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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528 161
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Randy Travis

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656 207
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560 165
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Alabama

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705 192
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582 204
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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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485 147
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Johnny Lee - This 1980 hit from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack was a #1 hit.

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424 124
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George Strait, Mike Figgis

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344 68
If You're Gonna Play in Texas ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans
Christopher Searcy added Alabama -

Released in 1984, If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band) was Alabama's 14th straight #1 hit and one of five #1's from Roll On

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410 120
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AndrewWilkerson added George Strait

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472 150
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Ronnie Milsap

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365 101
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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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335 89
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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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402 124
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Eddie Rabbitt

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413 133
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342 103
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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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328 97
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Waylon Jennings - This 1980 song by Waylon Jennings was the theme song for Dukes of Hazzard

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303 86
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izzymarkem added George Strait

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309 91
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sageantone added Mel McDaniel & Oklahoma Wind

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262 67
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iddiotmittens added Alabama

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277 82
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izzymarkem added George Strait

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286 88
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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240 47
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Connor Reis added Hank Williams, Jr.

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232 47
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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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230 72
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sageantone added Keith Whitley

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149 24
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267 88
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Randy Travis - 1985 classic Randy Travis hit.

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274 95
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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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187 55
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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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323 130
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Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

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196 55
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Christopher Searcy added Randy Travis

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267 98
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Oak Ridge Boys - The Oak Ridge Boys had a novelty hit in 1981 with this song.

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266 98
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The Judds - This 1983 song was a hit for The Judds and went to #1.

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200 43
Dixieland Delight is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans
Christopher Searcy added Alabama -

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

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233 89
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Randy Travis - 1985 Randy Travis traditional country hit.

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226 88
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sageantone added Kathy Mattea

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248 109
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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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195 76
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sageantone added Don Williams

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241 90
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Ronnie Milsap - This 1980 song was another country corssover hit for Ronnnie Milsap.

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211 90
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The Judds - This 1984 song from The Judds was also a Grammy winner

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192 79
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Alabama - This 1980 hit from Alabama was the first of their 40 #1 singles

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207 96
Nobody is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans
iddiotmittens added Sylvia

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221 90
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Ronnie Milsap - This 1980 song was a hit and crossover tune for Ronnie Milsap.

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111 23
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bassdaddy added Clint Black

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168 63
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Christopher Searcy added Willie Nelson, Ray Charles

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113 28
I Believe in You- Don Williams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans

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194 87
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Rosanne Cash - A sad song about forgeting marriage troubles by Roseanne Cash in 1981

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199 119
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This 1980 song was a #1 hit from the movie Urban Cowboy

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137 70
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iddiotmittens added Juice Newton