music Great Country Songs About Rivers & Lakes

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There's just something about water that inspires creativity. Who doesn’t want to kick back, grab a cold one and float down a river on a lazy Saturday afternoon? Summers in the south are spent on the water, so it’s no surprise that there are so many country river songs. These are among the greatest, recorded by iconic artists including Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Alabama, and The Oak Ridge Boys.

Many of the country songs about rivers and lakes on this list contain the words or the name of the specific body of water in the title. But some – including modern classics like “Pontoon” by Little Big Town and “Redneck Yacht Club” by Craig Morgan – just celebrate the country lifestyle, lauding boaters who gather on bodies of water to raise a little hell and relax. If you’ve ever experienced a boat party, you know that they’re a ton of fun, and certainly song-worthy.

Kick off your boots, grab a beer and sit on the dock as you enjoy these great country songs about lakes and rivers. Vote for your favorites, and don’t forget the sunscreen.

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Chattahoochee Alan Jackson

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River of Love George Strait

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Big River Johnny Cash

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Tennessee River Run Darryl Worley

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Tennessee River Alabama

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The River Garth Brooks

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Whiskey River Willie Nelson

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Deep River Blues Doc Watson

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Texas River Song Townes Van Zandt

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Kern River Merle Haggard

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Down the River to Pray Alison Krauss

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Muddy Water Trace Adkins

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Fishin' on the Mississippi Buck Owens and His Buckaroos, Buck Owens

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Lake Charles Lucinda Williams

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The River's Own Chris Knight

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Banks of the Ohio Charley Pride

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Gonna Take A Lot Of River The Oak Ridge Boys

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Paradise John Prine

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Fishin' in the Dark Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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Redneck Yacht Club Craig Morgan

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Sweet Afton Nickel Creek

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Pontoon Little Big Town

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Loch Ness Monster John Carter Cash

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Be the Lake Brad Paisley

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Kern River Emmylou Harris

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Mississippi Mud Hank Williams III

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Tennessee River Hank Williams, Jr.

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James River Blues Old Crow Medicine Show