Tim McGraw’s “Southern Voice” Is America’s Top Country Song

Fearless Continues to Make Taylor Swift Peerless

After a 19-week climb, Tim McGraw’s “Southern Voice” is finally shouting from the top of Billboard’s country songs chart. It topples Reba McEntire’s “Consider Me Gone,” which ruled for four weeks, back to No. 5.

Taylor Swift’s Fearless persists as country music’s No. 1 album. It’s been mostly No. 1, but always solidly in the Top 5, for an astounding 62 weeks.

The lone new album this session is Eddie Rabbitt’s Number One Hits, which debuts at No. 71. Younger fans may be interested to know that Rabbitt was a major force in country music from the early 1970s to the late ’80s.

Between 1976 and 1989, he scored 17 No. 1’s, among them “Every Which Way but Loose,” “Drivin’ My Life Away” and “Suspicions” (which McGraw covered and boosted to No. 12 in 2008). Rabbitt died in 1998.

Albums re-entering are Ryan Bingham & the Dead HorsesRoadhouse Sun (No. 64), the multi-artist Best of Country Gospel (No. 69), Rodney Carrington’s El Nino Loco (No. 72) and Randy TravisThree Wooden Crosses: The Inspirational Hits of Randy Travis (No. 75).

Three songs surface for the first time: Craig Morgan’s “This Ain’t Nothin'” (No. 52), Jewel’s “Stay Here Forever” (No. 58) and Colt Ford’s “Mr. Goodtime” (No. 60).

George Strait’s “I Gotta Get to You” pops back on at No. 56.

The No. 2 through No. 4 songs, in that order, are Dierks Bentley’s “I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes,” Jason Aldean’s “The Truth” and Miranda Lambert’s “White Liar.”

Shadowing Swift in the Top 5 albums cluster are Lady Antebellum’s self-titled package, Carrie Underwood’s Play On, the Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation and Aldean’s Wide Open.

More reassuring and alarming numbers headed your way next week.

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