offbeat The Best Country Songs About Death  

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List Rules Vote up the best country songs that deal with dying or losing and missing someone who died.

What are the best country songs about death? This list includes country songs such as “There You’ll Be,” “The Last Day of My Life,” “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” and “I Believe.” Talking about death can be hard, and sometimes it's easier to connect through music when a loved one has passed. Country music is known for great ballads, and many of them are about death or dedicated to loved ones who have died.

Song lyrics about death, dying, and painful loss have the ability to make us feel. We often feel an emotional connection to songs, particularly country songs. The Southern and country U.S. way of life has a long history of singing about hardship and death, and even today, country songs reflect that culture. These songs tackle the devastating grief that comes with losing someone close to you, but also celebrate life, even if the one who was lost is in Heaven. The best of these songs are ones we listen to on repeat and find comfort in.

Country songs about passing away are often the most moving country songs because they often tell a sad, true story. The best country songs about death on this list provide kind of emotional connection that musicians hope people seek in their music. They are moving, and can help people through a hard time. Whether the person who died was a wife, friend, brother, or even stranger, these

Vote up the best, saddest, most moving country songs about death below, or add a country song about death that you love, if it isn't already on the list.

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Whiskey Lullaby Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss

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427 104
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Who You'd Be Today Kenny Chesney

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729 199
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559 145
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What Hurts the Most Rascal Flatts

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451 125
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432 81
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I Drive Your Truck Lee Brice

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356 80
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MaryDarland added Live Like You Were Dying Tim McGraw

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360 108
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DanielaJimene92 added If I Die Young The Band Perry

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499 134
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344 78
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AlexisThurber added If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away Justin Moore

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263 85
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Don't Blink Kenny Chesney

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504 109
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374 68
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cricket added The Dance Garth Brooks

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322 85
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471 101
Drink a Beer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Songs About Death
MeganHemmings added Drink a Beer Luke Bryan

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381 96
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One More Day Diamond Rio

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261 63
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Whiskey Lullabye Brad Paisley, Allison Krauss

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214 97
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People Are Crazy Billy Currington

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164 95
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214 90
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If I Had Only Known Reba MacIntyre

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174 39
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TomPrater added Three Wooden Crosses

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159 67
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In Color Jamey Johnson

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163 76
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There You'll Be Faith Hill

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176 88
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You're Gone Diamond Rio

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156 73
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Love, Me Collin Raye

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212 86
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Believe Brook & Dunn

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153 76
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191 78
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I Believe Diamond Rio

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142 47
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Here Comes Goodbye Rascal Flatts

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195 72
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NancyGarvieCrawley added Tell Me I Was Dreaming Travis Tritt

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170 70
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Arlington Trace Adkins

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134 39
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AlexisThurber added Alyssa Lies Jason Michael Carroll

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158 93
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Strawberry Wine Deana Carter

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If I Don't Make It Back Tracy Lawrence

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133 54
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Skin (Sara Beth) The Rascal Flatts

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145 64
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I Won't Let Go Rascal Flatts

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156 72
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God's Will Martina McBride

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131 62
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AlexisThurber added How Do You Get That Lonely Blaine Larsen

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Davem added Ode to Billie Joe Bobbie Gentry

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Last Day of My Life Phil Vassar

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Jim Case added He Stopped Loving Her Today George Jones

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Laurie Mattingly added When I Get Where I'm Going Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley

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79 54
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Help Pour Out the Rain Buddy Jewell

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Allison Amanda Dalton added For My Broken Heart Reba McEntire

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When a Hero Falls Stephen Cochran

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Life Without You Stevie Ray Vaughn