It appears that Rascal Flatts, the top-selling country act of 2006, will end the year on a high note. After a 17-week climb, “My Wish” has reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s country airplay chart. Sugarland’s “Want To” inches up one spot to No. 2, and Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” falls two notches to No. 3. Tim McGraw’s “My Little Girl” follows at No. 4, and Kenny Chesney’s “You Save Me” is No. 5, switching places from last week.
Brad Paisley’s “She’s Everything,” Montgomery Gentry’s “Some People Change,” George Strait’s “It Just Comes Natural” and Rodney Atkins’ “Watching You” remain at No. 6 through No. 9, respectively. At 16 years old, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift marks her debut in the Top 10 with “Tim McGraw.”
Only one new song debuts on the charts this week: Paisley’s “Born on Christmas Day” at No. 54. Paisley is also at No. 60 with “Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy.” The Dean Martin and Martina McBride duet, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” enjoys a sleigh ride — um, make that a slight rise — to No. 51.
Underwood’s Some Hearts returns to its No. 1 perch on the country albums chart. Rascal Flatts’ Me and My Gang also ascends to No. 2. In its fourth week, Keith Urban’s Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing falls to No. 4, trailed by the latest albums from Sugarland, Strait and Josh Turner, at No. 4, 5 and 6, respectively. Paisley has back-to-back albums in the Top 10 with Time Well Wasted at No. 7 and Brad Paisley Christmas at No. 8. Atkins’ If You’re Going Through Hell heats up the No. 9 slot. Following several TV appearances, including a performance on The View, Wynonna’s A Classic Christmas vaults into the Top 10, jumping 26 positions.
Other Christmas albums on the country chart include Elvis Presley’s Elvis Christmas at No. 14, A Blue Collar Christmas: Redneck Style at No. 39, Today’s Country Christmas at No. 47, Redneck Christmas at No. 49, Johnny Cash’s Country Christmas at No. 52, Kenny Rogers Christmas Collection at No. 57, Alabama: Christmas Collection at No. 62 and Vince Gill Christmas Collection at No. 68.
Gill’s holiday project also earns the week’s highest debut. Esteemed singer-songwriter Guy Clark’s Workbench Songs also arrives on the chart on No. 74.