Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton Continue to Crown Charts

Christmas Singles From Mickey Guyton, LeAnn Rimes Crack the Airplay Rankings

In the final week of 2015, Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man” and Chris Stapleton’s Traveller top Billboard’s country airplay and country charts, just as they did last week.

While the charts aren’t frozen, they’re not exactly gushing with activity either. There are no new albums to report and only two first-time singles.

However, the Christmas buying season did bring five albums back into the Top 50. They are Luke Bryan’s Spring Break … Checkin’ Out (returning at No. 42), Hunter Hayes’ The 21 Project (No. 47), Garth Brooks’ Man Against Machine (No. 48), the various artists collection The Sound of Today: Country (No. 49) and Tim McGraw’s 35 Biggest Hits (No. 50).

Carrie Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1 catapults from No. 23 to No. 9.

The new songs are Mickey Guyton’s “Do You Want to Build A Snowman” (No. 57) and LeAnn Rimes’ “Today Is Christmas” (No. 60).

The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Underwood’s Storyteller, Bryan’s Kill the Lights, Sam Hunt’s Montevallo and Blake Shelton’s Reloaded: 20 No. 1 Hits.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs array are Jason Aldean’s “Gonna Know We Were Here,” Brothers Osborne’s “Stay a Little Longer,” LoCash’s “I Love This Life” and Cam’s “Burning House.”

So here we are: a new year and the promise of lots of new music. Life could be worse.

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