Country Songs 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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620 188
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Randy Travis

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753 242
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4
793 220
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5
659 237
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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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619 193
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Alabama

7
534 172
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Johnny Lee
This 1980 hit from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack was a #1 hit.

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468 137
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AndrewWilkerson added George Strait

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475 140
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George Strait, Mike Figgis

10
399 88
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418 120
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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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526 173
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Ronnie Milsap

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386 109
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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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453 142
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Eddie Rabbitt

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380 113
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Waylon Jennings
This 1980 song by Waylon Jennings was the theme song for Dukes of Hazzard

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457 153
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353 105
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izzymarkem added George Strait

18
391 126
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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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353 107
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sageantone added Mel McDaniel & Oklahoma Wind

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201 35
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322 97
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izzymarkem added George Strait

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290 62
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Connor Reis added Hank Williams, Jr.

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298 87
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iddiotmittens added Alabama

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280 60
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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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328 105
That's My Job is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans
-1457410752098 added Conway Twitty