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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673 220
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Randy Travis
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807 258
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560 189
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Johnny Lee
This 1980 hit from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack was a #1 hit.
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704 257
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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
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835 228
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495 147
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AndrewWilkerson added George Strait
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503 154
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George Strait, Mike Figgis
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660 205
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Alabama
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443 94
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451 130
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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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373 113
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izzymarkem added George Strait
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557 182
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Ronnie Milsap
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418 119
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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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479 153
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Eddie Rabbitt
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406 120
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Waylon Jennings
This 1980 song by Waylon Jennings was the theme song for Dukes of Hazzard
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230 39
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486 167
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319 70
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Connor Reis added Hank Williams, Jr.
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418 140
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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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294 92
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sageantone added Keith Whitley
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343 103
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izzymarkem added George Strait
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305 66
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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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326 97
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iddiotmittens added Alabama
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370 120
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sageantone added Mel McDaniel & Oklahoma Wind