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 George Strait

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547 167
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Randy Travis

3
683 215
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727 200
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575 172
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Alabama

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598 211
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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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497 154
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Johnny Lee - This 1980 hit from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack was a #1 hit.

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424 121
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AndrewWilkerson added George Strait

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434 127
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George Strait, Mike Figgis

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482 153
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Ronnie Milsap

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354 73
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346 92
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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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373 105
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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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416 128
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Eddie Rabbitt

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422 136
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318 90
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izzymarkem added George Strait

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353 109
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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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336 100
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Waylon Jennings - This 1980 song by Waylon Jennings was the theme song for Dukes of Hazzard

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318 95
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sageantone added Mel McDaniel & Oklahoma Wind

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268 72
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iddiotmittens added Alabama

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255 49
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Connor Reis added Hank Williams, Jr.

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296 91
That's My Job is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 50+ Best Country Songs From the 80s, Ranked by Fans
-1457410752098 added Conway Twitty

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283 86
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izzymarkem added George Strait

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244 49
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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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162 26
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240 76
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281 91
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Randy Travis - 1985 classic Randy Travis hit.

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278 97
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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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194 57
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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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332 135
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Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

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205 60
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Christopher Searcy added Randy Travis

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275 102
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The Judds - This 1983 song was a hit for The Judds and went to #1.

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242 91
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Randy Travis - 1985 Randy Travis traditional country hit.

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274 102
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Oak Ridge Boys - The Oak Ridge Boys had a novelty hit in 1981 with this song.

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210 48
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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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229 94
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sageantone added Kathy Mattea

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254 114
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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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202 82
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sageantone added Don Williams

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247 94
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Ronnie Milsap - This 1980 song was another country corssover hit for Ronnnie Milsap.

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218 94
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The Judds - This 1984 song from The Judds was also a Grammy winner

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196 84
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Alabama - This 1980 hit from Alabama was the first of their 40 #1 singles

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iddiotmittens added Sylvia

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227 95
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Ronnie Milsap - This 1980 song was a hit and crossover tune for Ronnie Milsap.

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117 26
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bassdaddy added Clint Black

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124 31
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171 69
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Christopher Searcy added Willie Nelson, Ray Charles

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199 94
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Rosanne Cash - A sad song about forgeting marriage troubles by Roseanne Cash in 1981

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203 123
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This 1980 song was a #1 hit from the movie Urban Cowboy

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142 75
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iddiotmittens added Juice Newton