Carrie Underwood’s Greatest Hits Package Debuts at No. 1

Tim McGraw Claims Top Song With “Shotgun Rider”

If it’s not one Oklahoman, it’s another.

This week, Carrie Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1 debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart, thereby dislodging fellow Okie Garth Brooks’ Man Against Machine, which had held that eminence for four consecutive weeks.

Meanwhile, Tim McGraw’s “Shotgun Rider” glides to the top of the country airplay chart, a journey that took 15 weeks to complete.

By Nielsen SoundScan’s count, Underwood’s hits package sold 93,714 copies its first time out, a total sufficient to bow it at No. 4 on Billboard’s all genres rankings.

Also making their first chart appearances are the soundtrack The Music of Nashville, Season 3: Volume 1 (No. 10) and the multi-artist anthology Country Christmas (No. 44).

Four albums return to the Top 50 corral: Brett Eldredge’s Bring You Back (No. 42), Chris Young’s A.M. (No. 46), Willie Nelson’s Band of Brothers (No. 48) and the soundtrack Nashville: Season 2: Volume 1 (No. 49).

The week’s new songs are Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” (No. 55), Sam Hunt’s “House Party” (No. 57) and Steven Lee Olsen’s “Raised by a Good Time” (No. 59).

The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Brooks’ Man Against Machine, Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt, Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes and Darius Rucker’s Home for the Holidays.

Following “Shotgun Rider” in the Top 5 songs lineup are Brad Paisley’s “Perfect Storm,” Kenny Chesney’s “Til It’s Gone,” Parmalee’s “Close Your Eyes” and Underwood’s “Something in the Water.”

To steal the words of a classic: “Although it’s been said many times, many ways, ’Merry Christmas to You.'”

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