The Best Country Songs From the 50s

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Country music is the most popular genre of music and its popularity stems from classic country songs such as these from the 1950s that have paved the way for other, more current artists. The country songs of the 1950s are steeped in Americana and tell the story of ordinary, hard working, hard drinking, and long suffering people just like many of us. 


The songs on this list from top classic country artists such as Don Gibson, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and Hank Williams. Vote up the greatest 1950s country songs, or add a song that makes you love '50s country music it if it isn't already on the list.
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    I Walk the Line is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    This love song to June Carter is a classic '50s hit from Johnny Cash that is stark, epic, and lovelorn.

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    The Battle of New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1959 hit for Johnny Horton that tells of the 1815 battle of new orleans from the perspective of an American Soldier.

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    Sixteen Tons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    A 1955 hit about the difficult days in the coal mine.

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    Hey, Good Lookin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    This 1951 hit from Hank WIlliams was one in a line of jukebox hits for the country singer throughout the '50s

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    El Paso is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1959 hit for Marty Robbins that featured a Spanish guitar and is an ode to the city of its title.

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    Oh Lonesome Me is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1958 Don Gibson hit that would go on to be re-recorded by other like Ray Charles

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    Your Cheatin’ Heart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    This sad, loverlorn song is another hit from Hank Williams from 1952.

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    Walkin’ After Midnight is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    This 1950s hit from Patsy Cline peaked at #2 on the charts and essentially launched her storied country career.

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    A White Sport Coat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    A 1957 country hit for Marty Robbins

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    Jambalaya is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    Popular 1952 hit from Hank Williams that was an old to the creole concoction

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    Cold, Cold Heart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    A 1951 classic ballad from Hank Williams that proved to be a popular radio play.

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    Tennessee Waltz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1950 hit by Patty Page that would become that state's official song in the 1960s.

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    Crazy Arms is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1952 Ray Price hit that spent 20 weeks on the chart.

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    He'll Have to Go is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1959 Jim reeves hit written by Joe and Audrey Allison

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    Release Me is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1952 hit for Ray Price from an original 1946 song by Eddie Miller

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    White Lightning is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1955 George Jones hit about moonshine

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    Kisses Sweeter Than Wine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1957 Jimmie Rodgers song written by The Weavers.

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    It Wasn't Go Who Made Honky To... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    this Kitty Wells hit was the response to "The Wild Side of LIfe" shortly after its release in 19532 becomeing the housewives country antjem of the early 1950s

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    Hound Dog is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1956 Elvis hit that was the B-Side to "Don't Be Cruel"

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    Heartaches by the Number is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    Another classic 1950s hit from Ray Price

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    Hard Hearted Woman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1958 Elvis hit written by Claude Demetrius 

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    Great Balls of Fire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    Infectious song from the country-pop corssover aritsi Jerry Lee Lewis from 1957

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    I’m Moving On is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    The 1950 hit that launched Hank Snow's career in country music.

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    Heartbreak Hotel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    this 1956 Elvis hit was the King's first country-pop crossover hit.

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    The Ballad of Davy Crockett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1955 hit by Tennessee Ernie Ford that would be the theme song for the popular TV show

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    The Wild Side of Life is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    This Hank Thompson #1 smash was a hit in 1952

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    Singing the Blues is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1956 hit for crooner Marty Robbins

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    Long Gone Lonesome Blues is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    A 1950 hit for Hank WIliams that topped the charts for weeks on end.

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    Why Don’t You Love Me is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    Another 1950 hit for Hank WIlliams that reached #1 on the country charts.

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    I'll Be There (if You Ever... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1954 Ray price hit that has been re-rcorded by numerous artist such as george jones, tammy wynette and others

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    Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1957 smash from country-pop crossover Jerry Lee Lewis. Song was #61 on Rolling songs best songs of all time.

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    Gone is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1957 hit by Ferlin Husky

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    Mystery Train is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1955 Elvis release that ranks as #77 on Rolling Stone's 500 greatest songs of all time.

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    I Want You I Need You I Love Y... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1956 hit from Elvis written by Maurice Mysels and Ira Kosloff

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    Moanin’ the Blues is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1952 hit for Hank WIlliams that made his a steady jukebox play during the decade.

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    I Never Go Around Mirrors is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

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    On Top of Old Smokey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    A 1951 hit for The Weavers & Terry Gilkyson

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    Goodnight Irene is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1950 hit from Ernet Tubb & Red Foley.

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    Raunchy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1957 hit by Bill Justis. Song written by Justis and SId Manker.

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    Forgot to Remember to Forget is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1955 brooding Elvis hit with a steel guiatr sound.

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    Down Yonder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s

    1951 hit by Del Wood

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