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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Randy Travis

2
727 215
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izzymarkem added George Strait

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674 212
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4
571 169
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Alabama

5
595 209
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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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720 198
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492 152
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Johnny Lee - This 1980 hit from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack was a #1 hit.

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419 120
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AndrewWilkerson added George Strait

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431 125
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George Strait, Mike Figgis

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351 71
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476 152
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Ronnie Milsap

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370 103
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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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342 90
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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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411 127
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Eddie Rabbitt

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419 134
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314 88
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izzymarkem added George Strait

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349 108
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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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332 99
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Waylon Jennings - This 1980 song by Waylon Jennings was the theme song for Dukes of Hazzard

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315 94
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sageantone added Mel McDaniel & Oklahoma Wind

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265 70
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iddiotmittens added Alabama

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250 48
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Connor Reis added Hank Williams, Jr.

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281 83
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izzymarkem added George Strait

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292 89
That's My Job is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans
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241 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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315 104
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157 25
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237 74
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sageantone added Keith Whitley

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278 89
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Randy Travis - 1985 classic Randy Travis hit.

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275 96
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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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191 56
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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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203 57
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Christopher Searcy added Randy Travis

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208 45
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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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329 133
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Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

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273 100
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The Judds - This 1983 song was a hit for The Judds and went to #1.

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237 90
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Randy Travis - 1985 Randy Travis traditional country hit.

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269 101
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Oak Ridge Boys - The Oak Ridge Boys had a novelty hit in 1981 with this song.

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227 92
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sageantone added Kathy Mattea

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250 112
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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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201 79
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sageantone added Don Williams

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245 91
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Ronnie Milsap - This 1980 song was another country corssover hit for Ronnnie Milsap.

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216 91
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The Judds - This 1984 song from The Judds was also a Grammy winner

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195 81
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Alabama - This 1980 hit from Alabama was the first of their 40 #1 singles

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213 98
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iddiotmittens added Sylvia

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225 92
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Ronnie Milsap - This 1980 song was a hit and crossover tune for Ronnie Milsap.

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121 29
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113 24
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bassdaddy added Clint Black

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170 66
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Christopher Searcy added Willie Nelson, Ray Charles

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197 90
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Rosanne Cash - A sad song about forgeting marriage troubles by Roseanne Cash in 1981

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200 121
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This 1980 song was a #1 hit from the movie Urban Cowboy

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139 73
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iddiotmittens added Juice Newton