It’s Country Time! The 100 Best Country Songs Ever MadeBy Yuri S.
Country songs have long held a special place in many hearts. They are full of beautiful melodies, wonderful stories, and that musical style you just can’t help but fall in love with. That’s why we wanted to find out the best country songs ever made.
We’ve come up with a list of 100 incredible tracks inspired by Billboard’s list of the best ever country songs. From Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift to Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton, there’s something for everyone here. Let’s get started and check out what song gets the #100 spot!
#100 Good Hearted Woman – Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
There is nothing better than a country song written with an inspirational story. This is exactly what is going on with “Good Hearted Woman.” It was actually at the Fort Worther Motel where the inspiration for this track came. While playing a poker game, Jennings persuaded Nelson to record the song.
Waylon Jennings got this idea when he saw a newspaper article about Tina Turner, where it described her as a “good-hearted woman loving two-timing men,” the thing sounded good in his head. So it was a little brainstorming to get to the full lyrics of the top chart’s song.
#99 This Is It – Jim Reeves
In some cases, instant success does not appear right when we want it to. The song was the second posthumous release to become a hit. There is no doubt that the composition is impressive, but it needed some time to get to the public. Once it did, it got the credit it deserved.
It was a revolution at the time for the country scene, which is probably why the song got so successful. It stayed for almost twenty-two weeks on the charts and became a staple for the industry. Jim Reeves’ inedible song became a milestone for the future generation of country songs.
#98 Thinkin’ of A Rendezvous – Johnny Duncan
Bobby Braddock and Sonny Throckmorton made an amazing team to give the world this composition. It was indeed an amazing song at the time. Duncan embraced the verses and knew how to deliver them to the large public.
Topping the charts for almost two weeks, this song stayed strong in the top 40 for a long time. It is not the first time the artist impressed everyone, but this was his first number one solo and the beginning of a great career. It was not long before he took the first spot again with “It Couldn’t Have Been Any Better” in the spring of the same year.
#97 High Cotton – Alabama
One of four standouts from the album of the group Alabama, this song was an important part for the creator as it incorporates parts from his life, more specifically his youth. The song is centered around the author’s memories, the simple life on the farm that had him remembering the good old days surrounding the religious farming family.
This is more a part of history transformed into a song rather than a hit. It was no surprise when it reached the charts, and, notably, the same album had not one but four tracks that were very popular at that time.
#96 You Look So Good In Love – George Strait
The song “You Look So Good In Love” is certainly the standout in the album Right or Wrong. The lyrics definitely stood out the most, as there aren’t many artists who can deliver them this well. Here we have the lead character and see how the woman he loved is truly happy next to another man and not him.
With so much resentment and revelation of true love, this country song was made for people that experienced the same feeling, but anyone can relate to these lyrics.
#95 Breathe – Faith Hill
Release in 1999, this was one of the best to be released at the back end of the century. It also came with some critics as it was considered too pop than a country song should be. Maybe this is why the song did so well on both the country chart and the Billboard Hot 100, where it took second place.
Having a record of 53 weeks spent on charts, this song is one of the century’s most recognizable country/pop creations. While many may have resented Faith Hill for going down the pop route, it was a great song.
#94 Why Not Me – The Judds
Going back to the iconic duo, we have a song about the beginning of fame. “Why Not Me” was the second released song to get on the top of the charts back in 1984. Having the already expected style coming from these two, the public loved it, so it was an instant success.
It didn’t stay in the top spot for too long, only two weeks, but it stayed on the charts for many weeks. Appearing on the album with the same name, this is one of the most memorable performances from this legendary duo
#93 Mind Your Own Business – Hank Williams Jr.
Hank Williams Jr. is one of the most famous names in country music history, and this was one of the best songs that he ever penned. Together with his team, they helped create something special with “Mind Your Own Business,” and it became known as one of the best country songs.
There are rumors that a lot of the lyrics were inspired by the rocky marriage of the artist at the time. Some words reference arguments and the right to do so as a married couple. Whatever the reason, the song gave the right message to the public.
#92 Cry Myself To Sleep – The Judds
Speaking of country history, here are The Judds. Who can forget the iconic duo of the time who made the newspaper with each song? There was no surprise when “Cry Myself To Sleep” made it to the number one spot and stayed there for almost sixteen weeks.
This song was the duo’s eighth number one, and the mother-daughter combo took the charts by storm on every occasion. Infamous songwriter Paul Kennerley wrote many amazing songs for the group, with this being just one of them with others such as “Young Love” and “Let Me Tell You About Love.”
#91 If You Leave Me Tonight I’ll Cry – Jerry Wallace
Wallace may not have taken the genre by storm, but he still got a number one song. It was, unfortunately, the only one in his career, but that did not stop this song from getting the success it deserved. It topped the charts in 1972 and successfully kept its place for several weeks.
The success of the composition even led to it being used in episodes of Night Gallery: “The Tune in Dan’s Cafe.” It was made under Decca Records and was written by Hal Mooney and Gerald Sanford. With such a team, everybody thought that Wallace’s career would skyrocket. Sadly it did not.
#90 Killin’ Time – Clint Black
Usually, when speaking of this genre, not many people think of amazing music videos. With a director like Bill Young, there had to be a good video to go well with the music. So in July of 1989, the filming was done, and the song had a perfect video to go with it.
How to better represent this genre than a man singing to a woman at a bar? It was the perfect song and combined a guitar and amazing Black brother’s cameos. The song was his second track to hit the number one spot.
#89 Girl Crush – Little Big Town
Country music really takes on so many emotions in the lyrics, but some more so than others. It was 2014 when this hit was released and made people question the lyrical meaning, as it sounded very deep. Is it love for the girl or hate for the fate created by her?
Whatever the reason may be, the song skyrocketed to the number one spot and even got the group some pretty crazy nominations, including in the Grammy’s. The track is five-time platinum and remains an important part of contemporary country music.
#88 Our Song – Taylor Swift
While many may think of her as a pop artist these days, Taylor Swift has done a huge amount to recognize and appreciate country music. Country was how she began in music, and she produced many brilliant songs, such as this one.
The song took off and topped the charts for 36 weeks, pretty impressive for something made in school. While others struggled to do their homework, Swift was busy penning some of the greatest country songs ever written. This is a beloved early track of hers.
#87 Just Got Started Lovin’ You – James Otto
Talking about country often means looking into the far past, but “Just Got Started Lovin’ You,” a more contemporary tune, shows that the genre is still alive and well. As a song from the first album, Otto was a career milestone. Unfortunately, it is his only song to ever reach number one on any chart.
The composition is centered on the G major key, with a common tempo for this genre of 92. The critics consider this a more complex production of styles than only country. Otto considered this a “reinventing the wheel” moment for the industry.
#86 Pickup Man – Joe Diffie
Speaking of the country genre, people may think of certain freedom of writing, expressed true feelings, and humble origins. Diffie sure made it through with this, speaking of true feeling. His lovable lyrics about taking his dream girl on a ride with his truck were a sensation for the public.
The song may not be as old and memorable as others, but it sure keeps the true feeling of what this genre delivers, with happy and intriguing lyrics known by his fans. He made it into the number 1 spot for this song, and it was well deserved.
#85 I Fall To Pieces – Patsy Cline and Jim Reeves
Patsy Cline does not need an introduction. She made a name for herself pretty much from the beginning of the genre and will always remain a face known by country music lovers. It was with no surprise when a song from her made the world stop and took their hearts by storm.
“I Fall To Pieces” is now a base of the genre, but initially, it was underlooked by radios and needed some time to get a feel of the public. After that, it sure was a prime success, going straight to the number one position and even entering in pop charts, and the song was an instant milestone for the singer.
#84 (I’m So) Afraid Of Losing You Again – Charley Pride
When we think of country music, the USA is far ahead of anyone in this category and for sure the home of the genre. It produced many artists in the field that made history and shaped the future of younger generations.
One of these people is Charley Pride. His song “(I’m So) Afraid of Losing You Again” had a run of almost three weeks at number one and made his album a worldwide sensation of the time. Just Plain Charley is the album that started his career and made a name for himself in the industry.
#83 Baby, Baby (I Know You’re A Lady) – David Houston
Houston had an amazing and admirable career, yet with success also comes challenges. It was his last song to hit the number one spot on charts. But it was sure a big thing at the time, and people were crazy over it, with such amazing people behind it, such as Norro Wilson.
The love song was a huge success, but unfortunately for David Houston, it didn’t lead to better things. It was his only big chart success, but he still has a strong legacy. This is one of the best country songs ever and provided a benchmark for judging other great songs.
#82 Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of The Night) – Ronnie Milsap
Back for a history lesson again, it was 1985 when none other than the charismatic Ronnie Milsap released what will become a milestone in his artistic career. With producers such as Mike Reid and Troy Seals, the song was bound to the top charts from when it was released.
The song made history for the artist with the nomination for the “Best Country Vocal Performance” Gat the Grammy Awards. Not that he needed it; after all, it was his fourth award. This is just one of many great songs by the legendary artist.
#81 My Heart Skips A Beat – Buck Owens
One of the biggest figures in country music back in the day, Alvis Edgar Owens, was never left out of the Billboard 100. With his record of 21 No.1 hits, it stayed a true icon for the generations to come, making the industry one of the most appreciated worldwide.
“My Heart Skips A Beat” was released in 1964 by the artist and rose to the top of the charts for almost seven weeks, and it is said that Owens had a big contribution to the lyrics and directives for the audio for this piece. It still remains to this day a part of history both in the music industry, and it also inspires the evolution of the genre.
#80 God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton
Dave Barnes, a mainstream Christian music artist from the United States, wrote and released the song “God Gave Me You.” It was the first single from the album What We Want, What We Get, which was released in January 2010. But it wasn’t until the cover of Blake Shelton’s album in 2011 which put it on the map.
Blake listened to the radio when he came across the song on a CCM station. He said the song encouraged him to propose to Miranda, his then-girlfriend. Shelton’s performance was well received and gave him his fifth consecutive number one hit on the charts.
#79 There Won’t Be Anymore – Charlie Rich
Charlie Rich was an American country musician and composer who was born in Colt, Arkansas. Silver Fox is another moniker for him. His music is tough to categorize because it encompasses jazz, country, blues, gospel, and soul genres.
“There Won’t Be Any More” was recorded in the 1960s, but it wasn’t released until 1973, when it became a hit. The brilliant song was awarded Billboard magazine’s top country hit of 1974. The pop crossover includes a saxophone solo and is about coming to grips with a shattered love relationship.
#78 Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
Thomas Rhett Akins Jr. is an American country music singer and songwriter born in 1990. In June 2015, the music video for “Die a Happy Man” was shot in Hawaii, and Lauren Akins, Rhett’s wife, appeared in the video.
The song quickly became a favorite for wedding first dances. The song received a lot of pop radio attention once Tori Kelly’s vocals were added to it by the producers. Many happy memories are attached to this memorable song, and it’s beloved by many.
#77 My Heart/Silent Night (After The Fight) – Ronnie Milsap
Ronnie Lee Milsap is a vocalist and pianist from the United States specializing in country music. He was born in January 1943. Born blind into the Millsaps family of Appalachia, he moved to live with his grandparents at the age of one.
According to his 1990 autobiography, It Was Almost Like a Song, and his mother viewed his blindness as divine retribution. The medley consists of two well-known tunes. In the first song, the narrator realizes he has done someone wrong, and the second finishes when he concludes that nothing could’ve been done.
#76 If We Make It Through December – Merle Haggard
Merle Haggard has been behind many famous hits back in the 70s. His single “If We Make It Through December” was a huge track in 1971. This song had a different sense of purpose compared to other songs at that time.
The story mainly revolved around the mere feelings of loneliness and unemployment. The mental and emotional toll that comes with them has an essence of holiday theme in it. He was revered as a complete artist by the masses after this hit.
#75 Before You Go – Buck Owens
Buck Owens is a very familiar name in the country music genre, and his 1965 album hit the #1 on Billboard charts for the seventh time. The song revolves around two lovers. The narrator pleads with his lover, never to forget him as his former partner.
This results from an argument against each other where they plan to go their separate ways and leave each other. The song “Before You Go” became one of the best country songs ever made and a huge hit for Buck Owens.
#74 Two Dozen Roses – Shenandoah
Shenandoah is the artist who broke many hearts and mended them with his song “Two Dozen Roses.” This song has a different vibe to it, with a story that touched everyone’s hearts when it became a hit back in 1989.
It is based on a tale of love where the narrator pleads with his lover not to abandon him by leaving. He keeps questioning his actions and holds himself accountable due to his lover’s behavior. This song topped the country charts by securing the first rank in the same year.
#73 It’s Just A Matter Of Time – Randy Travis
Randy Travis came out with the song “It’s Just A Matter Of Time,” which was primarily supposed to be written for the pop genre, but it then got covered by three country singers who upgraded it to the next level.
This song found popularity among the masses as the top #1 song in the country charts in 1989. Randy Travis has made many brilliant tracks over the years, but this is arguably the best that he was ever done. It’s simply one of the best country tracks ever.
#72 Good Morning Beautiful – Steve Holy
The song “Good Morning Beautiful” was released as a part of Angel Eyes album, which is the movie this track was originally made for. This song by Steve Holy marked a big break and successfully ranked to #72 in the Billboard music chart.
The main character of this song is that it has an upbeat rhythm and has no twist ending. It revolves around two lovers who are entangled between hope and happiness. It’s a brilliant story and one that shows how brilliant storytelling can be in many country songs.
#71 Big City – Merle Haggard
Merle Haggard has been a popular name for country music as his songs continuously topped the country music charts. His song “Big City” was the single which became the #1 hit on charts for the 27th time.
This song established him as a renowned country artist in music history. Interestingly, most of his inspiration was driven by a friend who complained about life, which is depicted in his lyrics.
#70 Black Sheep – John Anderson
John Anderson has been a man of wisdom, witnessed from his songwriting. His song “Black Sheep” ranked #70 on the Billboard Charts. This song is based on particular expectations of the society from an individual with the perspective of opposing them entirely and rejecting the norms of the culture around him.
“Black Sheep” took John Anderson to the top of country music charts, where it was thriving as it reached at the top about three times in a row. Not only that, it remained in the top 40 songs for about 14 weeks.
#69 Lookin’ For Love – Johnny Lee
The song “Lookin’ For Love” was primarily produced as a part of Urban Cowboy, which originally was a soundtrack, and it reached rank 69 on Billboard. This is another song on this list that originated from a soundtrack.
Johnny Lee’s personality suited this song impeccably, despite many trials and errors. According to some reports, this song was pitched to twenty or more artists, but it ultimately ended Johnny Lee’s success song. John Travolta, the star of “Urban Cowboy,” applauded the song, which also shed some limelight on it.
#68 Love, Me – Collin Raye
Collin Raye is a name mostly heard at funerals by people who are already in a state of sorrow. ‘Love, Me’ is an emotional song with some sentimental values and revolves around a tragedy.
This song was sought to be an inspiring ballad that won up to the nominations of “Single of the Year” in 1991 at the CMAs and achieved the 68th rank in the Billboard chart of music awards. It is a brilliant song that has touched the hearts of many.
#67 Don’t Rock The Jukebox – Alan Jackson
As we all know today, Alan Jackson was not a renowned country singer at the beginning of his career. Back in 1991, when his song “Don’t Rock The Jukebox” got released, it became immensely popular, with its success reaching on the top of every chart nonetheless.
This single produced by him reached the 67th rank on the Billboard chart. In addition, another song by him named the “Honky-Tonk Anthem” was also performed in the movie Alvin and the Chipmunks later on. It’s a great song and one of many from Jackson.
#66 Giddyup Go – Red Sovine
The song “Giddyup Go” is based on a sentimental and emotional reunion that revolves around the story of a son and a father who meet at a truck shop. This song primarily focuses on driving a truck and is considered one of the best country songs.
It also has a special ending scene, almost mandatory for every country song. The artist behind this song is Red Sovine and is ranked #66 in the billboard chart, which shows that this song will stand the test of time.
#65 Don’t Let Me Cross Over – Carl Butler and Pearl
Carl Butler is best remembered for the single “Don’t Let Me Cross Over,” which is one of several songs his wife Pearl joins him in harmony. Don’t Let Me Cross Over is written by Penny Jay and is often described as a heartbreaking country song.
While the song was recorded in February 1962, it was initially released in November 1962. In four weeks of its launch, it reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Country Singles chart and spent eleven nonconsecutive weeks at #1.
#64 Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood
This brilliant song was written by Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear and produced by Mark Bright. It is the third release single by Carrie Underwood from the album Some Hearts. The song tells a story of a woman having revenge on her potentially unfaithful partner.
Released in August 2006, the song became an enormous crossover success, topping the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for five consecutive weeks. “Before He Cheat” was a success; it became the first-ever country song to sell over two million digital copies and helped Underwood achieve an even greater level of fame.
#63 Country Girl – Faron Young
“Country Girl” by Faron Young and written by Ron Drusky. The song is originally written by the famous songwriter Roy Drusky. It was released in 1959, and soon after its release, “Country Girl” stayed in the charts for thirty-two weeks.
It was her fourth number-one single on the country chart and soon achieved legendary status. The song was about a narrator heartbroken by a country girl who leaves him despite seeming happy. It’s a song that still sounds amazing today and deserves to be recognized as one of the best country songs ever.
#62 I’ll Get Over You – Crystal Gayle
This entry is a song written by Richard Leigh and produced by Allen Reynolds. Richard Leigh was the songwriter than helped Gayle gain control over her country music career by writing her first two big hits, “Wrong Road Again” and “Somebody Loves You.”
“I’ll Get Over You” was released in March 1976 as the second single from the album Somebody Loves You. Soon after release, the song quickly rose on the billboard to become Gayle’s seventh chart hit song and her first number one country hit in 1976.
#61 Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus
“Achy Breaky Heart” is a legendary song that amateur songwriter Don Von Tress from Tennessee wrote in 1990. According to him, he was merely fooling around on the guitar and a drum machine, and the lyrics came up.
The Marcy Brothers first sang the songs in 1991 with “Don’t Tell My Heart.” It was later recorded by Billy Ray Cyrus and released on his debut album. Some Gave All in 1992. The song became Cyrus’s first single ever to achieve triple Platinum status in Australia. Also, in 1992, it became the best-selling single in Australia.
#60 I Like It; I Love It – Tim McGraw
“I Like It; I Love It” is written by Jeb Stuart Anderson, Mark Hall, and Steve Dukes. It was recorded by American Country music artist Tim McGraw in 1995. He was recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
With three songwriters combining creativity in one piece, it makes sense why the song ranked as a number one single on the Hot Country song chart. It is the first single from Tim’s album All I Want and Tim’s ninth overall single. It is another great song in his amazing discography.
#59 Why Don’t We Dance – Josh Turner
The song was recorded by American country music artist Josh Turner and was released in August 2009. As a lead single from his album Haywire, it became Turner’s third number-one hit song in 2010; his first was “Would You Go With Me” in 2006. In 2010, “Why Don’t We Dance” became Turner’s fourth single certified Gold by the RIAA.
The song was written by Jim Beavers, Darrell Brown, and Jonathan Singleton, and it is described as a moderate up-tempo song featuring a production with fiddle, steel guitar fills, and a piano.
#58 My Maria – Brooks & Dunn
“My Maria” is a song written by Daniel Moore and B.W. Stevenson. Stevenson is the song’s original singer, and he released it as a single in August 1973. And the song became a Top 10 hit, peaking at number 9 on the US pop chart.
Also, country music duo Brooks & Dunn released a cover version of My Maria in 1996, and the song reached number 1 on the US country chart. Their version of the song is from their album Borderline. In addition, their version won them a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Vocal Group or Duo.
#57 Party Time – T.G. Sheppard
This entry was penned by Bruce Channel and recorded by the American country music artist T.G. Sheppard. It was released in June 1981 as the second single from the album I Love them All. “Party Time” is Sheppard’s eighth number one song on the country chart.
The single remained number one on the chart for one week and spent thirteen weeks on the country chart. On the B-side of things, T.G. Sheppard debuted the song “You Waltzed Yourself Right Into My Life,” another impressive track.
#56 Every Which Way But Loose – Eddie Rabbitt
Snuff Garrett, Steve Dorff, and Milton Brown wrote this brilliant country track. Eddie Rabbitt recorded the song and released it in November 1978. And it was produced by international producer and songwriter Snuff Garett. Soon after its release, the song premiered nationwide and debuted at number 18 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
It spends three weeks atop the Billboard magazine. This is the highest debut since the inception of the 100 position chart in 1973. Later in 2005, the record was tied by Garth Brooks, “Good Ride Cowboy.”
#55 Wings Of A Dove – Ferlin Husky
“Wings Of A Dove” is a country song written by Bob Ferguson in 1958. The song alludes to several passages from the Christian Bible about doves sent by the Lord. It later became one of the most popular records by Ferlin Husky in 1960.
The record was number 1 on the country charts for ten nonconsecutive weeks. It also became Ferlin Husky’s third number one on the country chart, spending nine months. The song also made its name in the pop charts, peaking at number 12 on the Hot 100.
#54 You’ve Never Been This Far Before – Conway Twitty
This legendary song was written and recorded by American country music artist Conway Twitty. It was produced by Owen Bradley and released in July 1973 as the second single from the album You’ve Never Been This Far Before.
At the time of its release, several controversies were causing several radio stations to ban it due to what some considered overly sexual lyrics. Nevertheless, this didn’t stop the song from performing well on the country chart, as it ranked as Twitty’s tenth number one song on the chart. It even stayed at number one for three weeks and spent a total of 16 weeks on the chart.
#53 As Good As I Once Was – Toby Keith
“As Good As I Once Was” is written and recorded by American country song artist Tony Keith. It was produced by James Stroud and released in May 2005. The song was Keith’s second single from the album Honkytonk University and one of his longest-running number one hits.
The song spent up to six weeks at number one and was also named BMI’s Song of the Year for 2006. Since then, the track has become one of Keith’s signature songs and one of his most successful songs and well worthy of this list.
#52 Love Without End, Amen – George Strait
“Love Without End, Amen” is a song written by Aaron Barker and recorded by American country music artist George Strait. It was produced by Jimmy Bowen and released in April 1990. The song is a mid-tempo tune that tells the story of the singer as a child expecting punishment from his father for fighting in school.
But, instead, his father tells him that fathers always love their children, that such love is a “love without end, Amen.” The song debuted as number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart for five weeks. This song turned out to be Strait’s first multi-week number one singes; each of his other hit songs only spent one week at the top.
#51 Hello Darlin – Conway Twitty
“Hello, Darlin” is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Conway Twitty. It was produced by Owen Bradley and released in March 1970 in the album Hello Darlin. Twitty’s fourth number-one song on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart.
The song stayed at the number one spot in the Billboard Hot Country Singles for four weeks. Aside from this, the Twitty standard concert opener became a country standard concert opener and his signature song. In 1999, Twitty’s recording was added to the Grammy Hall of Fame.
#50 Easy Loving – Freddie Hart
Freddie Hart is a brilliant country singer whose best work was arguable “Easy Loving.” This summer groove became Freddie Hart’s breakthrough song and a country music favorite in 1971. Heart lost his record contract after a previous single flopped, and this song was his comeback. A radio station picked up about a passionate romantic couple, and it catapulted Hart back into fame.
Hart received multiple honors due to the unpredicted success of “Easy Loving.” At the 1972 Academy of Country Music Awards, he was nominated for Top Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year and Single and Track of the Year.
#49 When You Say Nothing At All – Keith Whitley
Don Schlitz and Paul Overstreet wrote this amazing song just before Christmas in 1988. Alison Krauss also released a cover, whose version was her debut solo top-10 country hit in 1995. There was also a version by Irish pop star Ronan Keating in 1999, which was number one in Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Overstreet and Schlitz started experimenting with “When You Say Nothing at All.” Strumming a guitar, they struggled for ideas when this song came to them. They weren’t initially too impressed with their creation, but that soon changed after they’d worked on it.
#48 Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You) – Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers
This delightful track is a song written by Larry Gatlin and sung by the Gatlin Brothers Band. The driving melody is hugely infectious and is impossible not to love. The track was released as the first song from their amazing album “Houston to Denver” in September 1983.
This was their third number-one hit on the country charts and was perched on the country charts for nearly three months. The narrator of the highly emotional song informs his partner that he is looking forward to the end of his concert tour so he may come home.
#47 Coward Of The County – Kenny Rogers
Written by Roger Bowling and Billy Ed Wheeler and recorded by Kenny Rogers, this turned out to be a wonderful combination of talents. The song is the second single from Rogers’ album Kenny in 1979 and showed everyone that the great hits would keep on coming.
It became a significant crossover smash, ruling the Billboard Country chart and reaching No. 3 on the Hot 100 chart. The track also had international success, especially in Canada, the UK, and Ireland. This amusing ballad portrays a “cowardly” young guy who decides to take a stand for himself against his father’s advice.
#46 Skip A Rope – Henson Cargill
“Skip a Rope” was released as the title track from the album Skip a Rope in 1967. The track was Cargill’s first country chart entry, which turned out to be his most popular tune. “Skip a Rope” was Cargill’s only No. 1 on the country charts, lasting five weeks at the top and four months overall.
This beautiful single urged parents to pay attention to their children by discussing social concerns such as racism and bullying. It was well ahead of its time and deservedly dominated the country charts. It wasn’t Cargill’s only good song, but it was by far his most popular.
#45 The Good Stuff – Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney is best known for his popular songs about drinking and the beach. This ballad is different as it’s about a guy finding “the good stuff” in life, his love for a woman. It was his longest-running No. 1 single on the country charts.
The song comes from his 2002 album “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems.” It was a huge hit at the time, and it’s easy to see why. If you think that Chesney deserves at least one other spot on this list, then you’re not going to be disappointed.
#44 That’s What I Love About Sunday – Craig Morgan
The talented pairing wrote this song of Adam Dorsey and Mark Narmore. It was recorded by Craig Morgan, who did a wonderful job of conveying the song’s meaning. It is about a man’s sincere dedication to family time and an easy-going lifestyle. It was released as the first track from his album “My Kind of Livin” in November 2004.
It earned him his only No. 1 single in early 2005, spending one month at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles list. Is this Morgan’s best song? Many would argue otherwise, but there’s no doubting its brilliance, and it deserves its place on this list.
#43 Burnin’ It Down – Jason Aldean
This is an incredible track from Aldean’s 2014 album “Old Boots, New Dirt.” While the album itself got mixed reviews, there was no doubt that this one was a standout. It would be one of the best songs he’s ever released, even if it was a little controversial.
This sensuous ballad stirred debate on the radio due to its provocative tone and electronic dance music feel. Yet “Burnin’ It Down” earned Jason Aldean the Top Country Song award at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.
#42 Almost Persuaded – David Houston
In August 1966, “Almost Persuaded” lasted nine weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles list and has since become a country staple. The track was also a notable pop hit, peaking at number 24 on the Billboard pop chart, and was David Houston’s lone top 40 pop chart entry.
David Houston’s hilarious 1966 track is about a person who will be disloyal to his wife but then sees his wedding band in the mirror and realizes the error of its ways. It was a fun track in the 60s and still sounds fresh today.
#41 I Swear – John Michael Montgomery
In November 1993, “I Swear” was released as the title track from Montgomery’s album “Kickin’ It Up.” Together with the Marc Ball-directed music video, it spent almost one month at the top of the United States Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart before reaching pop radio and ranking at no. 42 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The cover version of All-4-One’s song became a number one success in several countries. The writer assures his partner that he will love her forever in this ballad. It’s a sweet song and well-deserving of our list.
#40 Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You – Brooks & Dunn
The romantic track was recorded by the American country music duet Brooks & Dunn in their classic honky-tonk style. Written by Tom Shapiro and Rivers Rutherford, it was released in 2001 and soon became a hit from this album Steers & Stripes.
The Country Music Association awarded the song the title “Single of the Year.” It remained at No. 1 on the US Country chart for six consecutive weeks, and it eventually became the chart’s most popular single of 2001. It’s a classic and one of the best country songs ever.
#39 You’re The Only World I Know – Sonny James
“You’re the Only World I Know” became Sonny James’ second No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in January 1965. His first was “Young Love” in early 1957, but this song gained crossover success, charting in the Billboard Top 100 and Easy Listening polls.
This 1965 “declaration of love” was Sonny James’ second No. 1 single, and it launched him into a decade of success. From 1965 until 1974, 22 of James’ songs reached number one, including a run of 16 consecutive singles.
#38 Rose Garden – Lynn Anderson
After listening to Joe South’s version of “Rose Garden,” Lynn Anderson decided to record her version in 1970. On the other hand, Anderson’s producer objected to the song’s recording since he did not find it to be a feminine song.
After much persuasion, Columbia Records agreed to record and release the song as a single due to their efforts. The song became a crossover success after reaching the top of both the country and pop lists on the American Billboard charts. “Rose Garden” was also a tremendous hit worldwide, hitting the top of the charts in several different nations.
#37 Watching You – Rodney Atkins
Rodney Atkins is a country music musician from the United States who co-wrote and released “Watching You.” It was released as the 2nd single from the album If You’re Going Through Hell in September 2006, and it became a hit.
According to Billboard’s year-end list, this uplifting, joyful track about a father’s deep bond with his child was awarded the number one song of the year. He achieved his second No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in the United States just after the track’s release. Steve Dean, Atkins, and Brian Gene White collaborated on the song’s composition.
#36 Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies – Sara Evans and Deana Carter
When Ed Bruce initially recorded “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” he wrote it with his wife, Patsy Bruce. United Artists Records released his song version on his 1976 self-titled album. Bruce’s version of the song peaked at No. 15 on the Hot Singles list in late 1975 and early 1976.
When Sara Evans and Deana Carter released their 2003 version of the song, it became the most popular in the country music industry. This song sends a strong message to the families of cowboys while also honoring their sacrifice.
#35 Don’t Blink – Kenny Chesney
Although Casey Beathard and Chris Wallin wrote the song “Don’t Blink,” American country music artist Kenny Chesney recorded the lovely piece. Its release date was September 2007, and it was the second single from Chesney’s 2007 album Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates.
The lyrics narrate how a younger man encounters a 102-year-old man interviewed on the news. During the interview, the interviewer inquired about the secret to life which the older man has been living by. The older man gives a stunning reply: he replies with the words of the song’s title, “Don’t blink.”
#34 This Is How We Roll – Florida Georgia Line (featuring Luke Bryan)
The legendary country music pair Florida Georgia Line and singer Luke Bryan recorded “This Is How We Roll.” The song is the last single from Florida’s debut album Here’s to the Good Times, even though it was only included in the 2013 This Is How We Roll re-release.
The song had so much great reception that on June 7, 2014, Jason Derulo and Bryan co-released a remix. The song made the 75th position in the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. It’s a legendary song worthy of being on this list of 100 greatest songs.
#33 It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett
Don Rollins and Jim “Moose” Brown wrote this beautiful song, but the legendary duo Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet performed the song. The song was released as the lead single in Jackson’s 2003 Greatest Hits Volume II.
The title and the lyrics are a usual excuse for drinking at odd times of the day. The buyer who goes to the bar advances this excuse that it is 5 pm somewhere. So the singer means to say that even though it’s an odd hour here, it’s the usual drinking time in another time zone.
#32 Islands In The Stream – Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton
Bee Gees wrote and recorded the song “Islands in the Stream.” Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton sang the song too. Although it was first written for Marvin Gaye in an R&B style, it was later rewritten for Kenny Roger’s album.
They released the song in August 1983 as Roger’s album Eyes That See in the Dark It was a huge success. Its reception was so good that it was used as a karaoke song in two episodes of ABC’s The Good Doctor, “Islands Part One,” and “Tough Titmouse,” among other productions.
#31 Give Me Wings – Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson’s third hit, the renowned American country singer “Give Me Wings,” was a huge success. To his dismay, the song’s lyrics tell about a man whose love needs space. Michael Johnson recorded the song, but Kye Fleming and Don Schlitz wrote the song.
The song was released sometime in September 1986 as the second single on the album Wings, and it spent sixteen weeks on the Country Chart. The lovely song was Michael Johnson’s third country hit. Sadly, Micahel Jay Johnson passed away in his home in Minneapolis in July 2017 after a long and successful career.
#30 All The Time – Jack Greene
Kitty Wells first sang the song, and her version peaked the country music charts in 1959 at the 18th position. Jack Greene’s version of the lovely song came only after eight years, and his version peaked the number one on the same country music chart.
Jack Greene was a charming country singer nicknamed “Jolly Greene Giant.” This nickname was a result of his height and impressively deep voice. He has been nominated for the Grammy Award thrice and is best known for his famous 1996 hit “There Goes My Everything.”
#29 I’ve Come To Expect It From You – George Strait
Buddy Cannon and Dean Dillon wrote the song “I’ve Come to Expect It from You,” but renowned country musician George Strait recorded it. The song was released in October 1990. It was the last single off his album “Livin’ It Up.” The song ranked internationally on the top charts.
The US Billboard Hot Country Singles and tracks Chart peaked at number 1 and stayed so for five weeks. George Strait is known as the “King of Country” and is considered one of the most influential and famous recording artists of all time.
#28 Heartaches By The Number – Ray Price
Harlan Howard wrote the country song “Heartaches by the Number.” The song is about three heartbreaks suffered by the singer as he lists them in the song. He suffers the first heartbreak when his lover leaves him.
Later on, the song tells that the lover returns but does not stay. This causes the second heartbreak for the singer. The song tells of the third heartbreak when the lover calls and intimates the singer of plans to return, but he waits in vain for the knock on his door.
#27 Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away – Vince Gill
American country music singer Vince Gill co-wrote the song with Gill and Pete Wasner and recorded the lovely country song “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away.”
The song topped the Hot Country Songs Chart as number 1 (formerly Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks ). The song was released in 1992 October, and it was the second single from the hit album I Still Believe in You. It reached number-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks and the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. It was a hugely successful hit.
#26 Have Mercy – The Judds
Paul Kennerley wrote the song “Have Mercy,” but it was recorded by the legendary country music pair The Judds. The son was released in 1985 as the first single on the Rockin’ with the Rhythm album. This single ranked number 1 on the Country chart and spent fourteen weeks on the chart.
The Judds were a pair of lovely country musicians, Naomi Judds and her daughter, Wynonna Judd. The amazing pair was one of the most successful country music artists in country music history, with five Grammy Awards, among others.
#25 Chattahoochee – Alan Jackson
Alan Jackson co-wrote the song with Jim McBride and recorded the hit country song “Chattahoochee.” The song was released in 1993 May. And it was the third single off his hit album A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ’bout Love.
“Chattahoochee” was a success and received CMA awards for Single of the Year and Song of the Year. The song’s theme is growing up and falling in Love along the Chattahoochee River. The river forms part of Georgia’s borders with Alabama and Florida. It’s a wonderful country song and one of the best ever.
#24 If You’re Going Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows) – Rodney Atkins
The song was recorded by renowned country music artist Rodney Atkins but written by Dave Berg, Sam, and Annie Tate. The song was released in January 2006 as the lead-off single from his second hit album, “If You’re Going Through Hell.”
It is believed that two quotes inspired the title. One was Winston Churchill’s “If you’re going through Hell, keep going.”, and the other is a famous old Irish toast “May you be in Heaven five minutes before the devil knows you’re dead.” It adds up to a brilliant song.
#23 Here You Come Again – Dolly Parton
Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil wrote the song “Here You Come Again,” but it was recorded by Dolly Parton, the incredible American singer, songwriter, actress, and author. The song was released as a single in September 1977. The song’s title was the name of the album, and the song topped the chart for five weeks.
The song also won Parton the 1978 Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. The song sold more than 270,000 digital copies in the US as of February 2019, upon becoming digitally available for download.
#22 How Do You Like Me Now?!’ – Toby Keith
This lovely piece was released as the second single of his album in 1999. Toby Keith co-wrote the song with Chuck Cannon but recorded it himself. The song discusses Keith’s attraction to a beautiful lady who ignored him in high school.
The song intimates listeners with Keith’s curiosity as he wonders if the lady still remembers him now that he is famous. The music video features Toby Keith singing the song in the middle of the night at a hometown football field. The song was a huge hit.
#21 Rhinestone Cowboy – Glen Campbell
The late Glen Travis Campbell was a legendary American singer, songwriter, television host, and actor who recorded this hit song. He was best known for a series of hit songs in the 1960s and 1970s and hosting “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” on CBS television from 1969 until 1972.
Larry Weiss originally wrote and recorded the song, but it didn’t get much reception until Glen Campbell learned the lyrics and sang it. Many music critics noted that Campbell identified with the theme of the song. The title represents a veteran artist who has invested more than enough during his career but is still surviving and hoping to shine one day like a rhinestone cowboy.
#20 Check Yes Or No – George Strait
“Check Yes or No” is a song recorded by American country music artist George Strait, composed by Danny Wells and Dana Hunt Black. It was released in September 1995 as the first single from George Straight’s album titled Strait Out of the Box.
It topped both the US Billboard country and the Canadian RPM country charts. In 1996, it was included as a bonus track on the UK released version of the Blue Clear Sky album. “Check Yes or No” is about the story of the bond between two people who were childhood sweethearts.
#19 It’s Your Love – Tim McGraw with Faith Hill
“It’s Your Love” featured very popular American country song artist Tim McGraw with her equally popular wife Faith Hill, written by Stephony Smith and was released in May 1997 (the same month when the couple born their first daughter) as the first single from his album titled Everywhere.
The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart after five weeks from landing on the Top 10 list of the chart. The song stayed on top for another six weeks. This song won Single, Song, and Top Vocal Event of the Year at the 1997 Academy of Country Music Awards (CMAs) and the Video of The Year Award.
#18 My Hang-Up Is You – Freddie Hart
“My Hang-Up Is You” is a 1972 single by Freddie Hart, Frederick Segrest in real life, and his backup band “Heartbeats.” “My Hang-Up Is You” was Hart’s second number one on the U.S. country singles chart, after an equally successful “Easy Loving.”
The single stayed at number one for six weeks and spent eighteen weeks on the country charts of 1972. Freddie Hart died of pneumonia in 2018. This song is about the narrator’s admission that his greatest weakness is the person that he loves.
#17 19 Somethin’ – Mark Wills
“19 Somethin'” is a song recorded by American country music artist Mark Wills and written by David Lee and Chris DuBois. It was released in September 2002 as the first single from Will’s Greatest Hits compilation album, where it will spend six weeks at number one position on the Hot Country Songs chart in 2003, regarded as the longest-lasting hit of Mark Wills.
The song will even become the number two country song of the decade on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart. The track was about the singer’s reminiscing his teenage years in the 70s and 80s.
#16 Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love) – Waylon Jennings
“Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” is recorded by Waylon Jennings, who hails from Texas. The song was written by Chips Moman and Bobby Emmons and was released in April 1977 as Jenning’s album’s first.
The story is about a couple who were having a hard time living in the ‘high society,’ endangering their marriage, so they decided to move out in the small town of Luckenback, Texas. Although Jennings had never been in Luckenbach, he was certain it would become a hit because we all have our own ‘Luckenbach.’
#15 Live Like You Were Dying – Tim McGraw
The song is Tim McGraw’s 2004 hit from his album with the same title. The song was written by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, who crafted it centered on family and friends who have cancer and how they had a new outlook on life after realizing they had limited time.
The song won the Best Country Song Award at the Grammys, the Best Single Song, and the Song of the Year Award at the 2004 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. The song spent seven weeks on the Billboard Country music charts.
#14 Need You Now – Lady A
The song, written in 2019 by the band members themselves, became a huge hit in the US spending five weeks on top of the charts. It went on to be included in the Top 10 songs on Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand charts.
It was one of the most downloaded songs of all time, selling over 5 million copies worldwide. It even reached the Top 15 song in the UK, a very difficult feat. The band members interpreted the song as the need to reach out to someone in the middle of the night due to loneliness and longing.
#13 Once A Day – Connie Smith
23-year-old Connie Smith was a newcomer from Nashville in 1964 when she recorded her debut single “Once A Day,” and it topped the country charts, an achievement that was able to be conquered by a female artist at that time.
Written by Bill Anderson, Smith’s song spent eight weeks at the top of the country charts, which will only be surpassed by Taylor Swift’s “‘We Are Never Getting Back Together,” 48 years later in 2012. The song portrayed Smith as crying over her ex-boyfriend just once a day, but ‘once a day’ means crying all day long, or at night but from dusk till dawn.
#12 Just To See You Smile – Tim McGraw
“Just to See You Smile” was Tim McGraw’s famous song written in August 1997 by Mark Nesler and Tony Martin. It was released under McGraw’s album entitled Everywhere and spent 42 weeks on the Billboard charts, the longest one in the ’90s.
The song is about a man who has a high school sweetheart but eventually broke up due to different career paths. When they saw each other again, the girl was about to marry her new boyfriend. The man, despite being hurt, said he was OK and approved of the marriage because he wanted to see her smile.
#11 Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’ – Charley Pride
Charley Pride released his signature hit song “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin” in October 1971, as his first single in his first album titled Charlie Pride Sings Heart Songs. The song was written by Ben Peters and was Pride’s eighth song to top the country charts. It also spent four months on top of the pop chart.
The songwriter Ben got the idea of writing the song when he kissed his newborn daughter Angela before going to work. Pride sadly died in Dallas last 12 December 2020 from complications related to COVID-19.
#10 Daddy Sang Bass – Johnny Cash
Written by Carl Perkins, “Daddy Sang Bass” was released by Johnny Cash in 1986 in The Holy Land and is regarded as one of the country music singers’ most successful melancholic songs. “Daddy Sang Bass” is about the narrator’s family remaining together after the passing of his brother.
The song topped the Billboard County chart for six weeks and lasted for 19 weeks. Based on account of the singer, Perkins wrote the song in 1967 after Cash had helped him overcome his alcoholism. Cash also claimed the song was about his brother, who died as a little boy.
#9 Amazed – Lonestar
Lonestar released “Amazed” in March 1999. The song is the second single from the group’s third studio album, Lonely Grill. The song declares a man’s love for his romantic partner. Aimee Mayo, Chris Lindsey, and Mary Green, the song was co-written.
Nearly two million digital copies of the single have been sold, and it took five years after the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 before another country song could achieve the feat. There have been several covers of the song from other singers.
#8 Somebody Like You – Keith Urban
Keith Urban released “Somebody Like You” as a single on the 2002 Golden Road album. The song was co-written and recorded by Urban. The stunning country classic is about the narrator’s experience finding a woman who makes him forget his life’s troubles.
The song became Keith Urban’s second hit song that topped the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It was number 1 on this chart for six weeks and number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was also named the Billboard song of the first decade in the 21st century.
#7 Convoy – C.W. McCall
“Convoy” is a song laced with several trucker slangs accompanying a group of protesting truck drivers. The song is a 1975 novelty track by C. W. McCall. McCall is a character co-created and vocalized by Bill Fries and Chip Davis.
The unique track became the no. 1 song on both pop and country charts in the United States. It also topped charts in Canada, topping the RPM singles chart in January 1976. The song is listed on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time, and rightfully so.
#6 Love’s Gonna Live Here – Buck Owens
When Buck Owen’s “Love’s Gonna Live Here” was released in 1963, the song became an instant hit. It held the top spot for 16 weeks and became a classic. The song is written and performed by Buck Owens about the narrator’s recovery from a breakup.
The song also reflects the narrator’s excitement for finding love in the future. The legendary track spent a total of thirty weeks on the chart and held the record for its longevity at the time. It sounds as good today as it ever did.
#5 There Goes My Everything – Jack Greene
This is one of the best country songs ever. Dallas Frazier was written and released in 1965. The song is now considered a standard for country music and has been covered by several artists. However, Jack Greene’s 1966 version stands out.
The song is about a tough breakup. Greene’s version spent 21 weeks on the chart and eventually peaked at 65 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also won several awards, including Song of the Year and Single of the Year at the inaugural CMA Awards presentation.
#4 Take Your Time – Sam Hunt
“Take Your Time” is a song about the narrator seeking a romantic relationship with someone he meets. The song is co-written by Sam Hunt, an American country music singer. The stunning song was released to country radio in November 2014 as the second single on the studio album Montevallo.
Capitol Records further handled the song’s promotion to pop radio stations in 2015. That extra promotion led Hunt’s second single to reach number one on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs in 2015. It was worthy of recognition for an incredible track.
#3 Wanted – Hunter Hayes
“Wanted” was co-written and recorded by Hunter Hayes, an American country music singer. The song was released in 2012 in Hayes’ debut album, Hunter Hayes. The love song was co-written with Troy Verges, and they combined to create something very special.
The beautifully country song is ranked the third greatest country single of all time by Billboard, and who are we to argue? Apart from this prestigious honor, the song also got several nominations and awards, including the Best Country Solo Performance at the Grammys in 2013, and has a sales record of over 3.6 million.
#2 Walk on By – Leroy Van Dyke
Performed by Leroy Van Dyke, “Walk on By” was originally written by Kendall Hayes. It was released in 1961 and soon caught people’s attention. The song is the title track and the first single from the album “Walk on By.”
The song is Van Dyke’s most successful song, spending 37 weeks on the country chart, with 19 weeks in the #1 spot. On the main pop chart, it peaked at number five. #2 is one of the oldest songs on the list, with our top spot being one of the newest.
#1 Cruise – Florida Georgia Line
“Cruise” was first released in 2012, and our top spot is one of the newer songs on the list. The song is from Florida Georgia Line’s EP It’z Just What We Do. The song was written by Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Joey Moi, Jesse Rice, and Chase Rice, which added an incredible combination.
The song is also on the group’s first album, Here’s to the Good Times. It’s an insanely fun song and makes you want to get in your car and cruise on a road trip. It holds special memories for many people, which helps to make it one of the best songs ever made in any genre.