Garth Brooks and Keith Urban Cling to Their No. 1 Album and Song Perches

Multi-Artist Nashville Christmas and Rascal Flatts’ "Riot" Are Highest Debuts

It’s another good week for the man opposing machines as well as for the man coiled cozily inside one.

Garth Brooks’ Man Against Machine spends its third straight week at the top of Billboard’s country albums chart, while Keith Urban’s “Somewhere in My Car” idles for the second week as the No. 1 song on the country airplay list.

Not surprisingly, Christmas albums are coming on strong.

There are three new albums to acknowledge. Debuting at No. 21 is the multi-artist package, Nashville Christmas, followed by Dallas Smith’s Lifted EP (No. 39) and Jamey Johnson’s The Christmas Song EP (No. 43).

Returning titles include Jennifer NettlesThat Girl (No. 37), the soundtrack Nashville: Season 2: Volume 2 (No. 41), the various artists Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue (No. 44) and Dan + Shay’s Where It All Began (No. 50).

Only one new song graces this week’s chart — Rascal Flatts’ “Riot,” which bounces aboard at No. 55. Lucy Hale’s “Lie a Little Better” comes back on at No. 58.

Rounding out the Top 5 albums array, in descending order, are Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt, Darius Rucker’s Home for Christmas, Sam Hunt’s Montevallo and, in a big leap from No. 16 to No. 5, Miranda Lambert’s Platinum.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Maddie & Tae’s “Girl in a Country Song,” Tim McGraw’s “Shotgun Rider,” Brad Paisley’s “Perfect Storm” and Little Big Town’s “Day Drinking.”

So tell us, what country albums are you giving or hoping to get this season?

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