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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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Randy Travis
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izzymarkem added George Strait
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George Strait, Mike Figgis
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Johnny Lee
This 1980 hit from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack was a #1 hit.
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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
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Connor Reis added Hank Williams, Jr.
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Alabama
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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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AndrewWilkerson added George Strait
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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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Ronnie Milsap
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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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izzymarkem added George Strait
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iddiotmittens added Alabama
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Eddie Rabbitt
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Waylon Jennings
This 1980 song by Waylon Jennings was the theme song for Dukes of Hazzard
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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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sageantone added Keith Whitley
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sageantone added Mel McDaniel & Oklahoma Wind
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Christopher Searcy added Randy Travis