Top Ten Best Country Songs of All Time

Out of every country song of all time, what do you think is the greatest?

The Top Ten

1 He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones Cover Art

I don't know if I'd put this as my #1 choice for best country song ever. It's top ten for sure. George Jones was the greatest country vocalist of all time, hands down. There is a lot artists that don't belong on here. Taylor Swift is not country music, nor is most of the crap pumped out of the Nashville country-pop Machine. It's utter crap. Who ever compiled this list needs an education in real country music. You listed "pancho and lefty" for Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt wrote that song ( who should be on this list, by the way) "Crazy" was written by Willie Nelson.

It is rather simple: which of the songs on this list is about the only thing that ultimately matters (love), and which of these songs deeply touches your heart and forces you tonight back tears? Only one song listed here has this power. "He stopped Loving Her Today, " with simple, true lyrics, and with George's perfect phrasing and beautiful, deep, emotional voice, is the best of all time.

There are a lot of great country songs throughout the history of country music. But George Jones as far as I'm concerned has the number 1 and 2 greatest country songs of all time bar none. 1. He stopped loving her today. 2. The Grand Tour.
There can only be 1 number 1, and there is only 1 George Jones!

George was the best country singer there ever will be! His songs reached down deep into your heart and you felt what he was singing about! His song He Stopped Loving Her Today will always be the number 1 song of all time! Thank you George Jones for being you and singing the best in the world!

2 A Country Boy Can Survive - Hank Williams, Jr. A Country Boy Can Survive - Hank Williams, Jr. Cover Art

Even people who don't listen to country music have heard this song. Though all these are good songs. I've heard them all. Country boy can survive is defeintly number one. Heck it is even quoted in other songs.

I live back in the woods you see, my woman and the kids and the dogs and me...I got a shotgun, a rifle, and a four wheel drive and a COUNTRY BOY can survive...

We're from North California, and South Alabam', and little towns all around this land...we can skin a buck, and run a trot line, and a COUNTRY BOY can survive.

This song should be number one it is the most iconic country song that has ever been written

3 Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash Cover Art

I grew up on Johnny Cash, I'm from southeastern Oklahoma, I remember bein real young and sittin on my front porch and hearin 'Ring Of Fire' and repeating it daily.. Great artist, and will never be forgotten!

This is an awesome song. One of Johnny Cash's best songs and one of the best country songs in general. I'm not a big fan of country, but I still love this song.

Acid Rock & Country. Do not forget this. From Ribadesella (Asturias-Spain) and in all places, Johnny will always be the best.
God Bless Johnny Cash.

"David el del Rio"

Instantly recognizable from the first chord. Some of the finest lyrics ever written and that inimitable delivery

4 Song of the South - Alabama Song of the South - Alabama Cover Art

Alabama is the first band I ever listened to and I was 3 I'm now 16 that says a lot. And one more thing those of you that think Alabama is racist just because some of their songs you are a bunch of posers because you think the south is bad.

Taylor Swift? Really? Anyone who actually likes country music can't honestly like her. She doesn't sing about the true country values like the other artists on the list. Alabama as number one is most certainly a great choice.

Can't believe Taylor Swift is even on this list. I like her as much as the next guy but even SHE admitted that she isn't country. Now Alabama... Well, Alabama is true country!

She is now... Unfortunately, but Wheres Charlie Daniels at? Devil went down to Georgia!

5 Hurt - Johnny Cash Hurt - Johnny Cash Cover Art

Country music can be hard to define, and at the risk of sounding blasphemous, I never considered Johnny Cash purely country, more kind of a mixture of country and folk, and definitely his own style. If you listen to the music of Cash and maybe Kris Kristofferson and compare it with Hank Williams or George Jones, there is a noticeable difference.

I play guitar at a restaurant near where I live every Friday night. Thankfully I know how to play this song, because it's requested nearly every night.

I don't think Johnny Cash is worth the hype. Sorry if he is your hero. This doesn't even sound pure country. Too metallic. Even Jim Reeves is more country.

Even though it's a cover of a Nine Inch Nails song, I still really love it. It is a masterpiece of country music. Definitely a landmark in music.

6 Love Story - Taylor Swift Love Story - Taylor Swift Cover Art

The fact that Taylor Swift and George Jones could ever share a top ten is baffling to say the least. This song is sappy, stage, bs, performance, generic, and quite frankly lack of any true emotion. Truth is this generation will never truly understand real country music and it is a crime to let this song appear on a list with anything George Jones has ever written.

So young & so talented. Taylor Swift is able to surprise us with her voice & her expressions. She is a truly inspiring person, being able to sing, play instruments, has her own band. This song shows that Taylor Swift has talent being able to blend the song with country & pop to create country pop is just phenomenal.

Statue of a Fool by Jack Greene is the ingredients of a country song just like number one at the top. Not anything Taylor has ever done

Taylor is so amazing and such an inspiration to everyone who listens to her. She puts on a show at every concert and always leaves us waiting for the next. Taylor writes all her songs, plays them, and even has the most amazing band! I love her

This song as well as the artist does not deserve to be anywhere near the top 10, this song barley qualifies as country its just a generic love song if you have heard You Belong With Me this song is basically the same thing my god Taylor Swift is so overrated.

7 I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash Cover Art

Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams St. Are the best country singers! Country today is a cross between Pop, Rap, ad Country. (Not a good mix)

It is a very catchy melody, Johnny Cash's vocals, when he was in his prime like he was in this song, were excellent. The lyrics are also very powerful.

The context of country and the song that sums up what country is, is Statue of a Fool by Jack Greene. It should be top ten!

Lovely song If he did this with. His wife I don't know but you should vote. For it to be a number one lovely man. Enough said

8 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash Cover Art

This song is so catchy like you couldn't move unless its over if you were to hear it playing in a shop while walkin down! Amazing guitar and Cash Rocks.. 'enough said!

I am in love with johnny cash and I know that he is dead now but he. Was this lovely Man who. Had so many great Hits. And albums The ring of fire is the best one. !
Enough said!

"I shot a man in reno, just to watch him die."
- That must have been crazy to say on the radio back in '55!

I don't think I need to hear any other Johnny Cash song but I will anyway

9 Amarillo by Morning - George Strait Amarillo by Morning - George Strait Cover Art

He is so amazing I met him at one of his concerts and he let me sing check yes Or no with him he is awsom e in country music of you want the best country music station it is 97.5 here is the number800 -227-9797 or if you like to text 88474to Grant Starr with your name you e address and the song you would like to hear and to the person that it is going out t o and what you would like to say to that person

Can someone tell me why mediocre artists like Luke Bryan, Carrie underwood and taylor swift have beat this. Country music was doomed a long time ago.

Country music isn't like the country I like to listen to. They it's country but it's not. George strait one of th greats! Love him

One of the best pure country songs ever. Easily a top three, and what country needs now

10 Friends In Low Places - Garth Brooks

I had a friend of mine tape this song over and over on the same tape for my daughter who was 4 at the time. We have videos of her dancing to it... That's why the tape was a helpful tool to keep her busy while I got things done around the house

Thought for sure the top ten would be owned by Garth Brooks. Surprised to this one wasn't at the very least, on the top five, let alone NE absent from the top ten!

Hands down one of the best country songs of all time, can't believe that it made only ten!

Best ever country song, people who don't like country music love this song.

The Contenders

11 Blown Away - Carrie Underwood Blown Away - Carrie Underwood Cover Art

I believe Carrie is the most decent entertainer there is. She is absolutely the best.

Carrie really rocks that song! I've always knew she is an amazing vocalist.

This is a wonderful song Carrie knows hoe to sing! The music video is great

This song speaks of a torn apart Oklahoma home. However, it reminds people of the Wizard of Oz.

12 I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton Cover Art

This song is easily better than every song in the top five, except for He Stopped Loving Her Today. He Stopped Loving Her, The Dance, and this should be one, two, and three.

Dolly Parton is honestly the Queen of Country. Aside from Patsy of course! But not many people realize that Dolly is true country and at heart, she's never left home

"You make me sad, so be it. COME PATSY! " ~ Graham Chapman (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)

I never get tired of this song... The whole story to how she ended up writing the songs just makes me fall deply inlove with the song more... Dolly is a remarkable women, her legacy will live forever.

This song totally great. This song make my spirit alive and dolly parton's voice is so strong. It is an awesome song

13 Fancy - Reba McEntire Fancy - Reba McEntire Cover Art

The story is haunting, and she sings with athe perfect amount of emotion. The lyrics, and the way she sang them, can bring tears.

Fancy is Reba's most famous song. It is a true country song that was created by country music's Queen.

It really shows you how to keep moving with your head held high

One of the worst country songs of all time!

14 Where I Come From - Alan Jackson Where I Come From - Alan Jackson Cover Art

When alan sang he stopped loving her today at G. Jones, funeral...it was amazing and I have to personally wish he would sing it at some of his concerts. In my opinion he sings it better than the late jones.

Love that song so much "where I come it's corn bread and chicken where I come from"

Alan Jackson grow up listening to him, he one of the best around

It makes me think we should be proud of where we come from

15 The Devil Went Down to Georgia - The Charlie Daniels Band The Devil Went Down to Georgia - The Charlie Daniels Band Cover Art

This is the song my husband and I request at every wedding reception we go to. It is great and fun to dance to.

It's a classic, deal with the devil style song, definitely deserves a place in the top ten.

I don't like Country music but I like this song ( it's better than modern country, by the way)

In my humble opinion this is the number one greatest country song ever written

16 Crazy - Patsy Cline Crazy - Patsy Cline Cover Art

Too much gender bias on this list (being recognized here by a male voter). Don't understand "Song of the South" being on this list at all. Country music belongs to all areas of the country, not just the south. Plus the song doesn't represent country well at all. "Country boy can survive" is one of my favorites. Also, more recent songs like "Kiss my country ass" should get a vote, and what is Taylor Swift doing on any country list, and where is "Give it Away" by George Strait. And Patsy Cline's She's Got You" deserves a vote.

Yes on top ten, but what about "Good old boys like me," What happened to Hank? Conway Twitty had ten or more songs better than most of this list. No use bleaching the issue it's your list.

Such a beautiful voice and such a classy lady... I miss and love patsy cline to death no other artist today posses her class... She will never be forgotten... Rip patsy cline.

So this is still the most played single in juke box history and it's not in the top 10 on this list? Nonsense. This song is absolutely worthy of a higher number on this list.

17 Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood Cover Art

Amazing for any girl who has ever got cheated on. I know I have and I heard this and it made things some what better. Carrie Underwood has a great voice you will love this song from the start if you have never heard it before.

The best vocalist in country music history? Really? So this song is actually a duet with Carrie and Patsy Cline?

The best vocalist in country music history completely delivers with this bluesy song about revenge.

Before He Cheats makes me want to start randomly dancing. This is one of the best songs ever.

18 Little Red Wagon - Miranda Lambert Little Red Wagon - Miranda Lambert Cover Art

Miranda is so diverse in so many of her songs. Glad she is back after a rough period.

19 Country State of Mind - Hank Williams Jr. Country State of Mind - Hank Williams Jr. Cover Art

This is my best song

WITHOUT DON WILLIAMS (THE GENTLE GIANT), THIS LIST IS INCOMPLETE

20 Red Dirt Road - Brooks & Dunn Red Dirt Road - Brooks & Dunn Cover Art

This is real country music Taylor swift shouldn't even be in the top 100. Where is neon moon? Where is 5o clock somewhere? Where are the good iconic country songs?

I didn't mean to vote for this I meant to vote for Live Like You Were Dying because it's the only country song I can stand.

Should be on the top. Way better than song of south. If your looking to download some country music, its this1

Love Brooks and Dunn. Saw them perform many times and they really put on a show. Wish they still toured.

21 Old Town Road - Lil Nas X Old Town Road - Lil Nas X Cover Art

This was a great, catchy country track to begin with and Billy Ray came in and made it more fire

This isn't country music. It is hick hop.

Worst than achy breaky heart.

This is my favorite song now

22 Where I Come From - Montgomery Gentry Where I Come From - Montgomery Gentry Cover Art

Million of people want to here your voice good

It so awesome I feel it

I just love this song

23 Mama Said - Metallica Mama Said - Metallica Cover Art

One of the best Country songs ever and its by Metallica LOL

What is a heavy metal band doing on a country music list...?...

Absolutely Beautiful.

I know this is by Metallica, but it’s definitely the best country song ever.
LET MY HEART GOOO -Great line in the song

24 The Dance - Garth Brooks

What I think this song means is that you can't have the good without the bad. "I could of missed the pain, but I'd of have to missed the dance." After the dance he had with that girl, she later broke up with him. He could of missed the pain of her breaking up with him, but he would of had to miss the dance he shared with her. He's glad that the dance happened. We should apply this to our lives. If something bad happens there will be something good happening, or if something good happens there could be a bad. It keeps going around and around. I'm not so sure if this is the real meaning of this song, but this is what it means to me.

This is perfection in song writing and delivery. Rarely, if ever, do the two come together. It's a heart breaker and I just started to be able to listen to it without a little tear welling up until Garth sang it to mark the passing of my hero, Dale Earnhardt. The only thing that comes close is 'Highway 20 Ride' by Zac Brown Band.

Great song, great singer. As far as I'm concerned, this is the only song that mounts something of a challenge to He Stopped Loving Her. As much as I like Garth though, I think I'd still go with George.

This will always be my favorite song. The melody and piano brings tears to my eyes remembering my daughter.

25 Concrete Angel - Martina McBride Concrete Angel - Martina McBride Cover Art
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