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The Best Country Songs Of The '80s, Ranked  

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Here are the greatest '80s country songs, ranked by fans everywhere. For well over a century now, country music has held a special place in millions of Americans' hearts. Big hair and blue jeans dominated the genre during the decade, which saw numerous superstars come into their own. Johnny Cash finally joined the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Class of '89, which consisted of Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Clint Black, and Garth Brooks, entered the fold and sowed the seeds of what would become seminal country music of the 1990s. The '80s could almost be viewed as a transitional decade for country music because different styles were coming together. Many of the songs that topped the charts during this decade are still regularly played on country music stations around the United States, and chances are good you are quite familiar with the most popular '80s country songs. 

From good, old-fashioned country music that will make you get up and dance to more somber ballads about love and loss, this list has it all. As you take this trip down memory lane, you will be reminded of the immense talent of Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, and so many other fantastic artists. Vote for your top country songs of the '80s to see which one makes it to the top. 

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George Strait, Mike Figgis
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Willie Nelson
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Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton
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Dolly Parton
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Randy Travis
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Alabama
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Ronnie Milsap
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Don Williams
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John Anderson
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Hank Williams, Jr.
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George Strait
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Lee Greenwood
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Johnny Lee
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jsmusicprincess85 added Keith Whitley
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Kenny Rogers
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Eddie Rabbitt
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Kenny Rogers
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Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, The Highwaymen
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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band