Chart Watch Extra: Country’s Top 100
Luke Bryan's "Rain Is A Good Thing" this week become the 100th country song to sell 1 million digital copies. It's Bryan's fifth million-seller, which puts him in a tie with Jason Aldean for the most among male country solo artists. Taylor Swift accounts for 15 million-sellers, more than any other country artist. Carrie Underwood is in second place, with 10. Zac Brown Band is next in line, with seven.
Everybody knows Swift and Underwood, but Bryan has just broken wide open in the past year. His current album, Tailgates & Tanlines, has sold a healthy 1,246,000 copies. His current single, "Drunk On You," is his first top 20 hit on the Hot 100, after a couple of near-misses.
Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" is the best-selling country song in digital history (5,861,000). Swift has a record four songs in the top 10: "Love Story" at #2 (5,357,000, the top-selling country song by a female solo artist), "You Belong With Me" at #4 (4,090,000), "Our Song" at #8 (2,990,000) and "Teardrops On My Guitar" at #10 (2,711,000).
The other songs in the all-time top 10 are The Band Perry's "If I Die Young" at #3 (4,216,000), Underwood's "Before He Cheats" at #5 (3,518,000), Zac Brown Band's "Chicken Fried at #6 (3,385,000), Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem" at #7 (3,158,000, the top-selling country song by a male solo artist) and Rascal Flatts' "Life Is A Highway" at #9 (2,887,000).
Sugarland is the top duo, with three digital million-sellers: "Stuck Like Glue" (2,489,000, the top-selling country song by a duo), "Stay" (1,860,000) and "All I Want To Do" (1,323,000). Three other duos have each had one digital million-seller: Big & Rich, The Civil Wars and Thompson Square.
The top male solo artists, after Aldean and Bryan, are Brad Paisley, with four; and Rodney Atkins, Johnny Cash, Kenny Chesney and Alan Jackson, with three each.