Country Music The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans  

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List Rules Vote up and add all of your favorite country songs from the 1980s.

Country music is one of the most popular genres of music  and has been for decades. The '80s in particular was a great time for country music and many hits came from that era. Classic country songs such as Amarillo by Morning and 9 to 5 are from the 1980s and have paved the way for '90s country music. 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.

1980s country music is steeped in the history of the 1960's and the 1970's country scene as many top country artists of the time enjoyed enormous popularity through multiple decades. Dolly Parton for instance started out in the mid-1960s and remains popular to this day. In fact, her 1987 country album Trio marked a return to fame after spending 5 weeks at the top of Billboard's Country Albums chart.

Aside from Dolly, this list of '80s country hits also features songs from top classic country artists such as Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, The Judds, and Willie Nelson. So if you're a fan of country music, vote up what you think are the best '80s country songs, or add a song if it isn't already on the list!

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izzymarkem added George Strait

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579 178
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Randy Travis

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716 225
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757 209
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625 222
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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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592 185
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Alabama

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517 165
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Johnny Lee - This 1980 hit from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack was a #1 hit.

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448 130
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AndrewWilkerson added George Strait

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453 134
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George Strait, Mike Figgis

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505 164
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Ronnie Milsap

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368 100
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Christopher Searcy added Garth Brooks -

Released in August of 1989, If Tomorrow Never Comes became Garth Brooks' first #1 hit and spent 26 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Chart

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373 82
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394 113
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Willie Nelson - Willie Nelson's 1982 version became on the most successful versions of this popular song. 

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436 138
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Eddie Rabbitt

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438 147
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334 97
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izzymarkem added George Strait

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338 101
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sageantone added Mel McDaniel & Oklahoma Wind

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352 111
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Waylon Jennings - This 1980 song by Waylon Jennings was the theme song for Dukes of Hazzard

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367 120
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Lee Greenwood - This song is always holding country song but was originally a hit for Greenwood in 1984

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304 92
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izzymarkem added George Strait

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280 80
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iddiotmittens added Alabama

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311 97
That's My Job is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans
-1457410752098 added Conway Twitty

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270 57
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Connor Reis added Hank Williams, Jr.

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335 112
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260 56
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Christopher Searcy added Keith Whitley -

Recorded in 1987 and released in early 1988, Don't Close Your Eyes became the first #1 hit from Keith Whitley and the first of five straight #1 hits

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178 32
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297 96
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Randy Travis - 1985 classic Randy Travis hit.

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253 82
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sageantone added Keith Whitley

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202 64
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Christopher Searcy added Randy Travis -

Released in November 1988, Deeper Than the Holler became the eigth #1 single for Randy Travis and his sixth consecutive chart topper.

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286 107
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This 198 WIllie Nelson tune is #471 on Rolling Stone's top 500 songs of all time.

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217 68
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Christopher Searcy added Randy Travis

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341 143
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Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

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283 109
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The Judds - This 1983 song was a hit for The Judds and went to #1.

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251 100
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Randy Travis - 1985 Randy Travis traditional country hit.

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220 56
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Christopher Searcy added Alabama -

Alabama's Dixieland Delight, released in 1983, became the super group's 9th straight #1 hit

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281 113
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Oak Ridge Boys - The Oak Ridge Boys had a novelty hit in 1981 with this song.

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238 103
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sageantone added Kathy Mattea

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263 122
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Dolly Parton - This Dolly Parton song was the accompanying song for her similarly titled movie in 1980. A working woman's anthem!

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260 100
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Ronnie Milsap - This 1980 song was another country corssover hit for Ronnnie Milsap.

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229 100
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The Judds - This 1984 song from The Judds was also a Grammy winner

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214 90
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sageantone added Don Williams

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227 106
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iddiotmittens added Sylvia

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238 101
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Ronnie Milsap - This 1980 song was a hit and crossover tune for Ronnie Milsap.

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199 94
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Alabama - This 1980 hit from Alabama was the first of their 40 #1 singles

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128 30
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bassdaddy added Clint Black

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135 38
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180 77
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Christopher Searcy added Willie Nelson, Ray Charles

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209 102
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Rosanne Cash - A sad song about forgeting marriage troubles by Roseanne Cash in 1981

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208 132
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This 1980 song was a #1 hit from the movie Urban Cowboy

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189 98
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Ronnie Milsap - This song was a hit for Ronnie Milsap in 1982.