Willie Nelson Weighs In at No. 1 With God’s Problem Child

Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” Claims Song Summit for Third Week

OK, music lovers, lift a toast or hit your applause button app in honor of the irreplaceable Willie Nelson, who tops Billboard’s country albums chart this week with his puckishly dubbed God’s Problem Child.

God should have more kids like that.

And, while we’re brandishing our upraised thumbs, let’s turn them as well toward Sam Hunt, whose “Body Like a Back Road” is spending its third week at No. 1 on the country airplay rankings.

Besides its country prominence, God’s Problem Child also debuts at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 all-genres chart.

Oddly enough, it’s rare that Nelson has a No. 1 album as a solo act. His last one was Band of Brothers in 2014 and, before that, The Promiseland in 1986.

Most of his No. 1 albums have been co-billings with other artists. But alone or with a buddy, his work is priceless.

Maybe it’s it time 84-year-old Willie and 90-year-old Tony Bennett put their heads together.

The only other new album this week to break into the Top 50 is Old Crow Medicine Show’s 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde, a tribute to one of Bob Dylan’s landmark albums, which slides in at No. 14.

Four albums return to action — The Essential Johnny Cash (No. 44), The Essential Willie Nelson (No. 45), Alabama’s The American Farewell Tour (No. 48) and Blake Shelton’s Based on a True Story (No. 50).

Little Big Town’s The Breaker catapults from No. 22 to No. 9.

And there are four new songs, led by Chris Stapleton’s “Either Way,” which bows at No. 26, followed by High Valley’s “She’s With Me” (No. 48), Walker McGuire’s “Til Tomorrow” (No. 51) and Devin Dawson’s “All on Me” (No. 60).

Rounding out the Top 5 albums, in descending order, we have Keith Urban’s Ripcord, Stapleton’s Traveller, Brad Paisley’s Love and War (last week’s No. 1) and the self-titled Brett Young.

Songs No. 2 through No. 6 include Luke Combs“Hurricane,” Young’s “In Case You Didn’t Know,” Dierks Bentley’s “Black” and Kelsea Ballerini’s “Yeah Boy.”

More we dare not reveal.

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