Luke Bryan’s “Home Alone Tonight” Erupts as No. 1 Song

Chris Stapleton Clings to Top Album Perch With Sales Surpassing 800,000

After a six-week residence at the top of Billboard’s country airplay chart, Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man” surrenders that eminence to Luke Bryan’s “Home Alone Tonight” featuring Karen Fairchild. That song assumes the crown after a 14-week climb.

Albumwise, Chris Stapleton’s Traveller continues to reign, as it has for months past. According to Nielsen SoundScan, this package has now sold more than 800,000 copies. That’s some stylish travelling.

There are no new albums to announce this week, but four former tenants have come back to the charts. They are Reba’s Love Somebody (No. 32), Toby Keith’s 35 MPH Town (No. 46), Kip Moore’s Wild Ones (No. 49) and Alabama’s Southern Drawl (No. 50).

Tim McGraw’s Damn Country Music takes a big leap — from No. 19 to No. 10.

We hear four new songs. Rhett’s “T-Shirt” enjoys the week’s highest debut, skimming in at No. 53, followed by Jordan Rager’s “Southern Boy” with Jason Aldean at No. 57, LoCash’s “I Know Somebody” at No. 59 and Drew Baldridge’s “Dance With Ya” at No. 60.

The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that sequence, are Hank Williams Jr.’s It’s About Time, Blake Shelton’s Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits, Sam Hunt’s Montevallo and Brothers Osborne’s Pawn Shop.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs are Hunt’s “Break Up in a Small Town,” Rhett’s “Die A Happy Man,” Brothers Osborne’s “Stay a Little Longer” and Granger Smith’s “Backroad Song.”

The next big splash of chart activity should follow the Grammy Awards show on Feb. 15. Will Traveller cop album of the year prize? Will Sam Hunt win as best new artist?

Is there no end to these rhetorical questions?

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