Country Songs 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 George Strait

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595 183
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Randy Travis

3
731 234
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642 228
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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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772 214
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602 190
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Alabama

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522 168
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Johnny Lee - This 1980 hit from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack was a #1 hit.

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452 133
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AndrewWilkerson added George Strait

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461 137
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George Strait, Mike Figgis

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515 166
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Ronnie Milsap

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407 115
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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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383 84
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376 103
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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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442 140
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Eddie Rabbitt

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448 150
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364 111
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Waylon Jennings - This 1980 song by Waylon Jennings was the theme song for Dukes of Hazzard

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342 101
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izzymarkem added George Strait

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345 104
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sageantone added Mel McDaniel & Oklahoma Wind

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378 123
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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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313 95
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izzymarkem added George Strait

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291 83
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iddiotmittens added Alabama

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189 33
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280 59
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Connor Reis added Hank Williams, Jr.

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319 100
That's My Job is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans
-1457410752098 added Conway Twitty

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269 58
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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