Florida Georgia Line Bid Adieu to 2013 With No. 1 “Stay”

Garth Brooks Peaks Albums Chart for Fourth Straight Week

The increasingly hot duo Florida Georgia Line cap off 2013 with another No. 1 single as “Stay” beats its chest on Billboard’s country airplay summit.

Meanwhile, Garth Brooks commands the album list for the fourth straight week with his boxed set, Blame It All on My Youth: Five Decades of Influences.

There are no new albums this time around, but three previous entries resurface: the multiple-artists’ package, Alabama & Friends (back at No. 48), Sheryl Crow’s Feels Like Home (No. 49) and Billy Currington’s We Are Tonight (No. 50).

Three new songs bow in: Brantley Gilbert’s “Bottoms Up” (No. 41), Blake Shelton’s “Doin’ What She Likes” (No. 47) and Keith Urban’s “Cop Car” (No. 58). Luke Bryan’s closely-watched “Drink a Beer” rises from No. 11 to No. 10 in its eighth week of action.

Rounding out the Top 5 albums, in descending order, are the Duck Dynasty disc, Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, Bryan’s Crash My Party, Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times and Shelton’s Based on a True Story.

Songs No. 2 through No. 5 are Eli Young Band’s “Drunk Last Night” (last week’s No. 1), Zac Brown Band’s “Sweet Annie,” The Band Perry’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” and Darius Rucker’s “Radio.”

The year also ends with probably the greatest saturation of drinking songs the country charts have ever experienced, namely, the aforementioned “Drunk Last Night,” “Drink a Beer” and “Bottoms Up,” plus Jerrod Niemann’s “Drink to That All Night,” Josh Thompson’s “Cold Beer With Your Name on It,” Tyler Farr’s “Whiskey in My Water” and Gary Allan’s “It Ain’t the Whiskey.”

Despite a title that suggests that, Leah Turner’s debut single “Take the Keys” is not about preventing a friend from driving drunk.

Happy New Year anyway.

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