Randy Travis notched his 16th No. 1 hit in Billboard this week with "Three Wooden Crosses," which blows the theory about religious songs not appealing to country audiences. Travis first reached No. 1 in 1986 with "On the Other Hand" and most recently topped the chart with "Whisper My Name" in 1994.
Right behind Travis is
Tim McGraw's "She's My Kind of Rain," which spends its third week at No. 2. Last week's
chart-topper, Darryl Worley's "Have You Forgotten," falls to No. 3. Moving up a notch:
Diamond Rio's "I Believe," to No. 4; Keith Urban's
"Raining on Sunday," to No. 5; Chris Cagle's "What a Beautiful Day," to No. 6; and
Rascal Flatts' "Love You Out Loud," to No. 7. Toby
Keith and Willie Nelson saddle up to No. 8 with "Beer For My Horses," Lonestar
rests at No. 9 with "My Front Porch Looking In" and Kenny Chesney's "Big Star" falls
to No. 10.
Buddy Jewell, the winner of Nashville Star, debuts at No. 44 with "Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey's
Song)," yet another lyric about God. Other debuts: Deana Carter's "I'm Just a Girl"
at No. 56, Chesney's "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" at No. 57 and Jamie O'Neal's
"Every Little Thing" at No. 59. It's been more than two years since O'Neal hit No. 1 with "There Is No Arizona."
Have You Forgotten? continues to dominate Billboard's Top
Country Albums chart. Keith's Unleashed returns to No. 2, sending
the Dixie Chicks' Home
to No. 3. The latest albums from Shania Twain and McGraw hold steady at No. 4 and No.
5, as Martina McBride, Johnny Cash, Chesney, Urban
and Rascal Flatts round out the Top 10.
Travis' album Rise and
Shine is knocking on the door, at No. 11, just ahead of Elvis Presley's ELV1S:
30 #1 Hits. Jessica Andrews' Now
falls out of the Top 10 in its third week of release, to No. 13. Further down, Vince Gill's
Next Big Thing jumps to No. 23 to earn the Pacesetter award, and
Charlie Robison's Live
debuts at No. 51.