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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531 161
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Randy Travis

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658 207
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706 193
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561 167
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Alabama

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487 147
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Johnny Lee - This 1980 hit from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack was a #1 hit.

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585 206
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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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425 124
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George Strait, Mike Figgis

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346 68
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411 120
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AndrewWilkerson added George Strait

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472 150
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Ronnie Milsap

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366 101
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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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337 89
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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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403 124
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Eddie Rabbitt

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413 133
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345 104
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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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328 97
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Waylon Jennings - This 1980 song by Waylon Jennings was the theme song for Dukes of Hazzard

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305 86
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izzymarkem added George Strait

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311 91
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sageantone added Mel McDaniel & Oklahoma Wind

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262 67
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iddiotmittens added Alabama

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277 82
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izzymarkem added George Strait

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287 88
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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309 101
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242 47
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Connor Reis added Hank Williams, Jr.

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233 47
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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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231 72
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151 24
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269 88
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Randy Travis - 1985 classic Randy Travis hit.

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274 95
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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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187 55
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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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325 130
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Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

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197 55
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Christopher Searcy added Randy Travis

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268 98
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The Judds - This 1983 song was a hit for The Judds and went to #1.

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201 43
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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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268 99
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Oak Ridge Boys - The Oak Ridge Boys had a novelty hit in 1981 with this song.

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233 89
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Randy Travis - 1985 Randy Travis traditional country hit.

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226 88
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sageantone added Kathy Mattea

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248 109
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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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196 76
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sageantone added Don Williams

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242 90
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Ronnie Milsap - This 1980 song was another country corssover hit for Ronnnie Milsap.

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213 90
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The Judds - This 1984 song from The Judds was also a Grammy winner

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192 79
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Alabama - This 1980 hit from Alabama was the first of their 40 #1 singles

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210 96
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iddiotmittens added Sylvia

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222 90
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Ronnie Milsap - This 1980 song was a hit and crossover tune for Ronnie Milsap.

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111 23
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bassdaddy added Clint Black

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168 63
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Christopher Searcy added Willie Nelson, Ray Charles

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114 28
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195 87
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Rosanne Cash - A sad song about forgeting marriage troubles by Roseanne Cash in 1981

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200 119
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This 1980 song was a #1 hit from the movie Urban Cowboy

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137 70
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iddiotmittens added Juice Newton