It's very close to the "official kickoff" of the holiday shopping season.  I know in Binghamton, the gift of music is always a safe one.  Although the year is not quite over, 2012 has been another big year for country music albums, downloads and CD sales.

What are the most popular country albums of the year, so far?  I was surprised to find out a number of holiday releases are in the list.  Here is the list of the top 10 according to

#10-  Toby Keith - Hope On The Rocks

#9-  Jamey Johnson- Living For A Song Tribute

#8-  Zac Brown Band- Uncaged

#7-  Jason Aldean- Night Train

#6-  Carrie Underwood- Blown Away

#5-  Little Big Town- Tornado

#4-  Blake Shelton- Cheers, It's Christmas

#3-  Scotty McCreery- Christmas With Scotty McCreery

#2-  Lady Antebellum- On This Winter's Night

#1- Taylor Swift- Red

I guess it's no surprise that Taylor Swift is #1 with "Red."  One thing I can say is there is lots of great new music out there.  Happy shopping.