The new year begins as the old one ended with Taylor Swift's "Our Song" and the Eagles' Long Road Out of Eden occupying the peak points of the Billboard country charts. No new albums break into the rankings this week, and the four new tracks hitting the singles chart are all Christmas tunes.
Songs 4 Worship: Country, a multi-artist collection, springs from No. 53 to No. 31, giving it the week's biggest bounce. Albums returning to the charts are Shooter Jennings' The Wolf (No. 64), Rodney Carrington's King of the Mountains (No. 66) and Eric Church's Sinners Like Me (No. 68). Also returning are Kenny Chesney's Live: Live These Songs Again (No. 71), Steve Earle's Washington Square Serenade (No. 72), Dolly Parton's 16 Biggest Hits (No. 73), Van Zant's My Kind of Country (No. 74) and the Wreckers' Stand Still, Look Pretty (No. 75).
The newly-charted Christmas entries are Blaine Larsen's "Away in a Manger" (No. 53), Swift's "Silent Night" (No. 54), Tracy Lawrence's "All Wrapped Up in Christmas" (No. 57) and Terri Clark's "O Little Town of Bethlehem" (No. 60).
Completing the Top 5 albums list, in descending order, are Garth Brooks' The Ultimate Hits, Swift's self-titled CD, Carrie Underwood's Carnival Ride and Rascal Flatts' Still Feels Good.
The remaining Top 5 songs, also ranked downward, are Sugarland's "Stay," Montgomery Gentry's "What Do Ya Think About That," Rascal Flatts' "Winner at a Losing Game" and Keith Urban's "Everybody."
So what awaits us here next week -- freeze or thaw? Tune in.