenny Chesney’s “Big Star” round out the Top 10.
In a telling sign of the times, Jessica Andrews is the only female with a single in the Top 20 — but just barely. “There’s More to Me Than You” slides two spots to No. 20. New tunes from Jo Dee Messina, Shania Twain, Sara Evans and Wynonna should fix that problem in the weeks to come.
Brooks & Dunn’s “Red Dirt Road” (No. 15) and George Strait’s “Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa” (No. 19) earn Airpower status on the singles charts. Debuts include Pat Green’s “Wave on Wave” at No. 57, Kenny Rogers’ “I’m Missing You” at No. 59 and Josh Turner’s “Long Black Train” at No. 60.
Keith’s Unleashed reclaims the pole position on the Top Country Albums chart, followed by Worley’s Have You Forgotten? Twain’s Up! earns Pacesetter status, hopping up a slot to No. 3. Albums from the Dixie Chicks, McGraw, Chesney and Johnny Cash meet in the middle, at Nos. 4 to 7, respectively. Travis’ Rise and Shine finally moves into the Top 10 after 31 weeks on the chart, at No. 8. Urban’s Golden Road and Rascal Flatts’ Melt hold steady at Nos. 9 and 10, as Martina McBride’s Greatest Hits falls to No. 11.
Though not a strictly country album, It’ll Come to You… The Songs of John Hiatt debuts at No. 37. The collection includes Patty Griffin, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton & B.B. King and Rosanne Cash (among others) interpreting Hiatt’s literate-yet-rock-solid tunes. Despite almost no radio airplay for the single “Tennessee,” Marcel’s You, Me and the Windshield bows at No. 48. Reckless Kelly, heroes on the Texas music scene, saddle up at No. 67 with Under the Table & Above the Sun. Mike Marshall & Chris Thile stir things up at No. 71, with Into the Cauldron.