Toby Keith Tops Billboard Hot 200 Albums Chart With “35 Biggest Hits”

The recently-departed country music icon’s 2008 best-of collection is just one of a handful of accolades tied to Toby Keith’s death at age 63 from cancer-related complications.

We may have lost Toby Keith in his physical sense but we will always have his music. As the past week proved, the country music icon was loved by many as his music achieved many firsts for the dearly departed icon. In addition to topping the Billboard Hot 200 Albums chart with his 35 Biggest Hits collection from 2008, Toby Keith’s album also became his first record to top the Top Streaming Albums chart.

The success doesn’t stop here as Toby Keith has nine of the Top 10 on the Country Digital Song Sales chart, a new record that even the red-hot Morgan Wallen hadn’t achieved. The previous record for this chart belonged to Kenny Rogers (April 4, 2020, following his death) and November 13, 2010 where Taylor Swift had just released her Speak Now album.

Keith’s 2018 track (which is a current radio chart single), “Don’t Let The Old Man In” returns to #1 with 27,000 tracks sold (up 3,744%), according to Luminate. The song first topped this chart in October 2023 after Toby performed the song at the People’s Choice Country Awards show. His only other chart-topper on this chart was “Red Solo Cup,” which dominated for 14 weeks, beginning in November of 2011.

Here are the nine songs which appeared on the chart and their position on the Top 10:

No. 1, “Don’t Let The Old Man In” (27,000 sold)
No. 3, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” (11,000)
No. 4, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” (11,000)
No. 5, “How Do You Like Me Now?!” (7,000)
No. 6, “As Good As I Once Was” (7,000)
No. 7, “Beer For My Horses,” with Willie Nelson (6,000)
No. 8, “I Love This Bar” (6,000)
No. 9, “American Soldier” (5,000)
No. 10, “Red Solo Cup” (5,000)

Luke Combs’ version of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” is the only song not in the Top 10 as it sits at #2 with 17,000 downloads thanks to the performance of it during the Grammy Awards on February 4.

35 Biggest Hits jumps from #38 to #1 on the Top Country Albums chart with 66,000 equivalent albums sold, up 953% up. As stated above, on the all-genre Top 200 Albums chart, the album sits at #1, it’s new peak after hitting the chart at #2 during its release week in 2008. The album contained 31 of his 42 Top 10 hits and 15 of his Top 20 #1 hits, including “Should’ve Been A Cowboy,” his first ever single. That song hit #2 on the Hot Country Songs chart in June 1993 and re-enters the streaming, airplay and sales based list at #13 and 3.5 million airplay impressions in addition to sales. Four other Toby Keith classics returned to the Hot Country Songs chart: “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” at #15, “As Good As I Once Was” at #19, “Don’t Let The Old Man In” at #22 — the song’s new peak and Toby Keith’s 62nd Top 40 hit on this chart — and “How Do You Like Me Now?!” At #23.