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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izzymarkem added Amarillo by Morning George Strait

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Forever and Ever, Amen Randy Travis

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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Fishin' in the Dark Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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Mountain Music Alabama

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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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AndrewWilkerson added Ocean Front Property George Strait

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Smoky Mountain Rain Ronnie Milsap

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

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If You're Gonna Play in Texas ... is listed (or ranked) 11 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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I Love a Rainy Night Eddie Rabbitt

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If Tomorrow Never Comes is listed (or ranked) 13 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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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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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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izzymarkem added The Chair George Strait

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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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sageantone added Louisiana Saturday Night Mel McDaniel & Oklahoma Wind

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iddiotmittens added Song Of The South Alabama

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izzymarkem added The Cowboy Rides Away George Strait

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That's My Job is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans
-1457410752098 added That's My Job Conway Twitty

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

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

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

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Islands in the Stream Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

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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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Christopher Searcy added I Told You So Randy Travis

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

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

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Dixieland Delight is listed (or ranked) 36 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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sageantone added Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses Kathy Mattea

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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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sageantone added Lord I Hope This Day Is Good Don Williams

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

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Why Not Me The Judds - This 1984 song from The Judds was also a Grammy winner

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Nobody is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans
iddiotmittens added Nobody Sylvia

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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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bassdaddy added Killin' Time Clint Black

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Christopher Searcy added Seven Spanish Angels Willie Nelson, Ray Charles

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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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I Believe in You- Don Williams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans

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iddiotmittens added Queen Of Hearts Juice Newton

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