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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18 6
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Merle Haggard

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18 7
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Hank Williams, Sr.

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11 3
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12 4
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Hank Williams, Sr.

7
11 4
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Hank Williams, Jr.

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10 6
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Willie Nelson

9
9 5
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7 3
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Loretta Lynn

11
9 6
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Dwight Yoakam

12
9 6
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Brooks & Dunn

13
7 4
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Waylon Jennings

14
6 3
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5 2
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4 1
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George Jones

17
5 4
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George Jones, Kenny Chesney, Tracy Lawrence

18
5 4
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19
3 2
Cocaine Blues is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Honky-Tonk Songs
spursup added Billy Hughes

20
4 4
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Hank Williams, Jr.

21
4 4
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Willie Nelson, Aaron Watson

22
3 3
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Alan Jackson

23
1 1
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spursup added Paul Howard

24
1 1
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spursup added Jim Boyd

25
1 1
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spursup added Billy Jack Wills

26
3 4
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Hank Williams III

27
2 3
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Travis Tritt

28
2 3
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Aaron Tippin

29
2 3
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Gretchen Wilson

30
2 3
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Kellie Pickler

31
1 2
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Pirates of the Mississippi

32
5 7
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Ernest Tubb

33
3 5
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Brooks & Dunn

34
3 5
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Hank Williams, Jr.

35
2 4
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Dolly Parton

36
2 4
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Chris Young

37
2 4
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Joe Diffie

38
1 3
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Toby Keith

39
1 3
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Randy Travis

40
2 5
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41
2 5
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42
1 4
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Montgomery Gentry

43
3 7
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Trace Adkins

44
0 5
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The Charlie Daniels Band