Top Ten Classic Country Songs

The Top Ten

1 He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones UListen to Sample
2 Crazy - Patsy Cline UListen to Sample
3 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. - Britgirl

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4 King of the Road - Roger Miller UListen to Sample
5 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams UListen to Sample
6 Yesterday When I Was Young - Roy Clark UListen to Sample
7 It's Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty UListen to Sample
8 Stand by Your Man - Tammy Wynette UListen to Sample
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! - Britgirl

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

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10 Jolene - Dolly Parton

The Contenders

11 Me and Bobby McGee - Kris Kristofferson UListen to Sample
12 Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash UListen to Sample
13 I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton UListen to Sample
14 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. - Britgirl

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15 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. - Britgirl

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16 A Thousand Miles from Nowhere - Dwight Yoakam UListen to Sample
17 Forever and Ever, Amen - Randy Travis UListen to Sample
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.

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19 Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me - Mac Davis UListen to Sample
20 Danny's Song - Anne Murray UListen to Sample
21 Ode to Billy Joe - Bobbie Gentry UListen to Sample
22 Wookin' Pa Nub - Buckwheat
23 500 Miles Away from Home - Bobby Bare

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

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24 Love is Like a Butterfly - Dolly Parton

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

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25 Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke UListen to Sample
26 Good Hearted Woman - Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson

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

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27 Hey Won't You Play Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song - B.J. Thomas UListen to Sample
28 Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell UListen to Sample
29 You're No Good - Linda Ronstadt UListen to Sample
30 Four in the Morning - Faron Young

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

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31 Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell UListen to Sample
32 Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down - Kris Kristofferson UListen to Sample
33 A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash UListen to Sample
34 Country Bumpkin - Cal Smith UListen to Sample
35 Wabash Cannonball - Boxcar Willie UListen to Sample
36 My Maria - B.W. Stevenson UListen to Sample
37 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

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38 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. - Britgirl

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39 Lyin' Eyes - The Eagles UListen to Sample
40 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 :). - Britgirl

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41 On the Road Again - Willie Nelson UListen to Sample
42 Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynn UListen to Sample
43 Teddy Bear Song - Barbara Fairchild UListen to Sample
44 Before the Next Teardrop Falls - Freddy Fender UListen to Sample
45 Carroll County Accident - Porter Wagoner UListen to Sample
46 I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack UListen to Sample
47 I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles

I can't stop believing that this belongs on the list. - Billyv

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48 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

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49 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

So are you, D. So are you. - Britgirl

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50 Harper Valley P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Riley UListen to Sample
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