Every year around the holidays, the country music charts close down for two weeks, giving one artist the chance to say they have a multi-week Number One. For the Billboard charts the week of December 31st, Brett Eldredge wraps up 2016 on top with “Wanna Be That Song,” his fifth Number One on the Country Airplay chart.
Rounding out the Top 5 are Keith Urban’s “Blue Ain’t Your Color”; previous Number One “Song for Another Time” by Old Dominion; Carrie Underwood’s “Dirty Laundry”; and “May We All,” by Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw.
Garth Brooks dominated the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for that same week, with four albums inside the Top 10, thanks to the unconventional release of his box set The Ultimate Collection and his new studio album Gunslinger. The Ultimate Collection was Number One, followed by Brooks’ duets album with wife Trisha Yearwood, Christmas Together, at Number Two. A dual package of Christmas Together and Gunslinger came in at Number Eight, with the stand-alone Gunslinger at Number 10.
Last week’s top-selling album, the self-titled debut by Kane Brown, moves down to the Number Nine slot as 2016 comes to a close.