Allan’s “Tough Little Boys” Hits No. 1

Gary Allan scores his second No. 1 hit, “Tough Little Boys,” on this week’s Billboard country singles chart. A California native who first charted in 1996, Allan also reached No. 1 in March with “Man to Man” – making him the only country artist to have two No. 1 hits this year.

“Tough Little Boys” faces strong competition in the coming weeks, though. Keith Urban’s “Who Wouldn’t Want to Be Me” jumps three spots to No. 2. Martina McBride’s “This One’s For the Girls” bumps up to No. 3 and Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar” catapults from No. 8 to No. 4. Tim McGraw’s “Real Good Man,” last week’s chart-topper, falls to No. 5.

Rascal Flatts’ “I Melt” arrives at No. 6, Dierks Bentley’s “What Was I Thinkin'” dips to No. 7, just ahead of Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett’s “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.” Pat Green inches from No. 9 to No. 8 with “Wave on Wave,” as Buddy Jewell’s “Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey’s Song)” rounds out the Top 10.

Meanwhile, Reba McEntire takes No. 16 with “I’m Gonna Take That Mountain,” Lonestar races to No. 18 with “Walkin’ In Memphis” and Shania Twain’s “She’s Not Just a Pretty Face” leaps from No. 42 to No. 35. Kenny Chesney’s “There Goes My Life” debuts at No. 46, and Dierks Bentley’s “My Last Name” bows at No. 55.

Despite his presence in the Country Music Hall of Fame, Elvis: 2nd To None is not included on the Billboard country albums chart. (It would have debuted at No. 1.) As a result, Jackson’s Greatest Hits Volume II and Some Other Stuff returns to the top spot. That knocks McBride’s Martina to No. 2 and Allan’s See If I Care to No. 3. Johnny Cash’s American IV: The Man Comes Around comes around at No. 4, with Twain’s Up! at No. 5.

Alabama debuts at No. 6 with The American Farewell Tour, a compilation of studio tracks sequenced in the same order as the band’s set list, and Rascal Flatts’ Melt climbs to No. 7. Emmylou Harris’ Stumble Into Grace ascends to No. 8, her third week in the Top 10. Toby Keith’s Unleashed and Totally Country Vol. 3 round out the Top 10.

Chesney’s All I Want For Christmas is a Real Good Tan darkens the door at No. 20, Elvis: 30 #1 Hits is all shook up at No. 21, and Robert Earl Keen can’t cry about Farm Fresh Onions’ debut at No. 24.

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