Bluegrass Today Top 30 for 2012

tracks2012Since Bluegrass Today launched in September 2011, one of the more popular features on the site has been our radio airplay chart. It is published both weekly and monthly, showing which songs received the most spins as reported by more than 100 participating terrestrial and satellite radio hosts across the US.

The chart was the brainchild of Bluegrass Today co-owner Terry Herd, a long-time radio syndicator with the Bluegrass Radio Network, and a former programmer for Sirius prior to their merger with XM. It was Terry’s belief that the bluegrass world deserved a chart that specifically measured spin count for broadcast radio, and creating one was a founding goal for the new site.

Following the chart each week (and month) has been great fun for fans, artists, labels and songwriters alike, and provided plenty of fodder for social media celebration.

Now that we have a full year of data from our Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart, we can publish an annual Top 30 report for 2012. This list shows which individual tracks received the most airplay, as reported by our participating programmers.

  1. Final Farewell – Chris Jones & The Night Drivers (Rebel); writers: Chris Jones, Jon Weisberger

  2. Carolina Moonshine Man – Lou Reid & Carolina (KMA Records); writers: Ray Edwards, Terry Foust, Lou Reid

  3. Dirt Road Heartache – Marty Raybon (Rural Rhythm); writers Melissa Pierce, Jerry Salley

  4. Monroe’s Doctrine – Special Consensus (Compass); writers: Ronnie Bowman, Craig Market, Bob Minner

  5. Oh, Kentucky – Lou Reid & Carolina (KMA Records); writer: Dennis Duff

  6. Nobody Knows You – Steep Canyon Rangers (Rounder); writer: Graham Sharp

  7. Another Man’s Arms – Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice (Rebel); writer: Russell Johnson

  8. Life Finds A Way – The Grascals (Mountain Home); writers: Jamie Johnson, Dierks Bentley, Ronnie Bowman

  9. When You’re Holding Me – Rhonda Vincent (Upper Management Music); writer: Donna Jo Webster

  10. Close The Door Lightly When You Go – Lonesome River Band (Rural Rhythm); writer: Eric Anderson

  11. A Natural Thing – Audie Blaylock & Redline (Rural Rhythm); writer: Harley Allen

  12. Anywhere Is Home Again – Volume 5 (Mountain Fever); writer: Jesse Daniel

  13. I’m Over You – The Boxcars (Mountain Home); writer: Keith Garrett

  14. The Other Side of Lonesome – Brand New Strings (Brand New Strings/Rural Rhythm); writer: Randall Massengill

  15. Your Kind of Love – Michelle Nixon & Drive (Mountain Fever); writer: Nick Nixon, Michelle Nixon

  16. Old Moonshiner – Russell Johnson (CDBY); writer: Russell Johnson

  17. Sounds of Home – Blue Highway (Rounder); writer: Shawn Lane

  18. January Night – Wayne Taylor (Wayne Taylor Records); writers: Raymond Adams Jr., Wayne Taylor

  19. That’s Just Me Lovin’ You – Darin & Brooke Aldridge (Mountain Home); writers: Lisa Shaffer, Jerry Salley

  20. I’ll Be Broken Hearted – Tony Holt & The Wildwood Valley Boys (Old Heritage Records); writers: Cardell Eaton, Al Eaton

  21. Rain – Clay Hess (Kang Records); writers: Craig Market, Wayne Winkle

  22. Little Pink – Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie (Rural Rhythm); traditional

  23. Somewhere South of Crazy – Dale Ann Bradley (Compass); writers: Pam Tillis, Dale Ann Bradley

  24. Lovin’ Liza Jane – Detour (Bluegrass Ahead); writer: Melissa Armstrong

  25. My Heart Is On The Mend – Larry Stephenson (Compass); writer: Randall Hylton

  26. Water Under The Bridge – NewTown (NewTown); writers: Rich Alves, Guy Clark

  27. Quarterline Road – Detour (Bluegrass Ahead); writer: Jeff Rose

  28. Catch Me If I Try – Kenny & Amanda Smith Band (Kenny & Amanda Smith); writers: David Wilcox, Pat Patrick

  29. Restless Workin’ Man – Blue Highway (Rounder); writer: Shawn Lane

  30. My Rose of Old Kentucky – Del McCoury Band (McCoury Music); writer: Bill Monroe


Have a quick listen to the tracks in our 2012 Top 30 in the iTunes player to the left.

Congratulations to all our 2012 chart toppers, and everyone who appeared on the chart over the course of the year.

Special thanks to the radio hosts who report their spins each week.

If you host or program bluegrass radio (terrestrial or satellite broadcast), and would like to take part in our chart reporting, we would love to hear from you.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.