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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574 177
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Randy Travis

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711 225
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752 209
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620 221
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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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590 183
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Alabama

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515 163
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Johnny Lee - This 1980 hit from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack was a #1 hit.

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446 128
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AndrewWilkerson added George Strait

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451 132
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George Strait, Mike Figgis

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366 97
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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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371 80
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501 163
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Ronnie Milsap

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391 112
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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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432 137
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Eddie Rabbitt

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434 146
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331 96
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izzymarkem added George Strait

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336 99
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sageantone added Mel McDaniel & Oklahoma Wind

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366 117
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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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350 109
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Waylon Jennings - This 1980 song by Waylon Jennings was the theme song for Dukes of Hazzard

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279 78
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iddiotmittens added Alabama

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301 91
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izzymarkem added George Strait

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334 110
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268 56
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Connor Reis added Hank Williams, Jr.

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308 97
That's My Job is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans
-1457410752098 added Conway Twitty

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257 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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295 95
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Randy Travis - 1985 classic Randy Travis hit.

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175 32
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250 82
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sageantone added Keith Whitley

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200 63
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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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284 106
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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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215 67
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Christopher Searcy added Randy Travis

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339 142
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Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

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281 108
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The Judds - This 1983 song was a hit for The Judds and went to #1.

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219 54
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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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249 99
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Randy Travis - 1985 Randy Travis traditional country hit.

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279 112
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Oak Ridge Boys - The Oak Ridge Boys had a novelty hit in 1981 with this song.

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237 101
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sageantone added Kathy Mattea

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261 121
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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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257 99
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Ronnie Milsap - This 1980 song was another country corssover hit for Ronnnie Milsap.

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226 99
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The Judds - This 1984 song from The Judds was also a Grammy winner

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212 89
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sageantone added Don Williams

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226 104
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iddiotmittens added Sylvia

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197 92
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Alabama - This 1980 hit from Alabama was the first of their 40 #1 singles

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127 28
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bassdaddy added Clint Black

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234 101
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Ronnie Milsap - This 1980 song was a hit and crossover tune for Ronnie Milsap.

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133 37
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178 76
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Christopher Searcy added Willie Nelson, Ray Charles

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209 99
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Rosanne Cash - A sad song about forgeting marriage troubles by Roseanne Cash in 1981

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207 130
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This 1980 song was a #1 hit from the movie Urban Cowboy

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187 96
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Ronnie Milsap - This song was a hit for Ronnie Milsap in 1982.