McGraw Makes Manly Leap to No. 1

Tim McGraw returns to the top of the country singles chart this week with “Real Good Man” while Alan Jackson’s Greatest Hits Volume II and Some Other Stuff spends another week at No. 1 on the country albums list.

McGraw’s single pushes “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” Jackson’s duet with Jimmy Buffett, to No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks. Dierks Bentley, who scored his first chart topper two weeks ago with “What Was I Thinkin’,” remains in the second position this week. Buddy Jewell’s “Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey’s Song)” slips one notch to No. 4, and Gary Allan’s “Tough Little Boys” stays at No. 5. Martina McBride’s “This One’s for the Girls” climbs to No. 6, and Keith Urban’s “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me” slips to No. 7. Rising two slots each are Rascal Flatts’ “I Melt”(No. 8) and Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar” (No. 9). Clay Walker’s “A Few Questions” falls one position to round out the Top 10.

Kellie Coffey has the week’s highest-debuting single, with “Texas Plates” arriving at No. 53. Other debuts include Shania Twain’s “She’s Not Just a Pretty Face” (No. 55), Vince Gill’s “Young Man’s Town” (No. 57) and Kevin Denney’s “A Year at a Time” (No. 59). Lorrie Morgan’s “Do You Still Want to Buy Me That Drink (Frank)” enters the chart at No. 60.

On the country albums chart, the all-star hits compilation Totally Country Vol. 3 debuts at No. 2, just behind Jackson. Johnny Cash’s American IV: The Man Comes Around drops to No. 3, and Twain’s Up! slips to No. 4. With Rascal Flatts’ Melt holding steady at No. 5, Emmylou Harris debuts at No. 6 with Stumble Into Grace. Lonestar received a sales surge to move From There to Here: Greatest Hits up two spaces to No. 7. Toby Keith’s Unleashed tumbles four posts to No. 8, and Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems slides to No. 9 from No. 6. Keith Urban revisits the Top 10 with Golden Road.

The Maverick’s self-titled album, their first for Sanctuary Records, debuts at No. 32. The Ultimate Clint Black, a “best of” collection, enters the chart at No. 39. Steve Earle’s Just an American Boy: The Audio Documentary makes its chart debut at No. 43. Other country albums debuting this week include Kenny Rogers’ Back to the Well (No. 52), Dwight Yoakam’s In Others Words (No. 59) and Chris Knight’s The Jealous Kind (No. 67).

Calvin Gilbert has served as’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.