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US Country Music Charts December 20, 2012

Singles, Albums, and Radio Airplay


cruise single cover

Sitting pretty at #1

Image courtesy of Republic Nashville Records

Top 5 Country Singles

  1. Florida Georgia Line - "Cruise"
  2. Taylor Swift - "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
  3. Hunter Hayes - "Wanted"
  4. Cassadee Pope - "Stupid Boy"
  5. The Band Perry - "Better Dig Two"

Big Chart Movers

  • #42-#33 Lee Brice - "I Drive Your Truck"
  • #19-#14 Little Big Town - "Tornado"
  • #45-#41 Lady Antebellum - "A Holly Jolly Christmas"
  • #32-#29 Thompson Square - "If I Didn't Have You"
  • #37-#34 Florida Georgia Line - "Get Your Shine On"

Hot New Country Songs

  • #4 Cassadee Pope - "Stupid Boy"
  • #32 RaeLynn - "Boyfriend"
  • #37 Blake Shelton featuring Michael Buble - "Home"
  • #39 Connie Britton & Hayden Panettiere - "Wrong Song"


Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" remains on top for the second week in a row. Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and Hunter Hayes's "Wanted" also occupy the same positions as last week. Yawn. Ah, but making its debut at #4 is Voice winner Cassadee Pope's "Stupid Boy," bumping The Band Perry's "Better Dig Town" down to #5. Also making an impressive entrance is RaeLynn, whose tune "Boyfriend" clocks in at #32. She's also a contestant from the show where people swivel on chairs. On the rise are Kip Moore's "Beer Money" (#9 to #7) and Eric Church's fourth single from Chief, "Creepin'," which manages a best-of #10. That's after 26 weeks of release.

Top 5 Country Albums

  1. Taylor Swift - Red
  2. Blake Shelton - Cheers, It's Christmas
  3. Lady Antebellum - On This Winter's Night
  4. Various Artists - Nashville: The Music of Nashville (Original Soundtrack)
  5. Little Big Town - Tornado

Hot New Country Albums

  • #3 Florida Georga Line - Here's to the Good Times


It's a repeat winter forecast: Taylor Swift is #1 with Red (for the eighth week in a row) while Christmas collections continue to decorate the top 5 like so much tinsel. An exception is the soundtrack to ABC's musical soap Nashville, which debuts at #4, and Little Big Town's Tornado, which blows back into the top 5 from #7. Florida Georgia Line's studio debut, Here's to the Good Times, experienced a long fall from #3 to #9. Not to say I told you so, but I sort of predicted that last week.

For more chart details, visit Billboard.

Country's Highest Ranking Radio Songs

  • #15 Taylor Swift - "I Knew Your Were Trouble"
  • #18 Florida Georgia Line - "Cruise"
  • #19 Justin Moore - "Til My Last Day"
  • #20 Kip Moore - "Beer Money"
  • #23 Zac Brown Band - "Goodbye in Her Eyes"

Big Radio Chart Movers

  • #27-#15 Taylor Swift - "I Knew Your Were Trouble"
  • #41-#30 Randy Houser - "How Country Feels"

Hot New Radio Country Songs

  • #73 Carrie Underwood - "Two Black Cadillacs"


Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" continues to leapfrog the competition. Just three weeks old, it's moved from #52 to #27 and now to #15. Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" takes a one-point knocking, ending the week at #18. Justin Moore's "Til My Last Day" also takes a single step back to #20. Moving from #22 to #20 is Kip Moore's "Beer Money." Carrie Underwood's "Two Black Cadillacs" makes it radio debut this week, bowing in at #73.

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