Rising superstar Taylor Swift is making her mark, of that there can be no doubt. This 18-year-old concludes the year in the No. 1 spot on the Top Country Artists recap and the Hot Country Songwriters tally. She also leads the Top Country Album Artists recap and is No. 1 on the Top Country Artists-Female tally. Her self-titled debut album (Big Machine), which places No. 5 on the Top Billboard 200 Albums recap, is the No. 2 title on the Top Country Albums tally. Swift is also No. 4 on the Top Billboard 200 Artists review, behind Josh Groban, Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus. Billboard's year-end music chart recaps are based on data compiled during the chart year that began with the Dec. 1, 2007, issue and ended with the Nov. 29, 2008, issue. On the year-end Hot Country Songs tally, Swift appears at No. 29 with "Should've Said No," No. 31 with "Picture to Burn" and No. 39 with "Our Song," all from her 2006 debut album.

Her newest set, "Fearless," was released Nov. 11 and saw first-week sales of 592,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It is the best-selling debut for a country title in more than a year.

Meanwhile, the Eagles' "Long Road out of Eden" (ERC), the Wal-Mart-only release that debuted a year ago, lands at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart. Rounding out the top five after Swift at No. 2 are Carrie Underwood's "Carnival Ride" (19/Arista/Arista Nashville), Garth Brooks' "The Ultimate Hits" (Pearl) and Rascal Flatts' "Still Feels Good" (Lyric Street/Hollywood).

Underwood, who was last year's top country artist, had a pretty good year herself. In addition to finishing No. 2 on the Top Country Artists and Top Country Albums Artists recaps, Underwood tops the Hot Country Songs Artist tally. She scores three of the top 50 songs on the Hot Country Songs recap.

Swift is No. 2 on the Hot Country Songs Artists recap. Brad Paisley, who finishes third, also lands three titles on the Hot Country Songs list including "I'm Still a Guy" at No. 10.

Rounding out the top five spots on the Hot Country Songs Artists recap are perennials George Strait and Kenny Chesney.

But the top country song of 2008 belongs to relative newcomer...

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