The Eagles Are Back on Top of Country Chart

Toby Keith, Taylor Swift Debut Christmas Songs

After falling back to second place for two weeks, the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden has again sprung to the top of Billboard’s country albums chart, swapping positions with Garth Brooks’ The Ultimate Hits. Meanwhile, Carrie Underwood’s “So Small” tops the songs chart for the third week in a row.

There are only two albums surfacing this week as Music Row surrenders to the seasonal doldrums. They are the multi-artist CD, Original American Classics: Country Greats, which comes aboard at No. 73, and the Hit Crew’s DJ’s Choice: Blue Collar Christmas, edging on at No. 75.

The new songs are Toby Keith’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” (No. 51), Taylor Swift’s “Christmases When You Were Mine” (No. 56) and Underwood’s “All American Girl” (No. 58). Cole Deggs & the Lonesome’s “Girl Next Door” returns at No. 60.

Trooping behind the Eagles and Brooks, in order, are Underwood’s Carnival Ride, Swift’s self-titled debut and Rascal Flatts’ Still Feels Good. Rounding out the Top 5 songs, also in descending sequence, are Brooks’ “More Than a Memory,” Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink,” Josh Turner’s “Firecracker” and George Strait’s “How ’Bout Them Cowgirls.”

The hullabaloo attending Thursday’s (Dec. 6) announcement of the final Grammy nominations should shake up the charts a bit next week. Otherwise, we can all settle in for a long winter’s nap.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to