Eric Church Tops Airplay Chart With “Give Me Back My Hometown”

Again Luke Bryan Keeps Top Album Honors With Crash My Party

Eric Church essentially owns his hometown this week as his current single, “Give Me Back My Hometown,” troops in at the top of Billboard’s country airplay chart after a 20-week pilgrimage.

Meanwhile, Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party maintains its stubborn occupancy as the nation’s No. 1 country album.

While no new albums enter the chart this week, five veteran ones return to action.

They are The Statler BrothersBest From the Farewell Concert (back at No. 30), Joe NicholsCrickets (No. 43), the two multi-artist anthologies, Now That’s What I Call Country Volume 6 (No. 44) and Now That’s What I Call Country Ballads 2 (No. 46) and Randy Houser’s How Country Feels (No. 49).

In addition, two albums make giant rebounds: Keith Urban’s Fuse, from No. 21 to No. 6, and Chris Young’s A.M., from No. 37 to No. 26.

We count two new songs: Josh Thompson’s “Wanted Me Gone,” debuting at No. 54, and Leah Turner’s “Pull Me Back,” greeting the crowd at No. 60.

Completing the Top 5 albums array, in descending order, are Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times, Church’s The Outsiders, Blake Shelton’s Based on a True Story and Johnny Cash’s Out Among the Stars.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Brantley Gilbert’s “Bottoms Up” (last week’s No. 1), Thomas Rhett ’s “Get Me Some of That,” Florida Georgia Line’s “This Is How We Roll” (featuring Luke Bryan) and Bryan’s “Play It Again.”

For our title-melding game, we submit for your annoyance “This Nothin’ Town/Wanted Me Gone,” “Feelin’ It/Pull Me Back” and “My Eyes/Look at You.”

Ladies and gentlemen, the bar is closed (and lowered).

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