Jason Aldean, Billy Currington Top Country Charts Again This Week

Highest Debuts: John Prine’s For Better, or Worse and Brad Paisley’s “Today”

There are no new chart-toppers this week, but that’s good news for Jason Aldean and Billy Currington.

Aldean’s They Don’t Know has returned to the summit of Billboard’s country albums rankings, while Currington’s “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” is enjoying its second week at the top of the country airplay chart.

John Prine scores the highest album debut with For Better, or Worse, which enters at No. 2 on first-week sales of 15,005 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Also new are William Michael Morgan‘s Vinyl (checking in at No. 5) and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s neatly titled Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Years Live at the Ryman Auditorium, TN (No. 11).

Margo Price’s Midwest Farmer’s Daughter returns to the chart at No. 30, while Jennifer NettlesPlaying With Fire snaps back at No. 45.

There are two new songs — Brad Paisley’s “Today” (No. 25) and Kelsea Ballerini’s “Yeah Boy” (No. 56).

The No. 3 and No. 4 albums, respectively, are Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots and Chris Stapleton’s Traveller.

Songs No. 2 through No. 5, in that order, are Tucker Beathard’s “Rock On,” Kenny Chesney’s“Setting the World on Fire,” featuring P!nk, Luke Bryan’s “Move” and Cole Swindell’s “Middle of a Memory.”

Once again there’s a plethora of song titles on the chart that, when fused together, lend themselves to whimsy. Let’s call it “Smashing Songs” or “Mensa Meth.”

For example “May We All/Sleep Without You” or “Holdin’ Her/Dirty Laundry.” Or “How Not To/Think a Little Less” or “Seein’ Red/Dirt on My Boots.”

Your turn.

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