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 9
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19 8
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Hank Williams, Sr.

5
14 4
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Hank Williams, Jr.

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13 4
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Hank Williams, Sr.

7
12 4
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10 6
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Brooks & Dunn

9
10 6
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Dwight Yoakam

10
10 7
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Willie Nelson

11
9 6
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7 4
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Loretta Lynn

13
7 4
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7 5
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Waylon Jennings

15
6 4
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5 3
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4 2
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George Jones

18
5 5
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George Jones, Kenny Chesney, Tracy Lawrence

19
3 3
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Aaron Tippin

20
3 3
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spursup added Billy Hughes

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4 5
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Brooks & Dunn

22
4 5
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Willie Nelson, Aaron Watson

23
4 5
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Hank Williams, Jr.

24
3 4
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Alan Jackson

25
3 4
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Joe Diffie

26
1 2
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spursup added Billy Jack Wills

27
1 2
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spursup added Jim Boyd

28
1 2
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spursup added Paul Howard

29
3 5
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Hank Williams III

30
2 4
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Kellie Pickler

31
2 4
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Gretchen Wilson

32
2 4
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Travis Tritt

33
1 3
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Pirates of the Mississippi

34
5 8
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Ernest Tubb

35
4 7
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Trace Adkins

36
3 6
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Hank Williams, Jr.

37
2 5
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Dolly Parton

38
2 5
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Chris Young

39
1 4
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Toby Keith

40
1 4
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Randy Travis

41
2 6
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42
2 6
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43
1 5
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Montgomery Gentry

44
0 7
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The Charlie Daniels Band