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

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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.

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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.

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Hello Darlin Conway Twitty

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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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Amarillo by Morning George Strait

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The Gambler Kenny Rogers

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I Walk The Line Johnny Cash

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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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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.

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

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

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The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band

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Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash

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On the Road Again is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Friends in Low Places is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Country Songs
Friends in Low Places Garth Brooks

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

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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

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

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A Country Boy Can Survive Hank Williams, Jr.

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Kiss an Angle Good Mornin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Classic Country Songs

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Ring of Fire is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Classic Country Songs

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

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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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Today I Started Loving You Again This Merle Haggard 

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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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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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Jackson June Carter Cash, Johnny Cash

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

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Guitars, Cadillacs Dwight Yoakam

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King of the Road is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Classic Country Songs

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

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Tight Fittin' Jeans A 1981 smash for Conway Twitty that made it his 26th #1 hit.

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For the Good Times A country cover of the Kirs Kirstofferson song, this was a country hit for Ray Price.

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I Can't Stop Loving You A popular Don Gibson country song that was made even more famous when Ray Charles re-released it

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lrmawg added Pancho & Lefty Townes Van Zandt

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Jambalaya An ode to the cajun roots of the south, this Hank WIlliams hit sapwned number covers.

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Smoky Mountain Rain #1 hit for Milsap about the great state of Tennessee

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A Boy Named Sue is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Classic Country Songs