List of Top Country Albums number ones of 2012

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Singer Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood spent seven weeks at number one with Blown Away.

Top Country Albums is a chart that ranks the top-performing country music albums in the United States, published by Billboard. In 2012, 17 different albums topped the chart; placings were based on electronic point of sale data from retail outlets.[1]

In the issue of Billboard dated January 7, the band Lady Antebellum held the top spot with Own the Night, the album's sixth week in the top spot.[2] It occupied the peak position for the first four weeks of 2012 before being displaced by Toby Keith's Clancy's Tavern and subsequently returned to number one for a further four weeks beginning in the issue dated March 3. It tied for the highest total number of weeks spent at number one during the year with Taylor Swift's Red, which reached number one in the issue of Billboard dated November 10 and remained there for the final eight weeks of the year. The album would prove to be Swift's last entry on the Top Country Albums chart,[3] as she moved away from the country music genre with her subsequent releases.[4] Carrie Underwood came closest to matching the two acts' time at number one, spending seven non-consecutive weeks atop the listing with Blown Away.

Three acts reached number one in 2012 for the first time, beginning with Lionel Richie, who topped the chart in April with Tuskegee, only the second album of his 30-year solo career to enter the country albums listing.[5] Throughout his career with the Commodores and as a solo artist, spanning five decades, Richie was initially associated with the soul genre and later known for pop ballads, but in 2012 he recorded Tuskegee, an album of duets with country singers, which was a success on both the pop and country charts.[6][7] In late August, country-rap artist Colt Ford reached the top spot for the first time with Declaration of Independence,[8][9] and two weeks later Dustin Lynch made his first appearance at number one with his self-titled debut album.[10] Lynch, along with fellow 2012 chart-toppers Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean, was associated with the so-called bro-country style, an emerging sub-genre which incorporated influences from rock music and hip hop and often featured lyrics relating to partying, attractive young women, and pick-up trucks.[10][11][12]

Chart history[edit]

Singer Dustin Lynch
Dustin Lynch topped the chart with his self-titled album.
Singer Lionel Richie
Veteran singer Lionel Richie, most associated with the soul genre and known for his ballads, had his first number-one country album in 2012.
Singer Josh Turner
Josh Turner topped the chart with Punching Bag.
Singer Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift ended the year at number one.
Issue date Title Artist(s) Ref.
January 7 Own the Night Lady Antebellum [2]
January 14 [13]
January 21 [14]
January 28 [15]
February 4 Clancy's Tavern Toby Keith [16]
February 11 Emotional Traffic Tim McGraw [17]
February 18 [18]
February 25 Home Dierks Bentley [19]
March 3 Own the Night Lady Antebellum [20]
March 10 [21]
March 17 [22]
March 24 [23]
March 31 Tailgates & Tanlines Luke Bryan [24]
April 7 [25]
April 14 Tuskegee Lionel Richie [26]
April 21 Changed Rascal Flatts [27]
April 28 Tuskegee Lionel Richie [28]
May 5 [29]
May 12 [30]
May 19 Blown Away Carrie Underwood [31]
May 26 [32]
June 2 [33]
June 9 [34]
June 16 [35]
June 23 Thirty Miles West Alan Jackson [36]
June 30 Punching Bag Josh Turner [37]
July 7 Welcome to the Fishbowl Kenny Chesney [38]
July 14 [39]
July 21 [40]
July 28 Uncaged Zac Brown Band [41]
August 4 [42]
August 11 [43]
August 18 [44]
August 25 Declaration of Independence Colt Ford [45]
September 1 Uncaged Zac Brown Band [46]
September 8 Dustin Lynch Dustin Lynch [47]
September 15 Blown Away Carrie Underwood [48]
September 22 [49]
September 29 Tornado Little Big Town [50]
October 6 [51]
October 13 [52]
October 20 [53]
October 27 [54]
November 3 Night Train Jason Aldean [55]
November 10 Red Taylor Swift [56]
November 17 [57]
November 24 [58]
December 1 [59]
December 8 [60]
December 15 [61]
December 22 [62]
December 29 [63]

References[edit]

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