Taylor Swift Reclaims Top Country Album Spot

But Alan Jackson's "Small Town Southern Man" Remains the No. 1 Country Song

After a debut sales surge that kept it at No. 1 for two weeks on Billboard’s country albums chart, Alan Jackson’s Good Time is pulled back to No. 2 this week by Taylor Swift’s long-reigning self-titled CD. Talk about momentum! Swift’s album continues to have plenty of steam 74 weeks after its release.

Jackson, however, maintains his perch on the peak of the songs charts with “Small Town Southern Man.”

There are six new songs and one new album to report. The lone album is a multi-artist package jawbreakingly titled Original American Classics: Truckin’ Country Classics, which bows in at a humble No. 74.

First-time tunes include Kenny Chesney’s “Better as a Memory” (No. 47), Gary Allan’s “Learning How to Bend” (No. 51), Garth Brooks’ “Midnight Sun” (No. 53), Sugarland’s “Life in a Northern Town” (No. 57), Dolly Parton’s “Jesus & Gravity” (No. 58) and Crystal Shawanda’s “You Can Let Go” (No. 60). The Sugarland track also features Little Big Town and Jake Owen.

Re-entering the albums chart are Diamond Rio’s 16 Biggest Hits (No. 69), Cross Canadian Ragweed’s Mission California (No. 70) and The Very Best of Tracy Lawrence (No. 74).

Counting down the Top 5 albums after Swift’s and Jackson’s, we find Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride, Rascal Flatts’ Still Feels Good and Brooks’ The Ultimate Hits, in that order.

The remaining Top 5 songs, top to bottom, are Trace Adkins’ “You’re Gonna Miss This,” Chris Cagle’s “What Kinda Gone,” George Strait’s “I Saw God Today” and Underwood’s “All-American Girl.”

Just think, Taylor, you’ve still got two years to go as a “teen sensation.”

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