In the liner notes to his album When the Sun Goes Down, Kenny Chesney writes that “Anything but Mine” reminds him of a spring break fling in Daytona Beach as a college sophomore. He doesn’t know where that sorority girl is now, but the song can easily be found at the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart.
It’s the third No. 1 from the album, but expect to hear “Keg in the Closet,” another single from the project, on the radio in the next few weeks.
Chesney knocks Craig Morgan’s “That’s What I Love About Sunday” to No. 2. Brooks & Dunn’s “It’s Getting Better All the Time” and Montgomery Gentry’s “Gone” remain in third and fourth place, while Jo Dee Messina’s “My Give a Damn’s Busted,” inches one spot to No. 5. Sugarland’s “Baby Girl” descends to No. 6, ahead of Gretchen Wilson’s “Homewrecker” at No. 7 and Andy Griggs’ “If Heaven” at No. 8. Toby Keith’s “Honkytonk U” and Joe Nichols’ “What’s a Guy Gotta Do” enter the Top 10 at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.
Jason Aldean, a newcomer on independent label Broken Bow, earns the week’s highest debut as “Hicktown” arrives at No. 55. Other new singles include Blue County’s “That Summer Song” at No. 56, Rebecca Lynn Howard’s “No One’ll Ever Love Me” at No. 58 and Shooter Jennings’ “4th of July” at No. 59. The latter features George Jones singing “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” After four weeks on the chart, peaking at No. 48, Cowboy Troy’s “I Play Chicken With the Train” appears to have lost steam to arrive at No. 60.
Blue-collar comedian Larry the Cable Guy entered last week’s country albums chart at No. 1 with The Right to Bare Arms. He continues his grip on the chart this week, too, with Rascal Flatts’ Feels Like Today and Wilson’s Here For the Party holding steady at No. 2 and No. 3. Shania Twain’s Greatest Hits lands at No. 4, ahead of Chesney’s Be As You Are: Songs From an Old Blue Chair at No. 5, McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying at No. 6, the all-star project Totally Country Vol. 4 at No. 7, Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down at No. 8 and Keith Urban’s Be Here at No. 9. Meanwhile, Sugarland’s debut Twice the Speed of Life rounds out the Top 10, marking the Atlanta trio’s first appearance there.