Toby Keith’s career momentum shows no signs of slowing, as he notches yet another No. 1 hit with “As Good As I Once Was.” The single, which he co-wrote with Scotty Emerick, took just 10 weeks to reach the top spot on Billboard‘s country airplay chart. He knocks Rascal Flatts’ “Fast Cars and Freedom” from their two-week perch. The trio settles at No. 2. Sugarland’s “Something More” holds at No. 3 with a bullet.
Faith Hill’s “Mississippi Girl” continues its race toward the top. In its ninth week, the autobiographical tune jumps to No. 4. It’s her first Top 5 hit since “If My Heart Had Wings” topped out at No. 3 in 2001. George Strait’s “You’ll Be There” dips to No. 5, after peaking last week at No. 4. Keith Urban’s “Making Memories of Us” and Kenny Chesney’s “Keg in the Closet” land at No. 6 and 7, respectively. Brooks & Dunn’s “Play Something Country” moves ahead a slot to No. 8, followed by Brad Paisley’s “Alcohol” at No. 9 and Darryl Worley’s “If Something Should Happen” at No. 10.
Only two songs enter the country airplay chart this week: Jeff Bates’ “Good People” at No. 57 and Andy Griggs’ “This I Gotta See” at No. 58.
Meanwhile, Strait’s Somewhere Down in Texas isn’t hard to find. Despite a 62 percent drop in sales, it maintains the No. 1 position on Billboard‘s country albums chart for the second week. Keith’s Honkytonk University stays at No. 2 and Rascal Flatts’ Feels Like Today remains at No. 3. Sugarland’s Twice the Speed of Life — newly certified platinum for shipments of a million copies — jumps a notch to No. 4, trading places with Urban’s Be Here.
Keith’s Greatest Hits 2, Big & Rich’s Horse of a Different Color, Chesney’s When the Sun Goes Down, Dierks Bentley’s Modern Day Drifter and Gretchen Wilson’s Here for the Party round out the Top 10.
No new albums debuted this week.