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Toby Keith Earns Biggest Billboard Sales Of Career Post-Death

Toby Keith Earns Biggest Billboard Sales Of Career Post-Death

Toby Keith fans have been busy picking up his songs and records for years, but the pace quickened after his death on February 5. Keith, 62, died after battling stomach cancer since June 2022. His success in the world of country music reached the No. 1 stratosphere while Keith was alive.

Yet it’s not unusual for fans of a singer or musician who dies relatively young to buy this person’s music. It’s happened with plenty of artists in country and rock music circles alike. Those who keep up with trends had their eyes on what was taking place with Keith’s songs.

This week on the Billboard Digital Song Sales chart, Toby Keith has taken over nine spots with songs. In the big picture, that means he has nine of 25 spots occupied with his music. Toby Keith’s hits like Beer for My Horses, Should’ve Been a Cowboy, and I Love This Bar are in the mix. Don’t Let The Old Man In reached the No. 2 slot, selling 27,000 records in its tracking period, according to Do You Remember?

Toby Keith’s Songs Soar On Music Charts

Other Keith songs of note in the top sales areas include Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue, American Soldier, and As Good As I Once Was.

All of this Billboard success brings smiles and a few tears to his beloved fans. Country music stars offered their heartfelt condolences in the hours and days after Keith’s death. Yet there have been moments that also brought some smiles, too.

Keith was shown in a video riding in the backseat of an Uber. Now there was a lot more going on than simply catching a ride to some place. The Uber driver had a karaoke machine installed for his riders to have fun. That’s when Keith picked up a microphone and sang Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue with the karaoke music. He seemed to have a good time blending his own voice to this version.

Ah, sweet memories come to fans’ minds while humming a Keith tune. Many of his fellow musicians shared their thoughts in the wake of his death. Jason Aldean offered his condolences on X (formerly known as Twitter), writing, “Just waking up to the news of Toby Keith’s passing. Today is a sad day for Country music and its fans. Toby was a huge presence in our business and someone we all looked up to and respected. You and your music will be forever remembered big man.”

Carrie Underwood Among Stars Who Remembered Keith

Carrie Underwood headed over to Instagram, where she posted a tender message about Keith. “Saddle up the horses, Jesus, ’cause a true blue COWBOY just made his ride up to heaven!!! Introduce him to all the Okies and sign that boy up for the choir,” Underwood wrote. “We’re gonna miss you, Toby, but my heart does not doubt that you are standing in the presence of our King right now!!! See you again someday, friend.” She also shared several photos along with her post.

Keith was a proud Oklahoman, who loved living in his home state. He also was a big fan of Oklahoma Sooners football, befriending people like longtime coach Bob Stoops. Keith played with the Oklahoma City Drillers, which was connected to the United States Football League’s Oklahoma Outlaws. But he was playing football while also playing music with the East Money Band. He didn’t make the cut with the Outlaws, so he made music his full-time vocation.

Seeing his sales numbers rise on the Billboard charts can give his fans comfort. They have not forgotten Toby Keith. And they are making sure his name remains on the minds and hearts of country music fans now and in the future.