Toby Keith didn’t win any CMA awards this year, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t feel the love from the country industry. In fact, “I Love This Bar” has reached No. 1 after only 12 weeks on the Billboard country singles chart. His new album Shock’N Y’all, released Tuesday (Nov. 4), is expected to debut at No. 1 on the country albums chart in the next issue.
Meanwhile, Keith Urban falls to No. 2 with “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me.” Rascal Flatts’ “I Melt” climbs to No. 3, followed by Pat Green’s “Wave on Wave” at No. 4 and Gary Allan’s “Tough Little Boys” at No. 5. Martina McBride’s “This One’s for the Girls” tumbles to No. 6, and George Strait’s “Cowboys Like Us” saddles up at No. 7. Chris Cagle’s “Chicks Dig It” holds steady at No. 8, followed by Billy Currington’s “Walk a Little Straighter” and Montgomery Gentry’s good-time anthem “Hell Yeah.”
After four weeks on the charts, Kenny Chesney scoots up to No. 15 with “There Goes My Life.” (A new studio album is expected early next year.) Debuting singles include Mark Wills’ “That’s a Woman” at No. 58 and Sonya Isaacs’ “No Regrets Yet” at No. 60.
Alan Jackson’s Greatest Hits Volume II and Some Other Stuff remains at No. 1, holding off Keith’s Unleashed at No. 2 and Martina at No. 3. Shania Twain’s Up! and Rascal Flatts’ Melt round out the Top 5. New albums from Lonestar, Allan, Johnny Cash, Tim McGraw and Chesney continue their residency in the Top 10.
Chesney also rises to No. 17 with All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan. Billy Ray Cyrus’ gospel project The Other Side arrives at No. 18. In its second week, Wills’ album And the Crowd Goes Wild plummets from No. 5 to No. 20, while Keith’s The Millenium Collection jumps from No. 53 to No. 38. Other debuts include Classic Country: Queens of Country at No. 61 and A Very Special Acoustic Christmas at No. 71.