70s The Best Country Songs From the 70s  

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List Rules Vote up and add all of your favorite country songs from the 1970s.

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

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261 93
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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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252 92
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The song was a 1971 hit for pride and was inspired by the songwriter Ben Peters' wife and daughter.

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285 112
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John Denver - This 1971 song was a love song to the country and a hit for John Denver

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245 98
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This 1970 hit for Conway Twitty spent a month at #1 and is in the grammy hall of fame.

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89 14
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Rich Aldrich added Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson

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211 82
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This 1970 tune is Loretta Lynn's biography set to music.

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237 100
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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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165 61
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Charlie Rich - Some people might not like PDA but what goes on behind close doors is sacred.

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161 60
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This '70s tune is about two people who come from different places but find themselves to be perfect together.

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139 47
Jolene (Originally Performed B... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 70s
Connor Reis added It's a Cover Up

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134 47
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Randy Ferchuk added Lynn Anderson -

Lynn Anderson

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189 82
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This Charlie Rich song is a tearful piano-driven tune

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177 75
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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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131 46
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Connor Reis added Tanya Tucker

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140 59
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A sorrowful song about love gone wrong by Crystal Gayle in 1977

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197 98
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This 1975 hit for Campbell was a song about Broadway stars and musicians.

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141 62
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This Kenny Rogers tune was a hit for 'The Gambler' in 1979

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145 67
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This 1973 song was a hit for Vicki Lawrence

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131 58
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Dolly Parton - This 1977 song was a country hit for Dolly Parton

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97 35
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Seth Notes added David Allan Coe

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55 9
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Paul Humphries added Waylon Jennings

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134 64
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This upbeat tune was a hit for John Denver in 1975

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119 57
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Don Williams song about coming to recognize a feeling of love.

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112 57
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This 1977 Glen Campbell song was written by Alan Toussaint

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129 73
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C.W. McCall - This 1975 song was a smash hit for McCall and inspired a Kris Kristofferson movie

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49 12
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Darian G. Burns added Hank Williams, Jr.

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107 59
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This 1972 song was a hit for Mac Davis

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96 55
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This romantic song is a Conway Twitty classic

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40 10
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Darian G. Burns added Willie Nelson

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105 67
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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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66 41
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Christopher Searcy added George Jones -

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

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81 55
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From Ronnie Milsap this song is a playful and devout love song.

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31 10
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Chuck Walter added Dolly Parton

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82 57
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This Marty Robbins song is about a man and how special his wife is.

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72 49
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cubguy added Olivia Newton-John -

1973 hit for Olivia Newton-John

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83 60
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This song was a hit for John Denver in 1974

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78 60
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This song was a hit for Ann Murray in 1978 and was also recoreded by Tammy Wynette

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26 13
Before The Next Teardrop Falls is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 70s
Rodney Lay Jr. added Freddy Fender -

This record was both a number one country record and reached #1 on the Hot 100 in 1975.

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28 17
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Chuck Walter added Tanya Tucker

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23 13
Wolf Creek Pass is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 70s
TedR added C.W. McCall -

a song about a journey with some chickens

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75 66
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A song about a woman who restores love

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46 38
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Merle Haggard

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73 70
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Debby Boone - 1977 song from Debbie Boone that won an academy award

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15 11
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Rodney Lay Jr. added 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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69 71
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This Donna Fargo song is a love letter to her funny-faced country man

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64 66
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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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Rich Aldrich added Emmilou Harris

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2 1
'Til I Can Make It On My Own is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Country Songs From the 70s
Bryant Rains added