If You Bet a Taylor Swift Sweep Again, You Won

"Over You" Not Over Yet as New Version Bows at No. 3

Yep. It’s the same old story. Taylor Swift continues to maintain her perch atop Billboard’s country charts, with Red boasting its fifth week as the No. 1 album and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” its eighth as the crowing song.

That ovation you hear is for Cassadee Pope’s operatic rendering of “Over You,” which enters the songs chart at an astounding No. 3. This is the same song Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert co-wrote and that Lambert sang to No. 1 in May of this year.

Pope gained Shelton’s attention as a contestant on The Voice, and her interpretation of “Over You,” a tribute to Shelton’s late brother, reportedly brought the tall Oklahoman to tears.

The other new songs are George Strait’s “Give It All We Got Tonight” (No. 25) and Lady Antebellum’s “A Holly Jolly Christmas” (No. 48).

Three tunes return to the list: Gloriana’s “Can’t Shake You” (No. 43), Lauren Alaina’s “Eighteen Inches” (No. 47) and Jason Aldean’s “When She Says Baby” (No. 50).

There are three new albums: Uncle Kracker’s Midnight Special (No. 33), the multi-artist collection Christmas in the Country (No. 70) and Slidawg’s Slidawg’s Redneck Christmas (No. 74).

Returning at No. 67 is Strait’s Here for a Good Time.

The No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 songs, in that order, are Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” Luke Bryan’s “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” and Hunter Hayes“Wanted.”

Following Red within the Top 5 albums cluster are Aldean’s Night Train, Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away, Shelton’s Cheers, It’s Christmas and Lady Antebellum’s On This Winter’s Night.

Anybody know what the hell a “holly jolly Christmas” is? Don’t wish it if you can’t define it.

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