Rascal Flatts Top Country Airplay Chart With “I Like the Sound of That”

The Lumineers' Cleopatra Debuts at No. 1 on All-Genres Album Chart

Three cheers and an ear-shattering drumbeat for Rascal Flatts as its “I Like the Sound of That” enters the winner’s circle on Billboard’s country airplay chart, thereby ending an arduous 31-week trek.

This is Flatts’ first No. 1 song since “Banjo” triumphed in 2011 — and the group’s 13th to date. It’s first was “These Days” in 2002.

And make some noise for the Lumineers, whose new album Cleopatra debuts at No. 1 on the all-genres Billboard 200 chart. The band’s self-titled debut album containing the hit single “Ho Hey” was nominated for a 2013 Grammy for Americana album of the year. Cleopatra features the current single, “Ophelia.”

In the “No Surprise” department, Chris Stapleton’s Traveller still prances proudly as the No. 1 country album in its 50th week on the charts.

Equally impressive is the fact that Sam Hunt’s Montevallo remains in the Top 5 in its 77th week of chart tenancy.

Charlie Farley scores the week’s highest album debut. His All I’ve Been Through breaks in the door at No. 35.

The only other new album charting this week is Lainey Wilson’s Tougher, which bows in at No. 44.

It’s worth noting that Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s Django and Jimmie bounds from No. 29 to No. 9 this week, no doubt propelled there by all the publicity surrounding Haggard’s recent death.

Two albums return to action — Tim McGraw’s 35 Biggest Hits, back at No. 49, and Jason Isbell’s Something More Than Free (No. 50).

There are two new songs to report — Craig Campbell’s “Outskirts of Heaven” (No. 56) and Charles Kelley’s “Lonely Girl” (No. 59).

Bouncing back into the rankings are LoCash’s “I Know Somebody” (No. 44) and Martina McBride’s “Reckless” (No. 50).

The No. 2 through No. 5 albums, in that order, are Joey + Rory’s Hymns,, Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller, Thomas Rhett’s Tangled Up and Hunt’s Montevallo.

Trooping in behind “I Like the Sound of That” in the Top 5 songs array are Florida Georgia Line’s “Confession,”, Dierks Bentley’s “Somewhere on a Beach,” Cole Swindell’s “You Should Be Here” (last week’s No. 1) and Chris Young and Cassadee Pope’s “Think of You.”

As hard as we tried not to, we couldn’t help but notice that the No. 51 and No. 52 songs this week, respectively, are Brett Young’s “Sleep Without You” and Drew Baldridge’s “Dance With Ya.”

Coincidental? You decide.

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