Top Ten Classic Country Songs


The Top Ten

1 Kaw-Liga - Hank Williams

Classic Country masterpiece - Ned964

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

Thank you. My mother sang old school Country on the radio in a small Minnesota town in her youth. She listened to both very old Country and what was playing on the radio in the 60's and 70's. I sure do appreciate now that she did. - Ned964

2 Behind Closed Doors - Charlie Rich

Beautiful flowing piano, great celebratory song of love - Ned964

Maybe in my Top 5 all time for any genre - Ned964

3 He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones

Just a great song - Ned964

4 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash

So much Cash to choose from. I went with this one - Ned964

5 It's Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty

Awesome Country classic - Ned964

6 Stand by Your Man - Tammy Wynette

Tammy's best - Ned964

7 I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton

Great vocal range. I couldn't decide between this and Coat of Many Colors, so I flipped a coin. - Ned964

8 Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me - Mac Davis

A little more fast paced. Great Country song - Ned964

9 You're No Good - Linda Ronstadt

Definitely a little Country/Rock mix going on here, but I had to include it. - Ned964

10 Danny's Song - Anne Murray

This song is so cool. Yes, it's a cover of a Loggins and Messina song, but has always sounded just a bit better to me with a powerful female voice. Happy, upbeat song. - Ned964

A cover of a Loggins and Messina song, but I prefer Murray's version. - Ned964

The Contenders

11 Four in the Morning - Faron Young
12 King of the Road - Roger Miller

Just was reminded of this classic. - Ned964

13 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. - Britgirl

I couldn't agree more. These songs are great to me, and that so many seem oblivious to them only serves to bring them up in my view. I would also agree Country has largely became something other than the music we respect. There are a few exceptions, but they are too few. I'm going to maybe go outside the parameters I originally intended for this list and add a couple songs that came later, but I feel the artists tried to stay true to the origins of Country. By the way, I think Randy Travis is a great example this. - Ned964

You're right, this song just wouldn't sound right to me coming from anybody else. If memory serves, I believe Dolly wrote this because her Mother actually did make her a "Coat of Many Colors", and if that's right, what a wonderful look into Dolly' s life... - Ned964

14 Love is Like a Butterfly - Dolly Parton

I'm voting for this today. I gotta keep the infinitely talented Dolly moving ahead. Great song - Ned964

Classic. A very sweet and very pretty song. - Britgirl

15 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. - Britgirl

16 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. - Britgirl

17 Wabash Cannonball - Boxcar Willie
18 Harper Valley P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Riley
19 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams
20 City of New Orleans - Willie Nelson
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