The full list of 40 songs is shown below, but first there are a couple of observations made by Demsey during the program. The #1 song, Through The Window Of A Train, had been, at the end of 2008, at the top of the Survey for five months. The second song, Alison’s Band, was only a couple of points away from reaching the top spot on the Survey during its 13 month stay on the Survey.
The placement of these two songs mirrors the choices made by IBMA members in the Song Of The Year award in October with both songs being on the final ballot and Through The Window Of A Train triumphing there as well.
A rough assessment of the Top 40 shows that Rhonda Vincent and the Gibson Brothers both had three titles on the chart, Blue Highway, Dailey & Vincent, The SteelDrivers, Cherryholmes and Steep Canyon Rangers all had two entries.
Allocating points for a song relative to its position on the chart makes Dailey & Vincent the top band with 71pts, by virtue of their two top five entries. They are followed by The Gibson Brothers, with 64pts, Steep Canyon Rangers (63pts) third, Blue Highway (54pts) fourth and Rhonda Vincent, fifth with 51pts.
Dailey & Vincent were in the final five on the IBMA ballot for Vocal Group Of The Year as were Blue Highway, who featured in the final five choices for Instrumental Group Of The Year also.
The top albums are, in descending order, Dailey & Vincent, Iron & Diamonds, Lovin’ Pretty Women, Through The Window Of A Train and Good Thing Going.
Dailey & Vincent, Lovin’ Pretty Women and Through The Window Of A Train were in the last five albums on the IBMA ballot for the Album Of The Year award. The sixth placed band, The SteelDrivers, had its album, also called The SteelDrivers, in the final ballot for the Album Of The Year award.
The top record label is Rounder with 14 entries. They are followed by Sugar Hill (with five titles), then Pinecastle, Rebel, Rural Rhythm and Skaggs Family each with three songs on the chart.
See the complete Top 40 listing after the jump.
|39||One Blue Mule||Jim Lauderdale||The Bluegrass Diaries||Yep Roc|
|38||Riding Out The Storm||Tim Hensley||Long Monday||Rural Rhythm|
|37||I Can Go Back Anytime||Cassie Hassler||CCHR2||Rural Rhythm|
|36||Leaving Baker County||Jnr Sisk||Blue Side Of The Blue Ridge||Rebel|
|35||I Don’t Know||Cherryholmes||Cherryholmes II||Skaggs Family|
|34||Don’t Throw Mama’s Flowers Away||Danny Paisley||The Room Over Mine||Rounder|
|33||Road That Never Ends||Mountain Heart||Live||Rural Rhythm|
|32||If It Hadn’t Been For Love||The SteelDrivers||The SteelDrivers||Rounder|
|31||One Of Those Days
(When I Miss Lester Flatt)
|Tom T Hall||Tom T Sings ‚Ä¶||Blue Circle|
|30||The First Train Robbery||Larry Cordle||Took Down And Put Up||Lonesome Day|
|29||Good Thing Going||Rhonda Vincent||Good Thing Going||Rounder|
|28||Goin’ Back To Old Kentucky||Ricky Skaggs||Honoring The Fathers||Skaggs Family|
|27||Bluegrass Saturday Night||Rhonda Vincent||Good Thing Going||Rounder|
|26||Just Another Gravel In The Road||Blue Highway||Through The Window Of A Train||Rounder|
|25||Picker’s Blues||Gibson Brothers||Iron & Diamonds||Sugar Hill|
|24||You Don’t Know What Love Is||Cherryholmes||Cherryholmes||Skaggs Family|
|23||The Day That Lester Died||Claire Lynch||Crowd Favorites||Rounder|
|22||Down On The Crooked Road||The Dixie Bee-Liners||Ripe||Pinecastle|
|21||Eating Out Of Your Hand||Longview||Deep In The Mountains||Rounder|
|20||Can You Hear Me Now?||Doyle Lawson||More Behind The Picture
Than The Wall
|19||Rambling Man||The Steep Canyon Rangers||Lovin’ Pretty Women||Rebel|
|18||Hometown Blues||The Seldom Scene||Scenechronized||Sugar Hill|
|17||Iron & Diamonds||Gibson Brothers||Iron & Diamonds||Sugar Hill|
|16||If It Wasn’t For Bluegrass (I’d Go Crazy)||Tommy Webb||Eastern Kentucky||Kindred|
|15||I Won’t Be Coming Back||Infamous Stringdusters||Infamous Stringdusters||Sugar Hill|
|14||Cabin Down Below||Gibson Brothers||Iron & Diamonds||Sugar Hill|
|13||I’m Leaving||Rhonda Vincent||Good Thing Going||Rounder|
|12||Drinkin’ Dark Whisky||The SteelDrivers||The SteelDrivers||Rounder|
|11||The Last Suit You Wear||Larry Sparks||The Last Suit You Wear||McCoury Music|
|10||Moneyland||The Del McCoury Band||Moneyland||McCoury Music|
|9||Wheels||Dan Tyminski Band||Wheels||Rounder|
|8||Lovin’ Pretty Women||The Steep Canyon Rangers||Lovin’ Pretty Women||Rebel|
|7||The Train’s Ready||Balsam Range||Marching Home||Mountain Home|
|6||Dixie Flyer||Grasstowne||The Road Headin’ Home||Pinecastle|
|5||By The Mark||Dailey & Vincent||Dailey & Vincent||Rounder|
|4||Sweet Carrie||Dailey & Vincent||Dailey & Vincent||Rounder|
|3||The Trail Of Aching Hearts||Special Consensus||The Trail Of Aching Hearts||Pinecastle|
|2||Alison’s Band||Charlie Sizemore Band||Good News||Rounder|
|1||Through The Window Of A Train||Blue Highway||Through The Window Of A Train||Rounder|