Country Songs 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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Your Cheatin’ Heart This sad, loverlorn song is another hit from Hank Williams from 1952.

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

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

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

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The Battle of New Orleans 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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Cold, Cold Heart A 1951 classic ballad from Hank Williams that proved to be a popular radio play.

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A White Sport Coat A 1957 country hit for Marty Robbins

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

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

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Heartaches by the Number Another classic 1950s hit from Ray Price

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

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

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He'll Have to Go 1959 Jim reeves hit written by Joe and Audrey Allison

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White Lightning 1955 George Jones hit about moonshine

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It Wasn't Go Who Made Honky Tonk Angels 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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Crazy Arms 1952 Ray Price hit that spent 20 weeks on the chart.

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

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Kisses Sweeter Than Wine 1957 Jimmie Rodgers song written by The Weavers.

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Great Balls of Fire Infectious song from the country-pop corssover aritsi Jerry Lee Lewis from 1957

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I’m Moving On The 1950 hit that launched Hank Snow's career in country music.

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

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

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Singing the Blues 1956 hit for crooner Marty Robbins

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Long Gone Lonesome Blues Hank Williams and His Drifting Cowboys, Hank Williams - A 1950 hit for Hank WIliams that topped the charts for weeks on end.

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The Wild Side of Life This Hank Thompson #1 smash was a hit in 1952

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Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On 1957 smash from country-pop crossover Jerry Lee Lewis. Song was #61 on Rolling songs best songs of all time.

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Cattle Call is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s
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Why Don’t You Love Me Another 1950 hit for Hank WIlliams that reached #1 on the country charts.

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The Ballad of Davy Crockett 1955 hit by Tennessee Ernie Ford that would be the theme song for the popular TV show

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Gone 1957 hit by Ferlin Husky

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Hard Hearted Woman 1958 Elvis hit written by Claude Demetrius 

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On Top of Old Smokey Grant Green - A 1951 hit for  The Weavers & Terry Gilkyson

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Goodnight Irene 1950 hit from Ernet Tubb & Red Foley.

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I Want You I Need You I Love You 1956 hit from Elvis written by Maurice Mysels and Ira Kosloff

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I'll Be There (if You Ever Want Me) 1954 Ray price hit that has been re-rcorded by numerous artist such as george jones, tammy wynette and others

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

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

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Forgot to Remember to Forget 1955 brooding Elvis hit with a steel guiatr sound.

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

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Down Yonder 1951 hit by Del Wood

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Cruise is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 50s
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