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

409 152
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Crazy Patsy Cline - This heart-breaking and flagellating song by Patsy Cline has always been a country classic. 

572 191
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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.

431 140
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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.

391 139
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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.

263 77
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Hello Darlin Conway Twitty

276 81
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Amarillo by Morning George Strait

471 136
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Ring Of Fire This song about bringing love is both romantic and epically brutal.

335 105
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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.

301 115
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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.

217 70
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The Gambler Kenny Rogers

260 95
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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.

297 103
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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

268 88
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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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187 36
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I Walk The Line Johnny Cash

211 50
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Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson

369 129
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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.

229 62
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Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash

240 79
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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.

263 85
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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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199 53
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The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band

217 81
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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

248 96
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Hey Good Lookin This Hank Williams tune was inducted tot he Grammy Hall of Fame

171 51
On the Road Again is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Classic Country Songs

132 37
Ring of Fire is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Classic Country Songs

155 51
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A Country Boy Can Survive Hank Williams, Jr.

214 82
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Sunday Morning Comin' Down Another country song about hard drikning and that tough Sundway morning hangover.

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171 75
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Sixteen Tons A classic folksy tune about the life and sorrows of a coal miner.

179 76
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White Lightning This song is an ode to the white lightening aka moonshine that George Jones' father used to bootleg

169 64
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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.

209 89
Friends in Low Places is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Classic Country Songs
Friends in Low Places Garth Brooks

158 78
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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.

114 39
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Jackson June Carter Cash, Johnny Cash

136 46
Kiss an Angle Good Mornin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Classic Country Songs

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168 83
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Today I Started Loving You Again This Merle Haggard 

98 33
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159 77
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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.

122 45
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Guitars, Cadillacs Dwight Yoakam

93 35
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103 37
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James Englebert added I Saw the Light Hank Williams

109 50
A Boy Named Sue is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Classic Country Songs

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157 77
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Suspicious Minds Elvis Presley - Song by Mark James whose recording of it failed until Elvis Preseley re-released the song.

111 45
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iddiotmittens added If We Make It Through December Merle Haggard - Merle Haggard

74 26
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Flowers on the Wall The Statler Brothers

74 34
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iddiotmittens added Good Ole Boys Like Me Don Williams

167 73
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lrmawg added Pancho & Lefty Townes Van Zandt

70 33
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Rose Garden Lynn Anderson

108 56
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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