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

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.

Should be number one hands down

No question, this one is the best!

The best

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

is coo

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

Great song

A country boy can survive is 100 times better than no1 (he stopped loving her today)

3 Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash

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"

Go johnny cash man I love you in all your songs I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere in NSW near a place called wallgett and all my family and friends all know of you your the best johnny keep singing all those song and you will always live on through the world even when you pass

Amazing beat + amazing lyric + amazing voice = Johnny Cash
seriously It deserves to be in the first 10 best country songs

the best

4 Song of the South - Alabama

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

Southern spirit

Love this song

I love Alabama! Taylor Swift is not even in the same universe as the other's on this list.

5 Hurt - Johnny Cash

I hate country music but this song is awesome - Dandeman7

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.

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.

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.

6 Love Story - Taylor Swift

This song is amazing it's actually based on the true story (Romeo and Juliet) but she wanted to give it a happy ending and she did by saying (He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring And said, marry me Juliet
You'll never have to be alone I love you and that's all I really know I talked to your dad, go pick out a white dress It's a love story baby just say yes) awesome song it's my favorite from taylor I wish it was number 1 help me swifties

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.

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

It's rather annoying when people say 'Taylor Swift isn't country' just because they think of her as pop. But if you listen to her first album, yes it country. And so are most her songs. Love story is amazing and so is Taylor!

7 I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash

It's way better than the crappy country music they play today!

It's bull crap that a Taylor swift song is above I walk the line if somebody switches from country to pop in terms of genre like Taylor swift did than she never ever counts as a country singer and Johnny cash is the best country singer to ever live and in my opinion this his best song so it should be bumped up a lot more

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.

i love walk the line...even though the dance is the greatest song. - jwileson

8 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash

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!

Folsom Prison Blues is Johnny Cash

This is one of the best classic song ever made!

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!

9 Amarillo by Morning - George Strait

All hail King George

Beautiful song. Makes me cry!

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.

This is definitely a top 5 by a guy that has other songs about as good.

10 Friends In Low Places - Garth Brooks

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

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!

Garth is amazing and it is one of his best!


The Contenders

11 Blown Away - Carrie Underwood

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 song is like life

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

12 I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton

Dolly at her best

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

It's a part of Forever Country which I love!

Without question, the most beautiful country song ever written, and its performed amazingly as well.

13 Fancy - Reba McEntire

One of the worst country songs of all time!

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

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14 Where I Come From - Alan Jackson

He song beatuful

It doesn't get any better than Alan Jackson!

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

I Love You Alan Jackson! Country Forever! You Are The Best! I Adore All Of Your Songs And Musics..

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

Great song, both versions are excellently sung, and the story is superb. - PackFan2005

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

That was one of my favorite country songs I listened to back when I was little.

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

16 Crazy - Patsy Cline

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.

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.

Patsy Cline was the best country singer of all time. No one else even comes close.

Why do the best die young?

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.

17 Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood

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 completely delivers with this bluesy song about revenge.

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

This is an amazing song about what you do when a guy cheats

18 Country State of Mind - Hank Williams Jr.

This is my best song


19 Little Red Wagon - Miranda Lambert


20 Red Dirt Road - Brooks & Dunn

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

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.

Perfectly describes the country life in words we all feel but cannot express

I really like this song, and My front porch looking in

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21 Old Town Road - Lil Nas X

This is my favorite song now - TerryThebestsoccerplayer

Worst than achy breaky heart.

Get this number 1 ASAP - XxembermasterxX

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

22 Where I Come From - Montgomery Gentry

Million of people want to here your voice good

It so awesome I feel it

I just love this song

23 Mama Said - Metallica

I know this is by Metallica, but it’s definitely the best country song ever.
LET MY HEART GOOO -Great line in the song - PhoenixAura81

Absolutely Beautiful.

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

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

24 The Dance - Garth Brooks

Better than all of the above. Should be in top five no doubt.

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.

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.

The dance by Garth Brooks is good song 😁

25 Concrete Angel - Martina McBride
26 Coat of Many Colors - Dolly Parton

This songis very underrated because it is full of emotions and many nostalgic references to the simple, innocent and optimistic past that people had years ago.

My favorite Dolly song.

Probably the best song ever appeared, irrespective of country or otherwise

This song should so be higher up the list and more of Dolly's songs should be on this site E. G: Jolene, 9 to 5, Here You Come Again etc.

27 Take Your Time - Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt is not real country remove this from the list immediately.

Worst Pop song ever. Sam Hunt makes rap music worse

Incredible, a masterpiece. He will go down in history. No one on this earth has had a first album half that magnificent, except for Eric Church. But nothing will touch Sam Hunt, except for a lil bit of old dominion.

Takes a new form to country music. Unique, but a strong masterpiece.

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28 American Kids - Kenny Chesney
29 Dinosaur - Hank Williams Jr.
30 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams, SR

Why is Taylor Swift even on this list?

Hank was real country music, old crow medicine show has great song, rukers gets the credit, what about the carter family, hank was the greatest, no one no one comes close!

I can't believe Taylor Swift is over Hank Williams, come on guys, this dude is a pioneer of Country, a legend!

Hank is Best. None besides, Hank were one of the greatest songwriters of our time. I Think it's sad that you don't value this great talent more. From a European contry boy!

31 Wagon Wheels - Darius Rucker

If you want to listen to a country version of this, listen to Old Crow Medicine Show

Come on people Sam Hunt is on here about 3 times before song! This should be way higher then this is.

Love love this song! How can it not be in top 20?

How is this not top 20

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32 Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynn

The most country song ever!

She is awesome

#208... this has to be a joke.. this should be in the top 5... if not #1

Loretta Lynn firstly mentioned on a country music list at 188. Gosh, what's happening to the world of country music 😒

33 Ram Ranch - Grant Macdonald

Please get this to #1


#1 in my heart

This song is a masterpiece

34 Ex to See - Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt is alright at country music. I don't think any of his songs deserve to be in the top hundred if even that. It doesn't make since when this song is (currently) beating iconic songs like Devil Went Down To Georgia and The Gambler. Those are just my thoughts.

So true, and fun to listen to. Moving and mesmerizing, smooth and slick, amazing, no doubt my top two favorite music artist! I could listen to him all day, and would love to meat him in person.

Meet not meat shows the literacy we have in America today

35 I'm Not that Way Anymore - Alabama
36 Fast as You - Dwight Yoakam
37 Bless the Broken Road - Rascal Flatts

This is a great song and Rascal Flatts does a great cover of it, but let's give kudos to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for writing it.

Not a rascal flatts fan, sorry?!?!

This band is from Columbus Ohio (where I was born) and they went to THE Ohio STATE UNIVERSITY. GO BUCKEYES AND THANKS RASCAL FLATTS!

One of the best songs of Rascal Flatts! Really lovee itt! Such an unique lyrics! Lovee the music! And Rascal Flatts is amazing! He has such an amazing voice! You guys should listen to this one!

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38 Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver

Sad to see it down here

How is this so low? This is top 5 for sure.

Really good song! - Grobu

Sad to see this so low on the list when this is one of the best (maybe the best) country song ever!

39 Islands In the Stream - Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
40 Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell

This should be number one

41 Lonely Tonight - Blake Shelton


42 Where Corn Don't Grow - Travis Tritt
43 Play It Again - Luke Bryan

Luke your a genius don't listen to the haters and keep hour head high your a legend!

When this songs ends, I just want to play it again.

I said play it again

I wish this song wouldn't never play again

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44 Little Toy Guns - Carrie Underwood

No! Just no to any Carrie Underwood song. Her pop country garbage should be nowhere on this list. And if I have to hear her whine about the stupid injury on her face one more time I may lose it. She is nothing.

45 White is Right - Pink Guy

Very thoughtful and deep lyrics.

46 Made in America - Toby Keith

Remind me of my grandpa #1

47 Live Like You Were Dying - Tim McGraw


A real way to live your life, and a great country sound. Tim McGraw is a genius, 'Don't take the girl' being another good song of his. Who could be more country than Tim, he optimizes what country music is about.

This song has changed lives, and if one song can do that, it shows how amazing it must be.

I heard his song Top Of The World and instantly fell in love with it. This song is just... Amazing...just wow! He has an amazing voice!

48 Rain is a Good Thing - Luke Bryan

Needs to figure out if he wants to go the pop, hip hop, or country route. They don't blend.

Rain IS a good thing what would we do without it!

Oh snap! I didn't think HE would sing this.

I can relate the this song

49 The Dukes of Hazzard Theme Song - Waylon Jennings


50 If Tomorrow Never Comes - Kent Blazy & Garth Brooks

This song reminds me to never take people for granted... always tell the ones you love how you feel and make sure they know how much you care about them... - briansgirl32

What! THIS SHOULD BE #1! And "The Dance" should be way higher up! And why in the hell is Taylor Swift on this list her songs shouldn't even count as country! And she sounds like a dieing RAT!

There's no question a Garth Brooks song had to be on this list, and this was his first number one, and his most moving.

this song grabs my heart EVERY time I hear it. Humbles me.

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1. A Country Boy Can Survive - Hank Williams, Jr.
2. Country State of Mind - Hank Williams Jr.
3. Friends In Low Places - Garth Brooks
1. Mama Said - Metallica
2. Hurt - Johnny Cash
3. The Devil Went Down to Georgia - The Charlie Daniels Band
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