Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker Continue to Top Country Charts

Will Hoge’s Small Town Dreams, Thomas Rhett’s "Crash and Burn" Are Highest Debuts

Are we eyeing an impending song of the year nomination this early in the year? The Zac Brown Band’s “Homegrown” is piling up some strong creds for that honor as it spends its third consecutive week at the top of Billboard’s country airplay charts.

Also staying strong on the albums rankings is Darius Rucker’s turn on the mountain top this week as his Southern Style. This is its second week at No. 1.

The highest debuting album this time around is Will Hoge’s Small Town Dreams, which enters at No. 15. It earns its niche on first-week sales of 3,730 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The other newcomers are Kristian Bush’s Southern Gravity (No. 16) and Pokey LaFarge’s Something in the Water (No. 28). (Not to be confused with Carrie Underwood’s song of that name.)

The Average Joes DJ’s Present: Mud in the Club, Volume 1, a multi-artist package, returns to the chart at No. 50.

There are three new songs: Thomas Rhett’s “Crash and Burn” (No. 38), George Strait’s “Let It Go” (No. 52) and Cole Swindell’s “Let Me See Ya Girl” (No. 60).

Blake Shelton’s fast-rising “Sangria” takes another big jump its fourth week out, escalating from No. 37 to No. 28.

The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Sam Hunt’s Montevallo, the various artist collection Now That’s What I Call ACM Awards, 50 Years, Luke Bryan’s Spring Break … Checkin’ Out and Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes.

Completing the Top 5 songs cluster are Hunt’s “Take Your Time,” Dierks Bentley’s “Say You Do,” Chris Young’s “Lonely Eyes” and Lee Brice’s “Drinking Class.”

Any bets on what chart convulsions Sunday night’s (April 19) ACM Awards will generate?

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