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US Country Music Charts October 18, 2012

Singles, Albums, and Radio Airplay


blown away album cover

Carrie Underwood's 'Blown Away'

Image courtesy of Arista Nashville Records

Top 5 Country Singles

  1. Taylor Swift - "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
  2. Carrie Underwood - "Blown Away"
  3. Florida Georgia Line - "Cruise"
  4. Hunter Hayes - "Wanted"
  5. Lee Brice - "Hard to Love"

Big Chart Movers

  • #42-#37 Little Big Town - "Tornado"
  • #9-#5 Lee Brice - "Hard to Love"
  • #19-#15 Kip Moore - "Beer Money"
  • #6-#3 Florida Georgia Line - "Cruise"
  • #16-#13 Miranda Lambert - "Fastest Girl in Town"

Hot New Country Songs

  • #29 Sam Palladio & Clare Bowen - "If I Didn't Know Better"
  • #42 Uncle Kracker - "Nobody's Sad on a Saturday Night"
  • #43 Hayden Panettiere - "Love Like Mine"
  • #46 Brett Eldredge - "Don't Ya"


Taylor Swift remains on top with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," same as last week. Swift's "Red," meanwhile, fell from #9 from #2. That allowed Carie Underwood's title tune "Blown Away" to fill the gap in the runner-up slot. Showing significant gains are Florida Georgia Line's driving song "Cruise," which climbed from #6 to #3, and Lee Brice's "Hard to Love," which made an impressive jump from #9 to #5. Swift's other single, "Begin Again," fell from #10 to #16. But it would be unwise to discount the country-pop ingenue. Her new album is set to hit stores next Tuesday, and we're likely to feel its impact on the country charts for some time to come.

Top 5 Country Albums

  1. Little Big Town -Tornado
  2. Carrie Underwood - Blown Away
  3. Luke Bryan - Tailgates & Tanlines
  4. Eric Church - Chief
  5. Hunter Hayes - Hunter Hayes

Hot New Country Albums

  • #9 Aaron Watson - Real Good Time
  • #57 Kenny Rogers - Amazing Grace
  • #61 Wanda Jackson - Unfinished Business
  • #66 Hank Williams - The Lost Concert
  • #71 Alan Jackson - Playlist: The Very Best of Alan Jackson


It's pretty boring out there besides some minor adjustments. Hunter Hayes's debut and Eric Church's Chief swapped spots, to Church's mild benefit. Take a look at the country debut albums. You'll see no major contemporary acts. My guess is that everyone is clearing the way for Swift's Red. Going against the general stasis is Flordia Georgia Line's It'z Just What We Do, which is the week's big mover -- cruising from #24 to #19. The opposite trend is in evidence with Jerrod Niemann's Free the Music, which fell from #9 to #20.

For more chart details, visit Billboard.

Country's Highest Ranking Radio Songs

Big Radio Chart Movers

  • #36-#25 Lee Brice - "Hard to Love"

Hot New Radio Country Songs

  • #69 Brad Paisley - "Southern Comfort Zone"
  • #71 Toby Keith - "I Like Girls That Drink Beer"
  • #75 Zac Brown Band - "Goodbye in Her Eyes"


Swift stays put at #5 with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" on the radio chart while Carrie Underwood makes a one-point gain with "Blown Away," settling in at #19. Jason Aldean dropped from #22 to #26 with "Take a Little Ride" while Lee Brice made double-digit gains with his single "Hard to Love," which shot from #36 to #25. Making their debut on the radio this week are songs from three big acts: Brad Paisley's "Southern Comfort Zone," Toby Keith's "I Like Girls That Drink Beer," and Zac Brown Band's "Goodbye in Her Eyes."

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