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 Amarillo by Morning George Strait

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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Fishin' in the Dark Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

356 97
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Mountain Music Alabama

305 88
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Forever and Ever, Amen Randy Travis

324 94
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Lookin’ for Love Johnny Lee - This 1980 hit from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack was a #1 hit.

269 71
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All My Ex's Live in Texas George Strait, Mike Figgis

272 74
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AndrewWilkerson added Ocean Front Property George Strait

313 94
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Smoky Mountain Rain Ronnie Milsap

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I Love a Rainy Night Eddie Rabbitt

164 30
If You're Gonna Play in Texas ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans
Christopher Searcy added If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band) 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

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sageantone added Louisiana Saturday Night Mel McDaniel & Oklahoma Wind

Child Actors Who Tragically Died Young

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Always on My Mind Willie Nelson - Willie Nelson's 1982 version became on the most successful versions of this popular song. 

181 48
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izzymarkem added The Chair George Strait

206 63
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Good Ol' Boys Waylon Jennings - This 1980 song by Waylon Jennings was the theme song for Dukes of Hazzard

214 73
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162 39
If Tomorrow Never Comes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans
Christopher Searcy added If Tomorrow Never Comes 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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God Bless the USA Lee Greenwood - This song is always holding country song but was originally a hit for Greenwood in 1984

166 48
That's My Job is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans
-1457410752098 added That's My Job Conway Twitty

Great Country Songs About Falling in Love

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Islands in the Stream Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

163 51
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izzymarkem added The Cowboy Rides Away George Strait

174 58
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On the Road Again This 198 WIllie Nelson tune is #471 on Rolling Stone's top 500 songs of all time.

166 54
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On the Other Hand Randy Travis - 1985 classic Randy Travis hit.

129 33
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iddiotmittens added Song Of The South Alabama

140 44
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sageantone added I'm No Stranger to the Rain Keith Whitley

167 51
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I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World Ronnie Milsap - This 1980 song was another country corssover hit for Ronnnie Milsap.

The Best Country Songs About Gambling

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Elvira Oak Ridge Boys - The Oak Ridge Boys had a novelty hit in 1981 with this song.

102 17
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Connor Reis added A Country Boy Can Survive - Hank WIlliams Jr. Hank Williams, Jr.

157 60
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Mama, He’s Crazy The Judds - This 1983 song was a hit for The Judds and went to #1.

142 51
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sageantone added Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses Kathy Mattea

140 53
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Diggin' Up Bones Randy Travis - 1985 Randy Travis traditional country hit.

100 25
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Christopher Searcy added I Told You So Randy Travis

98 24
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Christopher Searcy added Deeper Than the Holler Randy Travis - Released in November 1988, Deeper Than the Holler became the eigth #1 single for Randy Travis and his sixth consecutive chart topper.

Musical Movies With the Best Songs

107 25
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Christopher Searcy added Don't Close Your Eyes 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

98 21
Dixieland Delight is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans
Christopher Searcy added Dixieland Delight Alabama - Alabama's Dixieland Delight, released in 1983, became the super group's 9th straight #1 hit

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There’s No Getting’ Over Me Ronnie Milsap - This 1980 song was a hit and crossover tune for Ronnie Milsap.

125 51
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Tennessee River Alabama - This 1980 hit from Alabama was the first of their 40 #1 singles

154 72
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9 to 5 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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Why Not Me The Judds - This 1984 song from The Judds was also a Grammy winner

114 45
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sageantone added Lord I Hope This Day Is Good Don Williams

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Seven Year Ache Rosanne Cash - A sad song about forgeting marriage troubles by Roseanne Cash in 1981

122 53
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Any Day Now Ronnie Milsap - This song was a hit for Ronnie Milsap in 1982.

111 53
Nobody is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans
iddiotmittens added Nobody Sylvia

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Christopher Searcy added Seven Spanish Angels Willie Nelson, Ray Charles

133 81
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Could I Have This Dance This 1980 song was a #1 hit from the movie Urban Cowboy

72 30
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Christopher Searcy added Two Dozen Roses Shenandoah - Two Dozen Roses was released in August 1989 and became Shenandoah's third #1 single of their career and third of 1989.

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iddiotmittens added Queen Of Hearts Juice Newton

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Christopher Searcy added Lady Kenny Rogers