The Best Country Songs From the 50s

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Vote up and add all of your favorite country songs from the 1950s.

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
    1

    Your Cheatin’ Heart

    This sad, loverlorn song is another hit from Hank Williams from 1952.
  • Hey, Good Lookin
    2

    Hey, Good Lookin

    This 1951 hit from Hank WIlliams was one in a line of jukebox hits for the country singer throughout the '50s
  • Cold, Cold Heart
    3

    Cold, Cold Heart

    A 1951 classic ballad from Hank Williams that proved to be a popular radio play.
  • I Walk the Line
    4

    I Walk the Line

    This love song to June Carter is a classic '50s hit from Johnny Cash that is stark, epic, and lovelorn.
  • The Battle of New Orleans
    5

    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.
  • Walkin’ After Midnight
    6

    Walkin’ After Midnight

    This 1950s hit from Patsy Cline peaked at #2 on the charts and essentially launched her storied country career.
  • El Paso
    7
    1959 hit for Marty Robbins that featured a Spanish guitar and is an ode to the city of its title.
  • Jambalaya
    8

    Jambalaya

    Popular 1952 hit from Hank Williams that was an old to the creole concoction
  • Sixteen Tons
    9

    Sixteen Tons

    A 1955 hit about the difficult days in the coal mine.
  • Heartaches by the Number
    10

    Heartaches by the Number

    Another classic 1950s hit from Ray Price
  • Oh Lonesome Me
    11

    Oh Lonesome Me

    1958 Don Gibson hit that would go on to be re-recorded by other like Ray Charles
  • Tennessee Waltz
    12

    Tennessee Waltz

    1950 hit by Patty Page that would become that state's official song in the 1960s.
  • A White Sport Coat
    13

    A White Sport Coat

    A 1957 country hit for Marty Robbins
  • It Wasn't Go Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
    14

    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
  • He'll Have to Go
    15

    He'll Have to Go

    1959 Jim reeves hit written by Joe and Audrey Allison
  • I’m Moving On
    16

    I’m Moving On

    The 1950 hit that launched Hank Snow's career in country music.
  • White Lightning
    17

    White Lightning

    1955 George Jones hit about moonshine
  • Great Balls of Fire
    18

    Great Balls of Fire

    Infectious song from the country-pop corssover aritsi Jerry Lee Lewis from 1957
  • Release Me
    19

    Release Me

    1952 hit for Ray Price from an original 1946 song by Eddie Miller
  • Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
    20

    Kisses Sweeter Than Wine

    1957 Jimmie Rodgers song written by The Weavers.
  • Singing the Blues
    21

    Singing the Blues

    1956 hit for crooner Marty Robbins
  • Crazy Arms
    22

    Crazy Arms

    1952 Ray Price hit that spent 20 weeks on the chart.
  • Heartbreak Hotel
    23

    Heartbreak Hotel

    this 1956 Elvis hit was the King's first country-pop crossover hit.
  • A 1950 hit for Hank WIliams that topped the charts for weeks on end.
  • The Ballad of Davy Crockett
    25

    The Ballad of Davy Crockett

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