Top Ten Classic Country Songs

The Top Ten

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

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

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

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

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 Jolene - Dolly Parton Product Image

The Contenders

11 Me and Bobby McGee - Kris Kristofferson Me and Bobby McGee - Kris Kristofferson Cover Art
12 Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash Cover Art
13 City of New Orleans - Willie Nelson City of New Orleans - Willie Nelson Cover Art

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.

14 I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton Cover Art
15 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash Cover Art

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

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

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 Hey Won't You Play Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song - B.J. Thomas Cover Art
25 Wookin' Pa Nub - Buckwheat
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