country music The Best Classic Country Songs  

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List Rules Good old classic country - as opposed to the more pop/rock "contemporary country" sound that dominates the airwaves today.

Country music is the most popular genre of music and its popularity stems from classic country songs such as these that have paved the way for other, more current artists. The classic country songs are steeped in Americana and tell the story of ordinary, loving, hard working, often hard drinking, and sometimes long-suffering people, just like many of us.  

The songs on this list are from top classic country artists such as Don Gibson, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash. Vote up the greatest classic country songs, or add a song that makes you love classic country music it if it isn't already on the list.
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He Stopped Loving Her Today Classic and heartbreaking song by George Jones

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I Walk the Line No one does starker love songs than Johnny Cash and perhaps this is the ultimate of his to June Carter.

434 160
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Crazy Patsy Cline - This heart-breaking and flagellating song by Patsy Cline has always been a country classic. 

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Your Cheatin' Heart This sad Hank Williams song is one to which your can drown your sorrows in a tall glass of wine or beer.

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Mama Tried As Merle Haggard says, "mamma tried" to raise her boy right, but it just didn't work out that way.

356 107
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I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry This sad sack Hank Williams song was made eve more famous when Elvis re-recorded it.

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Ring Of Fire This song about bringing love is both romantic and epically brutal.

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Stand By Your Man Tammy Wynette - This wailing tune from Tammy Wynette is an ode to being faithful that is quintessentially country.

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Amarillo by Morning George Strait

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Hello Darlin Conway Twitty

281 89
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Always on My Mind Willie Nelson - This WIllie Nelson song about eternal love is so classic its practically been covered to death.

305 107
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I Will Always Love You (Original) This Dolly Parton love song is a country classic that was made a mainstream hit when it was re-recorded by Whitney Houston

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The Gambler Kenny Rogers

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Coal Miner's Daughter Another ode to the occupations of the south and the lives lived by the hard-driving coal workers and their family. This Loretta Lynn song is a classic.

Celebrities With Heterochromia Iridis

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I Walk The Line Johnny Cash

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Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson

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I Fall to Pieces Patsy Cline - Nobody quite does self pity like Cline, another classic and cry-worthy tune from her makes the list.

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Jolene Another Dolly Parton hit to make the list, this song is about the pleas on one woman to Jolene to stop cheating with her husband.

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Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash

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El Paso Marty Robbins - Beuatiful song that's an ode to the city which includes a the wonderful music of a Spanish guitar. Song won a grammy in 1961

The Best Country Songs About Home

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The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band

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Good-Hearted Woman A 1969 Waylon Jennings hit that was reportedly inspired by Ike and Tina Turner

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Hey Good Lookin This Hank Williams tune was inducted tot he Grammy Hall of Fame

181 52
On the Road Again is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Country Songs

142 40
Ring of Fire is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Country Songs

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Sunday Morning Comin' Down Another country song about hard drikning and that tough Sundway morning hangover.

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Sixteen Tons A classic folksy tune about the life and sorrows of a coal miner.

The Best Country Songs About Memories

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A Country Boy Can Survive Hank Williams, Jr.

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The Battle of New Orleans Song about the 1815 Battle of New Orleans as written from the perspective of an aAmerican soldier.

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White Lightning This song is an ode to the white lightening aka moonshine that George Jones' father used to bootleg

224 97
Friends in Low Places is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Country Songs
Friends in Low Places Garth Brooks

143 47
Kiss an Angle Good Mornin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Classic Country Songs

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Jackson June Carter Cash, Johnny Cash

The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

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Coat of Many Colors Dolly Parton - An homage song to Parton's childhood in a poor family, the song tells the tale about a patchwork coat made from whatever mama could find.

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Guitars, Cadillacs Dwight Yoakam

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Today I Started Loving You Again This Merle Haggard 

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I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink Classic country wouldn't be classic without those sad drikning songs. This Merle Haggard classic is another one that makes the list.

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James Englebert added I Saw the Light Hank Williams

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Flowers on the Wall The Statler Brothers

Pills, Girls, And Two-Way Mirrors: The Real Story Of Elvis Presley's Personal Life

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iddiotmittens added If We Make It Through December Merle Haggard - Merle Haggard

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Suspicious Minds Elvis Presley - Song by Mark James whose recording of it failed until Elvis Preseley re-released the song.

115 54
A Boy Named Sue is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Classic Country Songs

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lrmawg added Pancho & Lefty Townes Van Zandt

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Rose Garden Lynn Anderson

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iddiotmittens added Good Ole Boys Like Me Don Williams

90 36
East Bound and Down is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Country Songs