Darius Rucker Claims No. 1 Song Spot With “Alright”

Taylor Swift's Fearless Extends Its Tenure as Top Album

After simmering in second place for two weeks, Darius Rucker’s “Alright” finally boils to the top of Billboard’s country songs chart. Simultaneously, Taylor Swift’s Fearless continues its hold as country music’s No. 1 album.

The week’s highest debuting (and only new) album is Telluride’s Four Square Miles, which arrives at No. 52. Making comebacks are Ronnie Milsap’s Then Sings My Soul: 24 Favorite Hymns and Gospel Songs (returning at No. 55) and Craig Morgan’s That’s Why (No. 75).

Songs making their first appearance include Josh Thompson’s “Beer on the Table” (No. 55), George Strait’s “El Rey” (No. 58), Sara Evans’ “Feels Just Like a Love Song” (No. 59) and Brooks & Dunn’s “Honky Tonk Stomp,” featuring ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons (No. 60).

Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthew’s “I’m Alive” re-enters the airplay fray at No. 41.

Completing the Top 5 albums in descending order are the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation, the soundtrack for Hannah Montana: The Movie, Jason Aldean’s Wide Open and Rucker’s Learn to Live.

Songs No. 2 through No. 5 are Billy Currington’s “People Are Crazy,” Swift’s “You Belong With Me,” Rascal Flatts’s “Summer Nights” and, making its bow into the charmed circle, Randy Houser’s “Boots On.”

A couple of songs show extraordinary muscle: Toby Keith’s “American Ride,” which gallops from No. 19 to No. 14, and Brad Paisley’s “Welcome to the Future,” hopping from No. 21 to No. 16.

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