In the battle between booty-shaking and reckless driving, the edge still goes to rising star Carrie Underwood. For the fifth week in a row, “Jesus, Take the Wheel” clutches the No. 1 spot on Billboard‘s country airplay chart, as Trace Adkins’ “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” apparently loses its shot at the top spot, falling from No. 2 to No. 3.
Both songs had a decrease in spins last week, which means that Brad Paisley’s “When I Get Where I’m Going” — No. 2 with a bullet — is potentially poised to reach the summit next week.
Or maybe not. After 29 weeks on the chart, Josh Turner’s “Your Man” continues its steady climb, now at No. 4 with a bullet. He’s just ahead of Faith Hill’s “Like We Never Loved at All” at No. 5, Keith Urban’s “Tonight I Wanna Cry” at No. 6 and Sugarland’s “Just Might (Make Me Believe)” at No. 7. Rounding out the Top 10 are Tim McGraw’s “My Old Friend” at No. 8, Kenny Chesney’s “Living in Fast Forward” at No. 9 and Billy Currington’s “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right” at No. 10.
George Strait claims the week’s highest debut with “The Seashores of Old Mexico,” a cover of a Merle Haggard song, splashing in at No. 48. Other new singles include Neal McCoy’s “The Last of a Dying Breed” at No. 52, Martina McBride’s cover of Johnny Cash’s “I Still Miss Someone” at No. 53, Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” at No. 59 and new artist Eric Church’s “How ‘Bout You” at No. 60.
Underwood returns to No. 1 on the country albums chart, trading places with Turner. The Legend of Johnny Cash lives on at No. 3, followed by the latest albums from Adkins, Rascal Flatts, Urban, Chesney and Sugarland. Walk the Line settles in at No. 9, followed by Miranda Lambert’s Kerosene, at No. 10
New albums hitting the chart include Jamey Johnson’s The Dollar at No. 20 and Alabama’s three-disc boxed set, Livin’ Lovin’ Rockin’ Rollin’: The 25th Anniversary Collection, at No. 28. Kenny Rogers also makes several appearances on the chart: 21 Number Ones at No. 11, Golden Legends: Kenny Rogers at No. 57 and 42 Ultimate Hits at No. 75.