Toby Keith’s Roundup of Hits Debuts at No. 1

James Otto Is Still Top Dog on Songs Chart

Toby Keith vaults to the peak of Billboard’s country albums chart this week with his career-sweeping two-disc collection, 35 Biggest Hits, while James Otto’s “Just Got Started Lovin; You” spends its second week as the No. 1 country song.

The only other new albums are also adventures in repackaging: Dierks Bentley’s Greatest Hits: Every Mile a Memory 2003-2008, which enters at No. 2, and Hank Williams Jr.’s Hank Jr.: Collector’s Edition, squeaking in at No. 67. Patsy Cline: Collector’s Edition returns to the chart at No. 71.

Songs making their first appearance this week are Chris Cagle’s “No Love Songs” (No. 53), Craig Morgan’s initial single from his new label, BNA Records, “Love Remembers” (No. 54); and Rissi Palmer’s “No Air” (No. 58). Cross Canadian Ragweed’s ineradicable “Cry Lonely” makes yet another comeback, re-entering the airplay competition at No. 59.

Trailing Keith and Bentley in the Top 5 albums list are Taylor Swift, George Strait’s Troubadour and Tim McGraw’s Greatest Hits: Limited Edition, in that order.

Within the Top 5 songs, Brad Paisley’s “I’m Still a Guy” springs from No. 5 to No. 2; Phil Vassar’s “Love Is a Beautiful Thing” hops from No. 6 to No. 3; Swift’s “Picture to Burn” retreats from No. 3 to No. 4; and Strait’s “I Saw God Today” drops from No. 2 to No. 5.

That’s pretty much the story this time around. So when are we going to see some blockbuster new albums? The world is waiting.

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