Taylor Swift and the Zac Brown Band Still Rule the Charts

Five Christmas Songs Make the First Appearance

Five fresh Christmas carols twinkle onto the latest Billboard country song chart, while Taylor Swift’s Fearless and the Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried” continue as the No. 1 album and song. It’s the third straight week at the top for Swift and the second for ZBB.

Trace AdkinsX (Ten) is the highest debuting album, coming aboard at No. 7 on first-week sales of nearly 37,000 copies. The only other new album is Elvis Presley’s Collector’s Edition: Elvis Inspirational Memories, which bows at No. 70.

The re-entries are Faith Hill’s The Hits, encoring at No. 48, and Waylon Jennings & the 357’s Waylon Forever (No. 75).

Charting highest among the new Christmas songs is Rascal Flatts’ “Jingle Bell Rock” (No. 45). Also arriving from Flatts are “White Christmas” (No. 52) and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (No. 58).

Rounding out the holiday sentiments are Hill’s “A Baby Changes Everything” (No. 57) and the Presley/Carrie Underwood duet, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (No. 60).

The remaining new songs are Swift’s “White Horse” (No. 37) and Jessica Andrews’ “Everything” (No. 59).

Albums No. 2 through No. 5, in that order, are Hill’s Joy to the World, Sugarland’s Love on the Inside, Presley’s Christmas Duets and the unsinkable Taylor Swift, which has now been on the chart for 110 weeks.

Trailing “Chicken Fried” in the week’s Top 5 songs are Tim McGraw’s “Let It Go,” Montgomery Gentry’s “Roll With Me,” Rascal Flatts’ “Here” and Sugarland’s “Already Gone.”

Here’s a tip for those loan-seeking car companies: Try Kenny Chesney.

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