Country pop is a subset of country music that developed to reach larger audiences and enabling artists to dabble in both the country and the pop genres. Many musicians from the 1990s and the 2000s dabble in both worlds by creating country pop songs. Patsy Cline was one of the first artist to find success utilizing this formula.
These are songs from top outlaw artists, such as Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and Faith Hill. Which country pop songs are the best? That's up to you to decide. Vote up your favorite songs, and vote down the ones you don't like so much. Don't see a song that belongs on the list? Feel free to add it.
I Will Always Love You (Original)This Dolly Parton song was given new life when it became a pop hit from Whitney Houston
- This song from the film of the same name gave Dolly a crossover hit into the mainstream.
- Shania Twain was at the forefront of the pop country explosion of the 1990s with more fun, straight ahead tunes like this one.
I Walk the LineCash's straight ahead charging lyrics and melody helped make this song a country classic that mainstreamers could get behind.
Ring Of FireThis country classic is so representative of its genre that it essentially defires it as simply a classic song in all of music history.
- This fiddle heavy, high tempo tune was so catchy that it found success as a pop country song
- Another song so steeped in love and desire it easily crosses out of traditional country genre boundaries and into pop.
- Another early Shania crossover hit that appealed more on its romanticism to mainstream audiences than its singer's country roots.
Love StoryCountry tinged but with a pop tempo this song was another crossover hit for Swift.
Friends In Low PlacesThis early Garth Brooks song was such a raucous song that its good time feeling crossed over to the mainstream as well.
CrazyPatsy Cline's lonseome and iconic voice helped this tune become a classic regardless of genre.
- Shania Twain song that was released in two versions one that leaned more country and a faster tempo one that gave the song mainstream legs.
On the Road AgainThis Willie Nelson tune also done by Bob Dylan found success as a country pop song for its message that trascends genre
BreatheFaith Hill leans a little more pop while her hubby Tim McGraw leans a little more country. Breathe is a country tinged slow ballad with pop tendencies.
- A tune that became so iconic for its backwards message that status simply help its defy genres.
- Another song bolstered by Cline's emotional voice that transceds genre
I Knew You Were TroubleSwift is perhaps today's queen of country/pop crossover. This song's hard driving rock-leaning chorus gives its the ability to lean mainstream.
King of the RoadThis Roger Miller tune was so catchy that it caught on to pop lovers as well.
We Are Never Ever Getting Back TogetherThe kitsch and pop timing of this song gave Swift a crossover country hit.
This KissThis peppy, fun loving song was an early crossover hit for HIll