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music The Best Songs About Cowboys  

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Cowboys always bring the cattle home safe, or so say the tunes in this list of songs about cowboys. Musicians are wanderers, touring and seldom home, so it makes sense they would have an affinity with the nomadic cowboy image. The outlaw aspect of cowboys is also appealing to many a rock ‘n roller, who love to draw comparisons in epic ballads. Whatever the attraction to cowboys is, there’s sure to be a cowboy song on this list that you would want playing in your saloon.

The Eagles’ “Desperado” is actually the title track of their second album, which is outlaw themed. “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi was written by Jon Bon Jovi after realizing the similarities between the rock ‘n roll lifestyle and the lifestyle of Old West outlaws.
 

“Rhinestone Cowboy” was a hit song for Glen Campbell, which tells the tale of a musician who’s just surviving, but will live to see the day that his success shines.

Which songs wrangle you in every time you hear them? Vote for your favorites! If there’s a song about cowboys that’s not on the list, please add it to the stable, err, list.

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Desperado The Eagles

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Rhinestone Cowboy Glen Campbell

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edward1111100 added Roy Rogers, Elton John

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Big Iron Marty Robbins

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Space Cowboy Steve Miller Band

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Cowboy Song Thin Lizzy

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Back in the Saddle Aerosmith

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All Around Cowboy Waylon Jennings

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The Cowboy Rides Away George Strait

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I Wanna Be a Cowboy Boys Don't Cry

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Cowboy in the Jungle Jimmy Buffett

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Cowboy (medley): Cattle Call /... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Songs About Cowboys

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Cowboy, Cowboy Brooks & Dunn

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Cowboys Like Us George Strait

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Cowboy Logic The Charlie Daniels Band

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Cowboy Movies Waylon Jennings

The Worst Beatles Songs

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DylanTynan added Wild, Wild West The Escape Club

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Ride Like The Wind Christopher Cross

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Cowboy Casanova Carrie Underwood

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New Kid in Town The Eagles

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Cowboy of Dreams Crosby^! Stills^! Nash & Young, Crosby & Nash

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Good Cowboy Brooks & Dunn

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Broken Down Cowboy John Fogerty

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Cowboys Are My Weakness Trisha Yearwood

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Cowboy Town Brooks & Dunn

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Asphalt Cowboy Jason Aldean

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2 1
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Last Driftin' Cowboy Hank Williams, Jr.

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Cowboy Cadillac Garth Brooks

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Cowboy Boogie Randy Travis

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Cowboys and Angels George Michael

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Cowboy Kid Rock

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Cowboy Coffee The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

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Ride Cowboy Ride Bon Jovi

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All Around Cowboy Johnny Cash

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The Cowboy in Me Tim McGraw

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Midnight Cowboy Faith No More

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Cowboy Style Kylie Minogue

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Watcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Songs About Cowboys
Watcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy Garth Brooks, Chris LeDoux

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