Top Ten Classic Country Songs

The Top Ten

1 He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones
2 Crazy - Patsy Cline

You're all Crazy for keeping this at the 2nd spot for so long

3 King of the Road - Roger Miller
4 Behind Closed Doors - Charlie Rich

I've very recently made a playlist of every song on this list so far. And now reliving such happy memories of my childhood spent with all the family. Thank you.

5 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams
6 Yesterday When I Was Young - Roy Clark
7 It's Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty
8 Stand by Your Man - Tammy Wynette
9 Kaw-Liga - Hank Williams

As of today (11/2/18) this list is exactly 1 year old, so to mark the occasion, I'm voting for the very first song I voted for 1 year ago today. Still love this song and I still love this list.
Happy Birthday Top Ten Classic Country Songs!

You have chosen some lovely songs; some among my own favourites. Great list.

10 Jolene - Dolly Parton

The Contenders

11 Me and Bobby McGee - Kris Kristofferson
12 Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
13 I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton
14 City of New Orleans - Willie Nelson

I could see that from the perspective of a non-American (though she IS an honorary 'Merican in good standing) this song, particularly by Arlo, would elicit feelings of freedom. But for some of us born to it, it elicits profoundly sad feelings of a traditional America that is rapidly dying, as well as unprecedented freedom under increasing duress.

I also like this very much by Arlo Guthrie. Today I spent an hour's bus ride playing this on a loop (by Willie). It makes my heart ache with the sense of freedom it gives. I love everything about it by both artists.

15 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash

Every time I see the title it always looks like "False Imprison(ment) Blues. Love the song however the title appears to me.

16 A Thousand Miles from Nowhere - Dwight Yoakam
17 Forever and Ever, Amen - Randy Travis
18 Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Hank Williams

This song is fairly simple. The lyrics and music (2 chords) are not all that spectacular, but when you see it performed by Hank and all those who have covered it over the years like Willie, Emmy Lou Harris, Leon Russell, John Fogerty, Jerry Garcia, Clapton, etc, and how much they put into it and the joy of performing this song you can see what a great song this is by its power and influence, and that it is truly a great country song.

19 Ode to Billy Joe - Bobbie Gentry
20 Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me - Mac Davis
21 Danny's Song - Anne Murray
22 Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell
23 Good Hearted Woman - Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson

Willie, Waylon and this song... What's not to love?

24 Hey Won't You Play Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song - B.J. Thomas
25 Wookin' Pa Nub - Buckwheat
26 500 Miles Away from Home - Bobby Bare

Hardly anyone mentions Bobby Bare. So...I love this by him.

27 Love is Like a Butterfly - Dolly Parton

Classic. A very sweet and very pretty song.

28 Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke
29 Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell
30 You're No Good - Linda Ronstadt
31 Heroes and Friends - Randy Travis

@Ned964 re your comment about Randy Travis: Exactly a reason I chose this man. He's one of the few "modern" country artists who actually 'keeps it Country' Heroes and Friends is my favourite by him. Beautifully sung with simple, meaningful lyrics.

So are you, D. So are you.

32 Four in the Morning - Faron Young

For those who are still awake at this ungodly hour...*cough* N964...*cough*

33 Snowbird - Anne Murray

She has a gorgeous voice. And this song is beautiful.

34 Coat of Many Colors - Dolly Parton

You said you couldn't decide between this and I Will Always Love You. Why not have both? Anyway, this is a lovely song which I very much doubt would sound right by any other artist.

35 Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down - Kris Kristofferson
36 A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash
37 Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynn
38 Country Bumpkin - Cal Smith
39 I Recall a Gypsy Woman - Don Williams

So many wonderful songs to choose from by one of my favourite country singers. I chose this one because it was playing when I learned he'd passed away. I still miss him.

40 Wabash Cannonball - Boxcar Willie
41 Harper Valley P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Riley
42 My Maria - B.W. Stevenson
43 Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine - Tom T. Hall

The Storyteller. I really love his friendly, smoker's vocals on any of his songs, but this one in particular is special.

44 Lyin' Eyes - The Eagles
45 The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A. - Donna Fargo

@Ned964 - Yes, I DO know this lovely song but forgot all about it since I haven't heard it for...ohh...ages! Thank you for adding! The happiest girl in the UK now has a wider smile :).

46 On the Road Again - Willie Nelson
47 Teddy Bear Song - Barbara Fairchild
48 Before the Next Teardrop Falls - Freddy Fender
49 Carroll County Accident - Porter Wagoner
50 I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack
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