Country Music The Greatest Honky-Tonk Songs  

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Country music would not be complete without honky-tonk songs. They're part of the fabric of the genre itself. Just try to imagine a world without country songs about bars, bar fights, bar fights over women/men/anything at all. You probably can't, and that's a good thing. A great night at a honky-tonk bar deserves an equally memorable song about it.

Some of the best honky-tonk songs were made famous by country music royalty. Merle Haggard sang about his own honky-tonk, where he took up residence after a broken relationship in “Swinging Doors.” All he needed was a bar stool, a jukebox, a flashing neon sign, and those swinging doors. Other good honky-tonk songs on this list include classics from Loretta Lynn (“Honky Tonk Girl”), Willie Nelson (“If You’ve Got the Money”) and several from Hank Williams, Sr., including “There’s a Tear in My Beer.” Hank could’ve been sitting on the bar stool right next to Merle when he wrote it – figuratively, of course. George Jones, who has one of the all-time greatest voices in country music, sang some top honky-tonk songs, including “She Thinks I Still Care.”

Famous honky-tonk songs involve bars, booze and a hefty dose of heartache. These are some of the best, so raise a glass and vote for your favorites.

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Merle Haggard

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22 8
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Hank Williams, Sr.

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15 4
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Hank Williams, Sr.

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15 4
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15 5
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Hank Williams, Jr.

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13 6
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Dwight Yoakam

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11 7
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Brooks & Dunn

10
11 8
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Willie Nelson

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10 7
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6 3
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8 6
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Waylon Jennings

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7 5
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Loretta Lynn

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7 5
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6 5
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4 3
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George Jones

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5 5
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George Jones, Kenny Chesney, Tracy Lawrence

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5 5
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Willie Nelson, Aaron Watson

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4 4
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Alan Jackson

21
3 3
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Aaron Tippin

22
3 3
Cocaine Blues is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Honky-Tonk Songs
spursup added Billy Hughes

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spursup added Paul Howard

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1 2
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spursup added Billy Jack Wills

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4 6
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Brooks & Dunn

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4 6
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Hank Williams, Jr.

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3 5
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Joe Diffie

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3 5
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Hank Williams III

29
1 3
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spursup added Jim Boyd

30
1 3
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Pirates of the Mississippi

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5 8
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Ernest Tubb

32
2 5
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Dolly Parton

33
2 5
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Chris Young

34
2 5
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Travis Tritt

35
2 5
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Kellie Pickler

36
2 5
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Gretchen Wilson

37
1 4
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Toby Keith

38
4 8
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Trace Adkins

39
1 5
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Randy Travis

40
3 8
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Hank Williams, Jr.

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2 7
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2 7
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1 6
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Montgomery Gentry

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0 8
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The Charlie Daniels Band