Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band Top Country Charts as 2011 Fades Away

Most New Entries Are Holiday Themed

Ho, ho, ho hum.

The last charts of the year are seldom exciting because all the big albums have already been released, and most of the new singles are being held back until the holiday clutter dissipates.

That said, let us see where we stand, Billboard-wise.

Lady Antebellum pops back to its former No. 1 spot on the albums chart with Own the Night, while the Zac Brown Band’s “Keep Me in Mind” settles in for its second week as the prime country song.

All but one of the five new albums are Christmas-themed, the odd man out being the various-artists package This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark, which bows in at No. 61.

The others are Slidawg & the Redneck Ramblers’ Redneck Christmas (No. 47), George Strait’s Christmas Time: 15 Holiday Favorites (No. 62) and the multi-artist grab bags, Country Christmas (No. 54) and Country Christmas (No. 68).

Icon: Don Williams re-enters at No. 73.

The only new song is Martina McBride’s “Please Come Home for Christmas.” It arrives at No. 57.

Trooping in directly behind Own the Night within the Top 5 albums cluster are Scotty McCreery’s Clear as Day (last week’s No. 1), Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party, Taylor Swift’s Speak Now: World Tour Live and Toby Keith’s Clancy’s Tavern.

Songs No. 2 through No. 5 are Aldean’s “Tattoos on This Town,” Rascal Flatts“Easy” (with Natasha Bedingfield), David Nail’s “Let It Rain” and Luke Bryan’s “I Don’t Want This Night to End.”

“Hark! the Nielsen SoundScan rings/Alerting us to blahs and bling.”

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