Christmas leftovers haunt the charts as well as your refrigerators. Billboard’s first country albums chart for 2018 is still festooned with Christmas titles, and the only new song on the country airplay chart is an old Christmas carol.
However, there is a bit of ice-breaking going on. Garth Brooks’ The Anthology: Part 1, the First 5 Years moves into the No. 1 spot, elbowing aside Luke Bryan’s What Makes You Country, last week’s chart-topper.
Brett Young’s “Like I Loved You” is the most-played country song for the second week in a row.
Four albums return to action. They are Taylor Swift’s Fearless (bouncing back in at No. 45), George Strait’s 50 Number Ones (No. 48), Bryan’s Crash My Party (No. 49) and Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times (No. 50).
Re-entering the songs chart are Brantley Gilbert’s “Ones That Like Me” (No. 26) and Bryan’s “Most People Are Good” (No. 56).
Lest the tension becomes unbearable, I can now reveal that Bryan also has the only new song on the chart. It’s “O Holy Night,” arriving (and no doubt departing) at No. 60.
Stapleton fans will be cheered to know that his Traveller now ranks at a healthy No. 6 — in its 139th week on the charts — while his From a Room: Volume 1 checks in at No. 7.
OK, repeat after me, “It’s 2018 not 2017.”