country music The Best Bluegrass Songs of All Time  

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Bluegrass is an American roots music that is a subset of country music. With roots primarily in Appalachia, this style dates back to the 1800s, with many of the songs being used for Minstrel shows and often referred to as a mix between blues and jazz music. It reflects the hardships of living in rural Appalachia and the everyday life people live there. 

Many of these songs are just a snippet of amazing bluegrass albums by amazing artists, so be sure to check out the greatest bluegrass albums as well.
 

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Foggy Mountain Breakdown The quintessential bluegrass instrumental track.

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Fox On the Run Best performed by Emerson and Waldron

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Rocky Top A song that recalls a southern paradaise it is now the university of Tennesse's fight song.

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Can the Circle Be Unbroken Taken from a similarly name spiritual, The Careter Family rewrote their own version

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Blue Moon of Kentucky Famous bluegrass tune once covered by Elvis Presley.

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Nine Pound Hammer Best performed by Tony

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Wabash Cannonball Best performed by Claire Lynch

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Footprints in the Snow Best perfromed by Mac Wiseman

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Orange Blossom Special A quintessential tune for fiddlers, this song was once covered by Jonny Cash as well.

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Kentucky Waltz Classic Bill Monroe song from 1946

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Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms A fast-played bluegrass classic

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Man of Constant Sorrow A bluegrass classic that was re-introduced to the public in the film "O Brother Where Art Thou"

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John Henry Best performed by the Lily Borthers.

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Bringing Mary Home Best performed by The Country Gentlemen

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Feudin’ Banjos The song made infamous by the film "Deliverance" 

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Darling Corey Best performed by the Seldom Scene

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Wayfaring Stranger A bluegrass song from the 1800s about traveling through life.

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I Wonder Where You Are Tonight Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys - A lonesome tune of longing this bluegrass tune is an undeniable classic.

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Down in the Willow Garden Best performed by Dave Evans

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Train 45 Best performed by Smiley Hobbs

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I'm Sitting on Top of the World Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys - popular bluegrass song written by

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White House Blues Best performed by Del McCoury

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The Ballad of Jed Clampett Blue grass tune that became popular as the theme song from The Beverly Hillbillies.

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I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home A classic nostalgic tune from The Carter Family.

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Atlanta Is Burning Best performed by The Boys from Indiana

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Fireball Mail Best performed by the Lonesome River Band

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The Dream of the Miner's Child Another bluegrass classic by The Stanley Brothers or Ricky Skaggs.

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Little Rosewood Casket Best performed by Don Reno

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Molly and Tenbrooks Originally recorded by the Carver Boys under a slightly different title this song was then popularized by Bill Monroe in the '40s

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Love of the Mountains best performed by The Lost & Found

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Appalachian Mountain Girl Original catchy Alan Jackson bluegrass tune

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Old Dan Tucker A popular bluegrass song from Oral traditions popularized in Minstrel shows.

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Pig in a Pen Best performed by the Stanley Brothers

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When You and I Were Young, Maggie A popular song from Springtown, Tennessee written by local George Johnson for his love, Maggie.

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Poor Ellen Smith Best performed by the Southern Mountain Boys

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Little Glass of Wine Best performed by Ralkph Stanley

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Roving Gambler Another great Stanley Brothers bluegreass tune

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The Devil's Dream An extremely old bluegrass fiddle tune

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Tiny Broken Heart Popular bluegrass song written by Charlie Louvin about a farm boy's broken heart

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I Don't Believe You've Met My ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Bluegrass Songs of All Time
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The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane A song from Will S. Hays popularized in old time monstrel shows.

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I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling Another popular Bill Monroe song that was once covered and recorded by Elvis

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Old Rosin the Beau A popular bluegrass tune from the 1800s that was originally of irish or british origin.

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Atheists Don’t Have No Songs A Steve Martin bluegrass tune that pays homage to its history of humor and a capella singing

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Lonesome Road Blues Best perfromed by Happy Smith

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Yew Piney Mountain Another popular fiddler's tune from Appalachia

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Old Settler's Song (Acres of Clams) An old bluegrass tune from the Pacific Northwest (likely Washington)