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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Swinging Doors Merle Haggard

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Your Cheatin' Heart Hank Williams, Sr.

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Honky Tonkin' Hank Williams, Jr.

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There’s a Tear in my Beer Hank Williams, Sr.

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Whiskey River Willie Nelson

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Honky Tonk Girl Loretta Lynn

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Neon Moon Brooks & Dunn

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Honky Tonk Heroes Waylon Jennings

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Honky Tonk Song George Jones

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Honky Tonk Man Dwight Yoakam

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From Hillbilly Heaven to Honky Tonk Hell George Jones, Kenny Chesney, Tracy Lawrence

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Cocaine Blues is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Honky-Tonk Songs
spursup added Cocaine Blues Billy Hughes

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Honky Tonked All to Hell Hank Williams, Jr.

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The Honky Tonk Kid Willie Nelson, Aaron Watson

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Honky Tonk Christmas Alan Jackson

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spursup added Drinking All My Troubles Away Paul Howard

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spursup added Dust On My Telephone Jim Boyd

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spursup added Tobacco Chewing Boogie Billy Jack Wills

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Honky Tonk Girls Hank Williams III

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Honky-Tonk History Travis Tritt

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Honky-Tonk Superman Aaron Tippin

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All Jacked Up Gretchen Wilson

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Neon Chris Young

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Unlock That Honky Tonk Kellie Pickler

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Honky Tonk Highway Pirates of the Mississippi

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Pass the Booze Ernest Tubb

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Honky Tonk Train Hank Williams, Jr.

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Little Miss Honky Tonk Brooks & Dunn

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Honky Tonk Songs Dolly Parton

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Honky Tonk Attitude Joe Diffie

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Honkytonk U Toby Keith

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Hell Yeah Montgomery Gentry

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Honky Tonk Moon Randy Travis

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Honky Tonk Badonkadonk Trace Adkins

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Honky Tonk Avenue The Charlie Daniels Band