Taylor Swift Dominates Country Charts

After the Holiday Lull, Eight Acts Chart New Songs

Goodbye, Santa. Hello, normalcy. With all the Christmas music now gone, new songs have popped up on the charts, and lots of the albums that the seasonal fare had squeezed out are back.

And, oh yes, the unsinkable Taylor Swift tops both the songs and albums charts this week.

Coming in highest among the first-time songs is Joe Nichols’ “It Ain’t No Crime,” bowing at No. 45. Following it are Jypsi’s “I Don’t Love You Like That” (No. 46), Miranda Lambert’s “Gunpowder & Lead” (No. 51), Star De Azlan’s “She’s Pretty” (No. 52), Rocky Lynne’s “I Can’t Believe It’s Me” (No. 54), Josh Turner and Trisha Yearwood’s “Another Try” (No. 57), Yearwood’s “This Is Me You’re Talking To” (No. 58) and the Road Hammers’ “I Don’t Know When to Quit” (No. 60).

Songs re-entering the charts are Big & Rich’s “Loud” (No. 48), Cole Deggs & the Lonesome’s “Girl Next Door” (No. 49), Tracy Lawrence’s “Til I Was a Daddy Too” (No. 50), Gretchen Wilson’s “You Don’t Have to Go Home” (No. 53), Dolly Parton’s “Better Get to Livin'” (No. 55), Crossin Dixon’s “Make You Mine” (No. 56) and Trace Adkins’ “I Got My Game On” (No. 59).

Following Swift’s “Our Song” in the Top 5 are Sugarland’s “Stay,” Montgomery Gentry’s “What Do Ya Think About That,” Rascal Flatts’ “Winner at a Losing Game” and Keith Urban’s “Everybody.”

There are no new albums on this week’s chart. The returning titles are Emerson Drive’s Countrified (No. 52), the various artists collection Three Wooden Crosses (No. 58), Alabama’s 16 Biggest Hits (No. 60), The Very Best of Travis Tritt (No. 61), Cross Canadian Ragweed’s Mission California (No. 64), Jake Owen’s Startin’ With Me (No. 65) and The Very Best of Tracy Lawrence (No. 66).

Also, Gram Parson and the Flying Burrito Brothers’ Gram Parsons Archive Volume One: Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969 (No. 67), The Very Best of Reba McEntire: 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection (No. 68), the multi-artist Forever Country (No. 70), Merle Haggard’s The Bluegrass Sessions (No. 71), the various artists anthology Original American Classics: Country Greats (No. 72), Tritt’s The Storm (No. 73) and Wilson’s One of the Boys (No. 75).

Trooping in descending order after Taylor Swift in the Top 5 albums are Garth Brooks’ The Ultimate Hits, the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden, Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride and Rascal Flatts’ Still Feels Good.

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