Cole Swindell is probably turning cartwheels now that his “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” has completed it arduous 24-week climb to the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s country airplay chart.
This is Swindell’s third consecutive No. 1, his earlier triumphs being “Chillin’ It” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight.”
His former boss, Luke Bryan, is doing pretty well, too. His Spring Break … Checkin’ Out is spending its second week at the top of the country albums chart.
The highest-debuting and only new album is Allison Moorer’s Down to Believing, which seizes the No. 26 niche.
Three albums pop back into the rankings: Colt Ford’s Thanks for Listening (No. 43), Dan + Shay’s Where It All Began (No. 46) and the soundtrack to The Best of Me (No. 49).
There are three new songs: Jason Aldean’s “Tonight Looks Good on You” (No. 54), Lady Antebellum’s “Long Stretch of Love” (No. 57) and Blake Shelton’s “Sangria” (No. 60).
The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Sam Hunt’s Montevallo, Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt, Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes and Chase Rice’s Ignite the Night.
Rounding out the Top 5 songs array are Chris Young’s “Lonely Eyes”, the Zac Brown Band’s “Homegrown”. Darius Rucker’s “Homegrown Honey” and Hunt’s “Take Your Time.”
Last week’s No. 1 song, Brett Eldredge’s “Mean to Me,” slides to No. 7.
Those of you who monitor country music’s alcohol intake will notice that both the top and the bottom songs this week are on the subject of slugging it down.
Just wait until summer arrives. It’s sure to get worse. Or at least wetter.