Michael Ray’s “Kiss You in the Morning” Hits No. 1

Sam Hunt's Montevallo Bounces Back as Top Album

It’s quiet out there. Too quiet.

The charts seem to be holding their breath — as if waiting for the seismic bang Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights album is expected to create when its numbers are tallied up next week.

Still, there’s a new song preening at No. 1 on Billboard’s country airplay rankings. It’s Michael Ray’s “Kiss You in the Morning,” and it achieves that eminence after a 26-week climb.

Sam Hunt’s unsinkable Montevallo bobs back to the top of the country albums chart again. According to the Nielsen SoundScan count, Montevallo has sold 679,996 copies in its 41-week run.

There aren’t any new albums to report now, but it’s worth noticing that the Zac Brown Band’s Greatest Hits So Far … package has soared from No. 17 to No. 3. It first charted 39 weeks ago.

Returning to the scene are Big & Rich’s Gravity (No. 19), Frankie Ballard’s Sunshine & Whiskey (No. 37) and Aaron Watson’s The Underdog (No. 47).

There are two new songs — Tim McGraw’s “Top of the World,” arriving at No. 30, and Waterloo Revival’s “Bad for You,” bowing at No. 58.

The No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Alan Jackson’s Angels and Alcohol (last week’s No. 1), the Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde and Jason Isbell’s Something More Than Free.

Following “Kiss You in the Morning” within the Top 5 songs cluster are the Zac Brown Band’s “Loving You Easy,” Ballard’s “Young and Crazy,” Hunt’s “House Party” and Dustin Lynch’s “Hell of a Night.”

Last week’s top song, Bryan’s ““Kick the Dust Up,” now stands at No. 6.

Look for some real dust clouds next week.

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