Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, Reba McEntire (And Billy Ray Cyrus) Party on the Charts Like It’s 1993


B&D, Strait & McEntire all rank in the Top Country Albums top five, while Cyrus tops the Hot 100.

George Strait's honky tonk time machine might really work.

On Billboard's Top Country Albums tally (dated April 20), Brooks & Dunn blast in at No. 1 with Reboot, their first leader on the list in more than a decade and their seventh overall, dating to their first in March 1993.

The set is joined in the top five by Strait's new LP Honky Tonk Time Machine, which drops to No. 3 after debuting at No. 1 a week earlier, when it arrived as his record-extending 27th leader, dating to his first in February 1984.

Also in the chart's current top five is Reba McEntire, whose Stronger Than the Truth bows at No. 4, marking her 27th top 10; she first reached the region and led the list in 1986.

Among them, the three cornerstone country acts boast 75 top five entries on Top Country Albums: 37 for Strait, 25 for McEntire and 13 for Brooks & Dunn.

But, until this week, when had Brooks & Dunn, Strait and McEntire last ranked in the chart's top five together?

Borrowing Strait's invention, we have to time-travel back to the Top Country Albums chart dated June 5, 1993, to find the last time that all three acts all placed in the top five simultaneously. That week, Brooks & Dunn's Hard Workin' Man held the No. 2 spot, Strait's Pure Country soundtrack rose 5-4, and McEntire's It's Your Call slipped 2-5.

No. 1 on that chart was Wynonna's Tell Me Why. And the title rounding the survey's top five in the first week of June 1993? At No. 3, Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus, who, like Brooks & Dunn, Strait and McEntire, is adding his latest chapter to an extensive chart history, as he earns his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 now that he's featured on Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road," which leads the list for a second week with record-breaking streams.

For further perspective, "Old Town Road" dethroned "7 Rings" by Ariana Grande… who was born on June 26, 1993.