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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660 209
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Randy Travis
2
861 238
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izzymarkem added George Strait
3
786 252
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4
692 253
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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
5
825 225
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6
548 181
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Johnny Lee
This 1980 hit from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack was a #1 hit.
7
646 199
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Alabama
8
429 91
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9
496 148
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George Strait, Mike Figgis
10
486 143
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AndrewWilkerson added George Strait
11
441 125
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Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson's 1982 version became on the most successful versions of this popular song. 
12
547 179
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Ronnie Milsap
13
405 116
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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

14
467 149
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Eddie Rabbitt
15
397 120
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Waylon Jennings
This 1980 song by Waylon Jennings was the theme song for Dukes of Hazzard
16
477 163
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17
412 133
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Lee Greenwood
This song is always holding country song but was originally a hit for Greenwood in 1984
18
219 38
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19
368 110
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izzymarkem added George Strait
20
288 90
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sageantone added Keith Whitley
21
366 115
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sageantone added Mel McDaniel & Oklahoma Wind
22
337 99
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izzymarkem added George Strait
23
309 68
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Connor Reis added Hank Williams, Jr.
24
296 63
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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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315 94
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iddiotmittens added Alabama