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

Ranker Music
Originally by
25.6k votes 3.8k voters 270k views 88 items

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!

list ordered by

1
690 202
Ranker Video
izzymarkem added George Strait

2
647 203
Ranker Video

3
517 158
Ranker Video
Randy Travis

4
551 161
Ranker Video
Alabama

5
573 198
Ranker Video
datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

6
477 142
Ranker Video
Johnny Lee - This 1980 hit from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack was a #1 hit.

7
693 191
Ranker Video

8
416 123
Ranker Video
George Strait, Mike Figgis

9
361 97
Ranker Video
Willie Nelson - Willie Nelson's 1982 version became on the most successful versions of this popular song. 

10
403 118
Ranker Video
AndrewWilkerson added George Strait

11
464 148
Ranker Video
Ronnie Milsap

12
333 66
If You're Gonna Play in Texas ... is listed (or ranked) 12 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

13
396 120
Ranker Video
Eddie Rabbitt

14
329 87
If Tomorrow Never Comes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans
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

15
405 131
Ranker Video

16
337 101
Ranker Video
Lee Greenwood - This song is always holding country song but was originally a hit for Greenwood in 1984

17
322 95
Ranker Video
Waylon Jennings - This 1980 song by Waylon Jennings was the theme song for Dukes of Hazzard

18
254 64
Ranker Video
iddiotmittens added Alabama

19
292 85
Ranker Video
izzymarkem added George Strait

20
301 90
Ranker Video
sageantone added Mel McDaniel & Oklahoma Wind

21
303 98
Ranker Video

22
280 86
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

23
270 81
Ranker Video
izzymarkem added George Strait

24
226 44
Ranker Video
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

25
230 46
Ranker Video
Connor Reis added Hank Williams, Jr.

26
224 68
Ranker Video
sageantone added Keith Whitley

27
271 90
Ranker Video
This 198 WIllie Nelson tune is #471 on Rolling Stone's top 500 songs of all time.

28
260 87
Ranker Video
Randy Travis - 1985 classic Randy Travis hit.

29
142 23
Ranker Video

30
184 52
Ranker Video
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.

31
318 128
Ranker Video
Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

32
262 96
Ranker Video
Oak Ridge Boys - The Oak Ridge Boys had a novelty hit in 1981 with this song.

33
189 53
Ranker Video
Christopher Searcy added Randy Travis

34
230 87
Ranker Video
Randy Travis - 1985 Randy Travis traditional country hit.

35
257 97
Ranker Video
The Judds - This 1983 song was a hit for The Judds and went to #1.

36
192 43
Dixieland Delight is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
222 85
Ranker Video
sageantone added Kathy Mattea

38
244 106
Ranker Video
Dolly Parton - This Dolly Parton song was the accompanying song for her similarly titled movie in 1980. A working woman's anthem!

39
192 75
Ranker Video
sageantone added Don Williams

40
237 88
Ranker Video
Ronnie Milsap - This 1980 song was another country corssover hit for Ronnnie Milsap.

41
208 89
Ranker Video
The Judds - This 1984 song from The Judds was also a Grammy winner

42
190 77
Ranker Video
Alabama - This 1980 hit from Alabama was the first of their 40 #1 singles

43
203 93
Nobody is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans
iddiotmittens added Sylvia

44
217 87
Ranker Video
Ronnie Milsap - This 1980 song was a hit and crossover tune for Ronnie Milsap.

45
107 22
Ranker Video
bassdaddy added Clint Black

46
111 26
I Believe in You- Don Williams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans

47
163 63
Ranker Video
Christopher Searcy added Willie Nelson, Ray Charles

48
190 85
Ranker Video
Rosanne Cash - A sad song about forgeting marriage troubles by Roseanne Cash in 1981

49
132 66
Ranker Video
iddiotmittens added Juice Newton

50
193 117
Ranker Video
This 1980 song was a #1 hit from the movie Urban Cowboy