Jon Pardi Parties at No. 1 for Third Week With “Dirt on My Boots”

Keith Urban’s Ripcord Is Once Again Top-Ranked Country Album

These boots are made for stayin’. At least that’s the message imparted by Jon Pardi, whose “Dirt on My Boots” stays parked at the top of Billboard‘s country airplay chart for the third straight week.

And speaking of tenacity — We were, weren’t we? — let’s thrust a jaunty thumbs up to Keith Urban for the fact that, in its 46th week, his Ripcord has bounced back into the No. 1 slot on the country albums list.

Alas, there are no new albums to report. But there are four that have made a comeback — Luke Bryan‘s Tailgates & Tanlines (No. 43), Brad Paisley‘s Hits Alive (No. 45), Justin Moore‘s Kinda Don’t Care (No. 49) and Michael Ray‘s self-titled release (No. 50).

Maren MorrisHero leaps from No. 28 to No. 17, and last week’s No. 1 album, Josh Turner‘s Deep South, goes deeper South to No. 11.

There are only two new singles — Tim McGraw and Faith Hill‘s “Speak to a Girl,” which bows at No. 19, and Garth Brooks’ “Ask Me How I Know,” hopping aboard at No. 52.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs cluster, in descending order, are Bryan’s “Fast,” Lauren Alaina‘s “Road Less Traveled,” Jason Aldean‘s “Any Ol’ Barstool” and Michael Ray’s “Think a Little Less.”

Parading in directly behind Ripcord within the Top 5 albums are Chris Stapleton‘s Traveller, Little Big Town‘s The Breaker, Florida Georgia Line‘s Dig Your Roots and Brett Young‘s Brett Young.

All that’s decent in me cries, “Stop!” But there’s so little activity on the charts this week that I thought we’d have another go at Title Tales, the game in which we link together two or more song titles on the chart to tell or suggest a larger story. For example, “Momma and Jesus/Woke Up in Nashville” (Tucker Beathard/Seth Ennis).

Then there’s “In Case You Didn’t Know/Ask Me How I Know” (Brett Young/Garth Brooks), “Do I Make You Wanna/Think a Little Less” (Billy Currington/Michael Ray) and, of course, the inevitable “Watered Down/Drinkin’ Problem” (Trace Adkins/Midland).

Don’t judge me. I’m on deadline.

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