CREATED Dec. 19, 2013
Billboard’s country year-end charts are in, and one act dominates to top position on multiple lists. Florida Georgia Line capped off a breakthrough year by topping eight separate charts, including Country Artists of the Year. Their hit single “Cruise” topped three of those year-end lists, including Top Hot Country Songs. Even the duo’s producer, Joey Moi, earned a top spot, leading Billboard’s Top Country Producers chart for the year.
Taking the second through fifth slots on the Top Country Artists list behind FGL this year are Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes.
Following “Cruise” on the Hot Country Songs list, which combines sales, streaming and airplay figures, are Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel,” Blake’s “Boys Round Here,” Luke’s “Crash My Party” and Hunter’s “I Want Crazy.”
In other chart news, Taylor topped the Top Country Artists-Female chart for the sixth consecutive year. Her 2012 album “Red” topped the Country Albums chart for the second time. Taking second through fifth position on the Country Albums chart were Florida Georgia Line’s “Here’s To The Good Times,” Luke’s “Crash My Party,” Blake’s “Based On A True Story” and Jason Aldean’s “Night Train.”
Billy Currington’s “Hey Girl” was tops at country radio, earning the largest amount of spins for the year. It was followed on the airplay chart by Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like This,” Easton Corbin’s “All Over The Road,” Brett Eldredge’s “Don’t Ya” and Lee Brice’s “Parking Lot Party.”
Finally, Billboard ranks the year’s top five new artists in this order: Kacey Musgraves, Tyler Farr, Brett Eldredge, Cassadee Pope and Parmalee.