Tim McGraw Adds More ‘Hits,’ Little Big Town Nears Chart History
McGraw charts his latest best-of set, while "Girl Crush" is the longest-leading No. 1 by a group on Hot Country Songs since 1959.
Tim McGraw collects his eighth charted best-of album on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart, as 35 Biggest Hits bows at No. 8 with 8,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. It’s the latest hits retrospective released by McGraw’s former label, Curb Records, and his 10th charted compilation on Curb.
In addition to the eight hits packages, Curb has also issued a love-songs-themed set, Love Story, and a collaborations project, Tim McGraw & Friends. Thus, nearly half of McGraw’s 22 charted albums are Curb compilations.
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Despite its 35 Biggest Hits title, the new set contains a 36th song: bonus track “Just When I Needed You Most,” a live cover of Randy VanWarmer’s No. 4-peaking 1979 Billboard Hot 100 hit.
McGraw’s two most recent Top Country Albums No. 1s (his 14th and 15th on the list) were released on his current label, Big Machine: 2012’s Emotional Traffic and 2014’s Sundown Heaven Town. The latter effort’s “Shotgun Rider” became his 25th No. 1 on Hot Country Songs in December.
Speaking of Hot Country Songs, quartet Little Big Town‘s “Girl Crush” nears history, as it rules the chart for a ninth week. The reign is the longest by a group (of at least three members) in nearly 56 years, with only one song by a group having led longer: trio The Browns‘ “The Three Bells” (10 weeks, 1959). As previously reported, “Crush” has benefited from the buzz of its lyrics, which center on a woman jealous of another woman’s desirability. It leads Country Digital Songs for a ninth week (73,000 downloads sold, up 6 percent) and has sold 1.3 million to date.
Additional reporting by Jim Asker