Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw Enter New Year With Top Album, Song Laurels

Miranda Lambert Rolls Aboard on "Little Red Wagon"

It’s a new year, but chartwise, it’s much the same old news: Garth Brooks’ Man Against Machine and Tim McGraw’s “Shotgun Rider,” respectively, continue to crown Billboard’s country albums and country airplay songs rankings.

Brooks has claimed the top spot for six of the past seven weeks, while McGraw has boasted the most played song for the past three.

No new albums enter the Top 50 slots this week, but four have come back: Jake Owen’s Days of Gold (at No. 46), Dan + Shay’s Where It All Began (No. 47), the LacsNothing in Particular (No. 49) and Scotty McCreery’s See You Tonight (No. 50).

We count three new songs: Tyler Farr’s “Blue Christmas” (No. 56), Darius Rucker’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (No. 59) and Miranda Lambert’s “Little Red Wagon” (No. 60).

Just for the record, the other Christmas songs lingering on this first post-Christmas chart are Rucker’s “What God Wants for Christmas” (No. 46), Kenny Chesney’s “Christmas in Blue Chair Bay” (No. 48) and Jerrod Niemann’s “Holly Jolly Christmas” (No. 53).

Trooping directly in behind Man Against Machine within the Top 5 albums cluster are Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt, Carrie Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1, Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes and Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party, in that order.

It bears noting that Crash My Party has been on the charts for 73 weeks and, by Nielsen SoundScan’s count, has in that time sold more than 2,320,361 copies.

The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Brad Paisley’s “Perfect Storm,” Chesney’s “Til It’s Gone,” Eric Church’s “Talladega” and Underwood’s “Something in the Water.”

So how do you get that rancid champagne taste out of your mouth? And was it worth it?

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