Now that your favorite radio stations have punted the Christmas music and returned to normal programming, the race is on for the top spot on the Taste of Country Top 40 list for January 2012. Last month's No. 1 -- 'Tattoos on This Town' by Jason Aldean -- moves to No. 2 this month, as one of the fastest selling digital downloads of the last six months and a former Taste of Country Showdown champion breezes past him.

Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Taylor Swift and Brantley Gilbert all made big moves to start the new year. The list is also dotted with debut singles from new albums by Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Lee Brice. Note that our list is based on chart position, staff reviews and reader input.

Top 40 Country Songs - January 2012

  • 40. Josh Thompson - 'Comin' Around'

    Comin' Around - Single
  • 39. Sunny Sweeney - 'Drink Myself Single'

    'Concrete'
  • 38. Trace Adkins - 'Million Dollar View'

    'Proud to Be Here'
  • 37. Lauren Alaina - 'Georgia Peaches'

    'Wildflower'
  • 36. Gloriana - '(Kissed You) Good Night

    'A Thousand Miles Left Behind'
  • 35. Kip Moore - 'Somethin' 'Bout a Truck'

    'Drive Me Crazy'
  • 34. Chris Cagle - 'Got My Country On'

    Back in the Saddle (Deluxe Version)
  • 33. Tim McGraw - 'Better Than I Used to Be'

    'Emotional Traffic'
  • 32. Casey James - 'Let's Don't Call It a Night'

    Let's Don't Call It a Night - Single
  • 31. Lady Antebellum - 'Dancin' Away With My Heart'

    'Own the Night'
  • 30. Craig Morgan - 'This Ole Boy'

    'This Ole Boy'
  • 29. James Wesley - 'Didn't I'

    'Real'
  • 28. Brantley Gilbert - 'You Don't Know Her Like I Do'

    'Halfway to Heaven'
  • 27. Sara Evans - 'My Heart Can't Tell You No'

    'Stronger'
  • 26. George Strait - 'Love's Gonna Make It Alright'

    'Here for a Good Time'
  • 25. Jake Owen - 'Alone With You'

    'Barefoot Blue Jean Night'
  • 24. Montgomery Gentry - 'Where I Come From'

    'Rebels on the Run'
  • 23. Billy Currington - 'Like My Dog'

    'Enjoy Yourself'
  • 22. Scotty McCreery - 'The Trouble With Girls'

    'Clear as Day'
  • 21. Faith Hill - 'Come Home'

    'Illusion'
  • 20. Lee Brice - 'A Woman Like You'

    Hard 2 Love
  • 19. Hunter Hayes - 'Storm Warning'

    'Hunter Hayes'
  • 18. Justin Moore - 'Bait a Hook'

    'Outlaws Like Me'
  • 17. Edens Edge - 'Amen'

    Edens Edge
  • 16. Keith Urban - 'You Gonna Fly'

    'Get Closer'
  • 15. Taylor Swift - 'Ours'

    'Speak Now'
  • 14. Dierks Bentley - 'Home'

    'Home'
  • 13. Martina McBride - 'I'm Gonna Love You Through It'

    'Eleven'
  • 12. Brad Paisley - 'Camouflage'

    'This is Country Music'
  • 11. Kenny Chesney - 'Reality'

    'Hemingway's Whiskey'
  • 10. Toby Keith - 'Red Solo Cup'

    'Clancy's Tavern'
  • 9. Lady Antebellum - 'We Owned the Night'

    'Own the Night'
  • 8. The Band Perry - 'All Your Life'

    'The Band Perry'
  • 7. David Nail - 'Let It Rain'

    'The Sound of a Million Dreams'
  • 6. Chris Young - 'You'

    'Neon'
  • 5. Zac Brown Band - 'Keep Me in Mind'

    'You Get What You Give'
  • 4. Rascal Flatts - 'Easy'

    'Nothing Like This'
  • 3. Eric Church - 'Drink in My Hand'

    'Chief'
  • 2. Jason Aldean - 'Tattoos on This Town'

    'My Kinda Party'
  • 1. Luke Bryan - 'I Don't Want This Night to End'

    'Tailgates and Tanlines'