country music The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans  

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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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Forever and Ever, Amen Randy Travis

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538 162
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izzymarkem added Amarillo by Morning George Strait

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456 130
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Mountain Music Alabama

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484 168
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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Fishin' in the Dark Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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402 120
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Lookin’ for Love Johnny Lee - This 1980 hit from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack was a #1 hit.

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594 169
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355 106
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All My Ex's Live in Texas George Strait, Mike Figgis

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265 48
If You're Gonna Play in Texas ... is listed (or ranked) 9 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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382 121
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Smoky Mountain Rain Ronnie Milsap

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332 100
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AndrewWilkerson added Ocean Front Property George Strait

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291 82
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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. 

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339 109
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I Love a Rainy Night Eddie Rabbitt

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247 64
If Tomorrow Never Comes is listed (or ranked) 14 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

Child Actors Who Tragically Died Young

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337 114
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251 71
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sageantone added Louisiana Saturday Night Mel McDaniel & Oklahoma Wind

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243 67
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izzymarkem added The Chair George Strait

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271 84
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Good Ol' Boys Waylon Jennings - This 1980 song by Waylon Jennings was the theme song for Dukes of Hazzard

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271 89
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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

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199 51
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iddiotmittens added Song Of The South Alabama

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228 69
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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259 91
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229 74
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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.

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189 59
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sageantone added I'm No Stranger to the Rain Keith Whitley

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216 69
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izzymarkem added The Cowboy Rides Away George Strait

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220 74
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On the Other Hand Randy Travis - 1985 classic Randy Travis hit.

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177 35
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Connor Reis added A Country Boy Can Survive - Hank WIlliams Jr. Hank Williams, Jr.

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226 81
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Elvira Oak Ridge Boys - The Oak Ridge Boys had a novelty hit in 1981 with this song.

The Best Country Songs About Women

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281 117
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Islands in the Stream Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

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217 82
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Mama, He’s Crazy The Judds - This 1983 song was a hit for The Judds and went to #1.

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141 42
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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.

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192 76
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Diggin' Up Bones Randy Travis - 1985 Randy Travis traditional country hit.

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165 38
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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

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146 42
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Christopher Searcy added I Told You So Randy Travis

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152 34
Dixieland Delight is listed (or ranked) 35 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

Essential Brands For Your Hipster Lifestyle

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191 73
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sageantone added Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses Kathy Mattea

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168 63
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Tennessee River Alabama - This 1980 hit from Alabama was the first of their 40 #1 singles

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206 76
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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.

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206 95
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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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89 16
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178 80
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Why Not Me The Judds - This 1984 song from The Judds was also a Grammy winner

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158 66
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sageantone added Lord I Hope This Day Is Good Don Williams

Every Song in Matilda, Ranked by Singability

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182 81
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There’s No Getting’ Over Me Ronnie Milsap - This 1980 song was a hit and crossover tune for Ronnie Milsap.

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156 79
Nobody is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans
iddiotmittens added Nobody Sylvia

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129 55
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Christopher Searcy added Seven Spanish Angels Willie Nelson, Ray Charles

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75 15
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bassdaddy added Killin' Time Clint Black

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152 77
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Any Day Now Ronnie Milsap - This song was a hit for Ronnie Milsap in 1982.

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164 107
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Could I Have This Dance This 1980 song was a #1 hit from the movie Urban Cowboy

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155 83
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Seven Year Ache Rosanne Cash - A sad song about forgeting marriage troubles by Roseanne Cash in 1981

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110 50
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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.