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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Tennessee River Alabama

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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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Whiskey River Willie Nelson

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Deep River Blues Doc Watson

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The River Garth Brooks

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

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Texas River Song Townes Van Zandt

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Kern River Merle Haggard

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Pontoon Little Big Town

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Redneck Yacht Club Craig Morgan

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Muddy Water Trace Adkins

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Lake Charles Lucinda Williams

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The River's Own Chris Knight

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Fishin' in the Dark Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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Banks of the Ohio Charley Pride

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Paradise John Prine

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Gonna Take A Lot Of River The Oak Ridge Boys

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Down the River to Pray Alison Krauss

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Mississippi Mud Hank Williams III

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Sweet Afton Nickel Creek

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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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Tennessee River Hank Williams, Jr.

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James River Blues Old Crow Medicine Show