Country Music The Best Country Songs From the 70s  

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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 1970s that have paved the way for other, more current artists. Country songs are steeped in Americana and tell the story of ordinary, hard working, hard drinking, and long suffering people just like many of us. Some of the best songs came from the 1950's and the 1960's as well. 

 

These are songs from top classic country artists such as John Denver, Glen Campbell, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton. Vote up the greatest 1970s country songs, or add a song that makes you love '70s country music if it isn't already on the list.

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Rich Aldrich added Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson

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The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band - This mainstream country hit was a smash with its fiddle-playing for the band in 1979 

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Good Hearted Woman The song inspired by Ike and Tina Turner was done as a duet b Willie Nelson and Waylon Jenninings in 1976.

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Kiss An Angel Good Morning The song was a 1971 hit for pride and was inspired by the songwriter Ben Peters' wife and daughter.

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Hello Darlin This 1970 hit for Conway Twitty spent a month at #1 and is in the grammy hall of fame.

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Coal Miner’s Daughter This 1970 tune is Loretta Lynn's biography set to music.

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Take Me Home Country Roads John Denver - This 1971 song was a love song to the country and a hit for John Denver

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The Gambler Kenny Rogers - Kenny Rogers recorded this hit in 1978 two years after it had been recorded by Bon Schlitz but failed to make a mark on the public.

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Behind Closed Doors Charlie Rich - Some people might not like PDA but what goes on behind close doors is sacred.

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Jolene (Originally Performed B... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 70s
Connor Reis added Jolene (Originally Performed By Dolly Parton) It's a Cover Up

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Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man This '70s tune is about two people who come from different places but find themselves to be perfect together.

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Connor Reis added Delta Dawn Tanya Tucker

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The Most Beautiful Girl This Charlie Rich song is a tearful piano-driven tune

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Randy Ferchuk added Rose Garden Lynn Anderson - Lynn Anderson

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I Will Always Love You Dolly's goodbye song to former partner Porter Wagoner as she left to pursue a successful solo career. A country classic from 1974 

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Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue A sorrowful song about love gone wrong by Crystal Gayle in 1977

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The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia This 1973 song was a hit for Vicki Lawrence

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Coward of the County This Kenny Rogers tune was a hit for 'The Gambler' in 1979

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Rhinestone Cowboy This 1975 hit for Campbell was a song about Broadway stars and musicians.

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Seth Notes added You Never Even Called Me by My Name David Allan Coe

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Here You Come Again Dolly Parton - This 1977 song was a country hit for Dolly Parton

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Thank God I'm a Country Boy This upbeat tune was a hit for John Denver in 1975

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It Must Be Love Don Williams song about coming to recognize a feeling of love.

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Southern Nights This 1977 Glen Campbell song was written by Alan Toussaint

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Paul Humphries added Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) Waylon Jennings

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Convoy C.W. McCall - This 1975 song was a smash hit for McCall and inspired a Kris Kristofferson movie

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Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me This 1972 song was a hit for Mac Davis

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You've Never Been This Far Before This romantic song is a Conway Twitty classic

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Rose Colored Glasses The 1978 was the first hit for John Conlee and peaked at #5 on the charts. It went onto launch his career.

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My Woman, My Woman, My Wife This Marty Robbins song is about a man and how special his wife is.

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Christopher Searcy added The Grand Tour George Jones - George Jones', The Grand Tour, reached #1 in 1974 becoming his 5th chart topping single.

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Darian G. Burns added A Country Boy Can Survive Hank Williams, Jr.

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cubguy added Let Me Be There Olivia Newton-John - 1973 hit for Olivia Newton-John

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Annie's Song (acoustic mix) This song was a hit for John Denver in 1974

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Pure Love From Ronnie Milsap this song is a playful and devout love song.

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You Needed Me This song was a hit for Ann Murray in 1978 and was also recoreded by Tammy Wynette

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Darian G. Burns added Always on My Mind Willie Nelson

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Chuck Walter added Would You Lay With Me (in a Field of Stone) Tanya Tucker

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Always Wanting You Merle Haggard

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Chuck Walter added Here You Come Again Dolly Parton

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What a Difference You've Made in My Life A song about a woman who restores love

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Wolf Creek Pass is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 70s
TedR added Wolf Creek Pass C.W. McCall - a song about a journey with some chickens

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Before The Next Teardrop Falls is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 70s
Rodney Lay Jr. added Before The Next Teardrop Falls Freddy Fender - This record was both a number one country record and reached #1 on the Hot 100 in 1975.

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You Light Up My Life Debby Boone - 1977 song from Debbie Boone that won an academy award

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Rich Aldrich added Making Believe Emmilou Harris

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Funny Face This Donna Fargo song is a love letter to her funny-faced country man

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You Decorated My Life This Kenny Rogers song is a declarative song of absolute love about a man who was lost until his woman decorated his life.

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Rodney Lay Jr. added Country Bumpkin Cal Smith - This #1 hit from 1974 received Song of the Year Awards from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.

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Lovin' On Back Streets is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 70s
Rodney Lay Jr. added Lovin' On Back Streets Mel Street - The second of 3 Top 10 singles for Mel Street, often cited as George Jones' favorite country singer.