Six months after it first surfaced on The Greatest Hits Collection II, Brooks & Dunn’s “It’s Getting Better All the Time” has proven itself a suitable title.
The ballad, written by bluegrass musician Ronnie Bowman and producer Don Cook, tops Billboard’s country airplay chart after multiple-week runs from Kenny Chesney’s “Anything but Mine” (now at No. 2) and Craig Morgan’s “That’s What I Love About Sunday” (at No. 4). Meanwhile, Montgomery Gentry’s “Gone” loses its momentum at No. 3 and Jo Dee Messina’s “My Give a Damn’s Busted” holds steady at No. 5.
Gretchen Wilson’s “Homewrecker” moves up a spot to No. 6, trailed by Andy Griggs’ “If Heaven” at No. 7, Trace Adkins’ “Songs About Me” at No. 8, Joe Nichols’ “What’s a Guy Gotta Do” at No. 9 and Toby Keith’s “Honkytonk U” at No. 10.
Further down the chart, Chesney stands at No. 38 with “Keg in the Closet,” the week’s highest debut. Keeping up the traditional country sound, Lee Ann Womack’s “He Oughta Know That by Now” debuts at No. 52. It looks like new albums can be expected soon from Sara Evans and Brad Paisley, who both unveil singles this week. Evans’ “A Real Fine Place to Start” bows at No. 57, and Paisley’s “Alcohol” buzzes in at No. 60.
On the country albums chart, Larry the Cable Guy’s The Right to Bare Arms remains at No. 1 for the fourth consecutive week. (He’ll have strong competition for the top slot next week when new albums from Jo Dee Messina and Buddy Jewell chart for the first time.) Rascal Flatts’ Feels Like Today, Keith Urban’s Be Here and Gretchen Wilson’s Here for the Party stay in second through fourth place, respectively, while Sugarland’s Twice the Speed of Life continues its ascent, reaching No. 5.
Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying, the all-star Totally Country Vol. 4, Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down, Shania Twain’s Greatest Hits and Chesney’s Be As You Are: Songs From an Old Blue Chair complete the Top 10. There are no new albums on the country chart this week, although Loretta Lynn’s Van Lear Rose leaps 10 places, to No. 30.
The Father of Bluegrass makes his first appearance on Billboard’s bluegrass album chart as Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys’ The Definitive Collection arrives at No. 7. Monroe died in 1996, six years before Billboard launched its bluegrass.chart. In addition, Steve Ivey’s Best of Bluegrass bows at No. 10.