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.
- 1959 hit for Marty Robbins that featured a Spanish guitar and is an ode to the city of its title.
Your Cheatin’ HeartThis sad, loverlorn song is another hit from Hank Williams from 1952.
The Battle of New Orleans1959 hit for Johnny Horton that tells of the 1815 battle of new orleans from the perspective of an American Soldier.
Cold, Cold HeartA 1951 classic ballad from Hank Williams that proved to be a popular radio play.
Heartaches by the NumberAnother classic 1950s hit from Ray Price
Hey, Good LookinThis 1951 hit from Hank WIlliams was one in a line of jukebox hits for the country singer throughout the '50s
I Walk the LineThis love song to June Carter is a classic '50s hit from Johnny Cash that is stark, epic, and lovelorn.
JambalayaPopular 1952 hit from Hank Williams that was an old to the creole concoction
Walkin’ After MidnightThis 1950s hit from Patsy Cline peaked at #2 on the charts and essentially launched her storied country career.
Oh Lonesome Me1958 Don Gibson hit that would go on to be re-recorded by other like Ray Charles
I’m Moving OnThe 1950 hit that launched Hank Snow's career in country music.
Tennessee Waltz1950 hit by Patty Page that would become that state's official song in the 1960s.
Sixteen TonsA 1955 hit about the difficult days in the coal mine.
It Wasn't Go Who Made Honky Tonk Angelsthis 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 Go1959 Jim reeves hit written by Joe and Audrey Allison
A White Sport CoatA 1957 country hit for Marty Robbins
White Lightning1955 George Jones hit about moonshine
Release Me1952 hit for Ray Price from an original 1946 song by Eddie Miller
Singing the Blues1956 hit for crooner Marty Robbins
Heartbreak Hotelthis 1956 Elvis hit was the King's first country-pop crossover hit.
Crazy Arms1952 Ray Price hit that spent 20 weeks on the chart.
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine1957 Jimmie Rodgers song written by The Weavers.
Great Balls of FireInfectious song from the country-pop corssover aritsi Jerry Lee Lewis from 1957
- A 1950 hit for Hank WIliams that topped the charts for weeks on end.
The Wild Side of LifeThis Hank Thompson #1 smash was a hit in 1952