Thomas Rhett Scores No. 1 Song Slot With “Crash And Burn”

Still Smooth Waters for Luke Bryan as Kill the Lights Spends Fifth Week on Top

It’s a good week for Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett, but otherwise the Billboard country charts are currently in the doldrums, with no new albums to report and only two new songs.

Rhett’s “Crash And Burn” now tops the country airplay rankings after a 23-week pilgrimage.

And, to no one’s great surprise, Bryan’s Kill The Lights remains the bestselling country album for the fifth straight week.

For those enchanted by statistics, Kill The Lights sold 33,812 copies this past week, according to Nielsen Soundscan’s count. This ups its grand total to 529,553 — way past the 500,000 shipped units it needs for the Recording Industry Association of America to certify it “gold.”

While there are no new titles, three albums return to the charts — Dierks Bentley’s Riser (back at No. 41), Brad Paisley’s Moonshine in the Trunk (No. 45) and Dwight Yoakam’s Second Hand Heart (No. 50).

Songs appearing for the first time are Mo Pitney’s “Boy & a Girl Thing” (bowing at No. 53) and Zac Brown Band’s “Beautiful Drug” (No. 54).

Cassadee Pope’s “I Am Invincible” lives up to its name by rebounding to the No. 56 berth, while Tyler Farr’s “Better In Boots” pops back in at No. 60.

Carrie Underwood’s “Smoke Break” continues to be the single to watch. In only its fourth week out, it’s already up to No. 14.

The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Sam Hunt’s Montevallo, Maddie & Tae’s Start Here, Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde and Eric Church’s The Outsiders.

Trooping in directly behind “Crash And Burn” in the Top 5 songs cluster are Keith Urban’s “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” Chris Janson’s “Buy Me a Boat,” Kenny Chesney’s “Save It for a Rainy Day” and Brett Eldredge’s “Lose My Mind.”

Temperatures dropped into the 50s in Nashville this past week. The snow trucks are out.

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