Greatest Country Songs Of All Time

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Best-of-music lists are a bit silly, but they are addictive and always a good talking point.  Mainstream music outlets seem to embrace them, so I guess they are popular with the fans.

Well, want to know what the best ever country songs are, according to Rolling Stone magazine?

Go here for each song/video and some background on each one.

Here is the list for a quick perusal.

100. Brad Paisley, ‘Welcome to the Future’ (2009)

99. Harry Choates, ‘Jole Blon’ (1946)

98. C.W. McCall, ‘Convoy’ (1975)

97. Gretchen Wilson, ‘Redneck Woman’ (2004)

96. Ronnie Milsap, ‘Smoky Mountain Rain’ (1980)

95. Bellamy Brothers, ‘Old Hippie’ (1985)

94. Dwight Yoakam, ‘Guitars, Cadillacs’ (1986)

93. Tom T. Hall, ‘Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine’ (1972)

92. Juice Newton, ‘Queen of Hearts’ (1981)

91. Garth Brooks, ‘Friends in Low Places’ (1990)

90. Ray Wylie Hubbard, ‘Redneck Mother’ (1975)

89. Gary Stewart, ‘She’s Actin’ Single, I’m Drinkin’ Doubles’ (1975)

88. Jerry Jeff Walker, ‘Desperados Waiting for a Train’ (1973)

87. Lyle Lovett, ‘If I Had a Boat’ (1988)

86. Donna Fargo, ‘The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.’ (1972)

85. O.B. McClinton, ‘Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You’ (1972)

84. Neko Case, ‘People Got a Lotta Nerve’ (2009)

83. Bobby Bare, ‘Streets of Baltimore’ (1966)

82. Reba McEntire, ‘Fancy’ (1991)

81. Gary Allan, ‘Songs About Rain’ (2003)

80. John Anderson, ‘Wild and Blue’ (1982)

79. Garth Brooks, ‘The Dance’ (1989)

78. Roger Miller, ‘King of the Road’ (1964)

77. Martina McBride, ‘Independence Day’ (1994)

76. Jamey Johnson, ‘In Color’ (2008)

75. Charlie Rich, ‘Behind Closed Doors’ (1973)

74. Lucinda Williams, ‘Passionate Kisses’ (1988)

73. Dolly Parton, ‘Coat of Many Colors’ (1971)

72. D.L. Menard, ‘The Back Door (La Porte en Arrière)’

71. Alabama, ‘Mountain Music’ (1982)

70. Lee Ann Womack, ‘I Hope You Dance’ (2000)

69. Tammy Wynette, ‘D-I-V-O-R-C-E’ (1968)

68. John Prine, ‘Angel from Montgomery’ (1971)

67. Loretta Lynn, ‘The Pill’ (1975)

66. Rosanne Cash, ‘Seven Year Ache’ (1981)

65. Merle Haggard, ‘Okie from Muskogee’ (1969)

64. Patsy Cline, ‘I Fall to Pieces’ (1961)

63. George Jones, ‘The Race Is On’ (1964)

62. Emmett Miller, ‘Lovesick Blues’ (1928)

61. Ray Price, ‘Crazy Arms’ (1956)

60. Tennessee Ernie Ford, ‘Sixteen Tons’ (1955)

59. Marty Robbins, ‘El Paso’ (1959)

58. Jeannie C. Riley, ‘Harper Valley P.T.A.’ (1968)

57. Eric Church, ‘Springsteen’ (2011)

56. Carrie Underwood, ‘Before He Cheats’ (2006)

55. The Flatlanders, ‘Dallas’ (1990)

54. Brad Paisley, ‘Alcohol’ (2005)

53. Charley Pride, ‘Kiss an Angel Good Mornin” (1971)

52. Flatt and Scruggs, ‘Foggy Mountain Breakdown’ (1949)

51. Johnny Cash, ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ (1955)

50. Steve Earle, ‘Guitar Town’ (1986)

49. The Louvin Brothers, ‘The Christian Life’ (1959)

48. Willie Nelson, ‘Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain’ (1975)

47. Bobbie Gentry, ‘Ode to Billie Joe’ (1967)

46. Roy Acuff, ‘Wabash Cannonball’ (1936)

45. Lefty Frizzell, ‘Long Black Veil’ (1959)

44. George Jones, ‘The Grand Tour’ (1974)

43. Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, ‘Act Naturally’

42. Loretta Lynn, ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ (1970)

41. Townes Van Zandt, ‘Pancho and Lefty’ (1972)

40. Gram Parsons, ‘$1000 Wedding’ (1974)

39. Kacey Musgraves, ‘Follow Your Arrow’ (2013)

38. Patsy Montana, ‘I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart’ (1935)

37. George Jones and Tammy Wynette, ‘Golden Ring’ (1976)

36. Hank Williams, ‘Lost Highway’ (1949)

35. The Everly Brothers, ‘Bye Bye Love’ (1957)

34. The Carter Family, ‘Wildwood Flower’ (1928)

33. Porter Wagoner, ‘A Satisfied Mind’ (1955)

32. Mississippi Sheiks, ‘Sitting on Top of the World’ (1930)

31. Hank Williams, ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’ (1953)

30. Faron Young, ‘Hello Walls’ (1961)

29. Jimmie Rodgers, ‘Blue Yodel No. 1 (T For Texas)’ (1928)

28. Hank Williams, ‘I Saw The Light’ (1948)

27. Johnny Cash, ‘Ring of Fire’ (1963)

26. Dixie Chicks, ‘Goodbye Earl’ (1999)

25. Johnny Paycheck, ‘Take This Job and Shove It’ (1977)

24. Taylor Swift, ‘Mean’ (2010)

23. Lefty Frizzell, ‘If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time’ (1950)

22. Ernest Tubb, ‘Walking the Floor Over You’ (1941)

21. The Carter Family, ‘Can the Circle Be Unbroken’ (1935)

20. Kenny Rogers, ‘The Gambler’ (1978)

19. Loretta Lynn, ‘Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)’ (1966)

18. George Strait, ‘All My Ex’s Live in Texas’ (1987)

17. Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, ‘New San Antonio Rose’ (1940)

16. Glen Campbell, ‘Witchita Lineman’ (1968)

15. Kitty Wells, ‘It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels’ (1952)

14. Hank Williams, ‘Settin’ the Woods on Fire’ (1952)

13. Bill Monroe and The Blue Grass Boys, ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’ (1947)

12. Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, ‘I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail’ (1964)

11. Stanley Brothers, ‘Man of Constant Sorrow’ (1951)

10. Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, ‘Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys’ (1978)

9. Dolly Parton, ‘Jolene’ (1973)

8. Merle Haggard, ‘Mama Tried’ (1968)

7. Ray Charles, ‘You Don’t Know Me’ (1962)

6. Tammy Wynette, ‘Stand By Your Man’ (1968)

5. Jimmie Rodgers, ‘Standing on the Corner (Blue Yodel #9)’ (1930)

4. George Jones, ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ (1980)

3. Hank Williams, ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ (1949)

2. Patsy Cline, ‘Crazy’ (1961)

1. Johnny Cash, ‘I Walk the Line’ (1956)

 

Author: Rob Dickens

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