Rascal Flatts’ “Banjo” Rings as Week’s Top Song

Lionel Richie's Tuskegee Perseveres as No. 1 Album

Three new CDs debut within the Top 5 in this week’s Billboard country album chart, but Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee still stands at No. 1, as it has for four of the five weeks since its release.

On the songs chart, however, Rascal Flatts“Banjo” has reached the summit after a valiant 16-week climb, displacing Blake Shelton’s “Drink on It,” which reigned supreme for the past two weeks.

The new album entries — there are four in all — are Lee Brice’s Hard 2 Love (No. 2), Kip Moore’s Up All Night (No. 3), the Josh Abbott Band’s Small Town Family Dream (No. 5) and Marty Stuart’s Nashville, Vol. 1: Tear the Woodpile Down (No. 41).

Luke Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines hangs in at No. 4.

Returning to the charts are The Best of Rascal Flatts Live (No. 72) and Vince Gill’s Guitar Slinger (No. 74).

Kellie Pickler claims the highest-debuting new song with “100 Proof,” which surfaces at No. 53. The other newcomers are Randy Houser’s “How Country Feels” (No. 55) and Jaida Dreyer’s “Guy’s Girl” (No. 59).

Kristen Kelly’s “Ex-Old Man” re-enters at No. 60.

Completing the Top 5 songs cluster this week are Lady Antebellum’s “Dancin’ Away With My Heart,” Miranda Lambert’s “Over You,” Jason Aldean’s “Fly Over States” and Shelton’s “Drink on It,” in that order.

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