If Toby Keith’s got some stallions in Oklahoma, they’ll be stumbling drunk this week. That’s because the country star tops the Billboard singles chart with “Beer for My Horses.” Keith’s duet partner, Willie Nelson, last reached No. 1 in 1989 with “Nothing I Can Do About It Now.”
“To have Willie back on modern young country radio with a No. 1 record and being a part of that experience has been gratifying,” Keith says. “It was a dream of mine when I co-wrote the song to have Willie sing on it and for it to go No. 1. It was too perfect for it not to come true. It’s a great thing to have Willie back on the radio.”
On the singles chart, Lonestar knock at the door with “My Front Porch Looking In,” at No. 2, up from No. 6. Rascal Flatts’ “Love You Out Loud” moves up one to No. 3. Diamond Rio’s “I Believe” and Randy Travis’ “Three Wooden Crosses” — both previously No. 1 hits — fall to Nos. 5 and 6, respectively. Chris Cagle’s “What a Beautiful Day” lands at No. 6, Jimmy Wayne’s “Stay Gone” climbs to No. 7 and Keith Urban’s “Raining on Sunday” dips to No. 8.
Craig Morgan, a U.S. Special Forces solider who spent 11 years in the Army, cracks the Top 10 for the first time with “Almost Home,” at No. 9. Finally, Montgomery Gentry round out the list with “Speed” at No. 10. Shania Twain’s “Forever and For Always” climbs six spots to No. 14 and remains the only female in the Top 20.
New singles include Patty Loveless’ “Lovin’ All Night,” a remake of Rodney Crowell’s 1992 hit, at No. 53. Sherrié Austin debuts at No. 54 with “Streets of Heaven,” followed by Deric Ruttan’s “When You Come Around” and Jeff Carson’s “I Can Only Imagine.”
Keith also reclaims No. 1 on the country albums chart with Unleashed, a week after winning the ACM’s entertainer of the year trophy. Jo Dee Messina’s Greatest Hits slips a notch to No. 2, followed by Shania Twain’s Up! and Darryl Worley’s first platinum album, Have You Forgotten?, at No. 3 and 4, respectively. The Dixie Chicks, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Urban round out the Top 10.
No country albums debuted this week, although Keith pops up on the Billboard bluegrass chart. Pickin’ on Toby Keith: Red, White and Bluegrass, an instrumental tribute, arrives at No. 10, as Alison Krauss & Union Station’s Live holds steady at No. 1.