Billboard reveals Top-Selling Albums and Singles of 2010.

2010 was a solid year for country music and while many genres were seeing album sales slip even further – in favor of the digital downloaded single – country music managed to keep the sales slippage to a minimum. Check out who landed where here!

Top-Selling Country Albums, 2010

Jan. 4, 2010–Jan. 2, 2011

1) Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now” 3,089,000

2) Taylor Swift, “Speak Now” 2,960,000

3) Zac Brown Band, “The Foundation” 1,015,000

4) Taylor Swift, “Fearless” 888,000

5) Sugarland, “The Incredible Machine” 782,000

6) Miranda Lambert, “Revolution” 778,000

7) Carrie Underwood, “Play” 741,000

8) Jason Aldean, “My Kinda Party” 687,000

9) Kenny Chesney, “Hemingway’s Whiskey” 617,000

10) Zac Brown Band, “You Get What You Give” 597,000

Before the fourth Quarter of 2010, half of the albums on this list weren’t available.  Thanks to the albums from Swift, Sugarland, Aldean, Chesney and The Zac Brown Band, the year gave country music around only a 5% sales decrease, which was far better than most genres. 

Top-Selling Country Digital Songs, 2010

1) Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now” 3,182,000

2) Taylor Swift, “Mine” 1,610,000

3) Sugarland, “Stuck Like Glue” 1,414,000

4) The Band Perry, “If I Die Young” 1,371,000

5) Taylor Swift, “Today Was a Fairytale” 1,330,000

6) Jaron & the Long Road to Love, “Pray for You” 965,000

7) Miranda Lambert, “The House That Built Me” 954,000

8) Carrie Underwood, “Undo It” 917,000

9) Lady Antebellum, “American Honey” 912,000

10) Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me” 809,000

As the Top-selling digital sales artist of all time, Taylor Swift is well-represented on this list with her three tracks.  Crossover hit “Need You Now,” helped raise Lady Antebellum’s career to a higher level and the follow-up #1 single “American Honey” gave them two songs on the list.  Perhaps the biggest surprise on this list is Jaron & The Long Road To Love’s “Pray For You” landing at #6 on the chart.   It is the ONLY single in this list that didn’t hit the top 10 on the country or pop single airplay chart (it hit #13). 

Top-Selling Country Albums, Fourth-Quarter 2010

1) Taylor Swift, “Speak Now” 2,960,000

2) Sugarland, “The Incredible Machine” 781,000

3) Jason Aldean, “My Kinda Party” 687,000

4) Kenny Chesney, “Hemingway’s Whiskey” 617,000

5) Rascal Flatts, “Nothing Like This” 545,000

6) Keith Urban, “Get Closer” 488,000

7) Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now” 448,000

8) Zac Brown Band, “You Get What You Give” 444,000

9) Darius Rucker, “Charleston, SC 1966” 355,000

10) The Band Perry, “The Band Perry” 332,000

This list is interesting because it shows how the Fourth-Quarter of 2010 and all the ‘power-star’ releases helped to save country music from a terrible sales year.  The biggest surprise to many would likely be newcomers The Band Perry out-selling such stars like Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert to gain the #10 slot of the 4th Quarter with their self-titled debut album.  Every other album on this list is from a bonafide superstar of the genre which means that the trio is likely to be heading in that direction too.

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