Top Ten Classic Country Songs


The Top Ten

1 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

Next you gotta work on that Eagles playlist, if you haven't already... - Ned964

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

Beautiful flowing piano, great celebratory song of love - Ned964

2 He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones

This has moved up to #1 huh? I guess it's not surprising given its immense popularity among Classic Country fans. - Ned964

Just a great song - Ned964

3 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

4 It's Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty

Awesome Country classic - Ned964

5 King of the Road - Roger Miller

Just was reminded of this classic. - Ned964

6 Stand by Your Man - Tammy Wynette

Tammy's best - Ned964

7 Crazy - Patsy Cline
8 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash

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

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

9 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams
10 Yesterday When I Was Young - Roy Clark

The Contenders

11 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

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

A little more fast paced. Great Country song - Ned964

13 Jolene - Dolly Parton
14 Me and Bobby McGee - Kris Kristofferson
15 You're No Good - Linda Ronstadt

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

16 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

17 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

Ha ha! I like that story. Everything about it makes me feel good for you, as I'm familiar with the feeling. Those all too rare times when someone else's poetry can just take me away. It's bigger than me, and I'm lost in it, almost overwhelmed, and certainly in awe. - Ned964

18 Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
19 Forever and Ever, Amen - Randy Travis
20 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

21 Hey Won't You Play Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song - B.J. Thomas
22 Ode to Billy Joe - Bobbie Gentry
23 Four in the Morning - Faron Young

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

24 Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell
25 Good Hearted Woman - Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson

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

26 Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down - Kris Kristofferson
27 Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Hank Williams
28 Country Bumpkin - Cal Smith
29 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 of 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

30 500 Miles Away from Home - Bobby Bare

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

31 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

32 A Thousand Miles from Nowhere - Dwight Yoakam

I actually hadn't listened to any Country radio in awhile when I heard this on the trailer for a pretty good HBO movie "Red Rock West". I started listening to more of Dwight Yoakam and found him a guy more centered on Country's roots. - Ned964

33 Lyin' Eyes - The Eagles

Although this song and more by Eagles are classified as Country/Rock, it's twangy lead guitar, harmony vocals and steel guitar have always qualified it as Country to me. - Ned964

I wholeheartedly agree with your comment there. They bring a new type of country sound to their songs. This one by them is a particular favourite of mine. I could listen to it on a loop. It has such a free and relaxing aura about it. Great choice. - Britgirl

34 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

35 Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke
36 A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash

Of course. Why didn't I think of this - Ned964

37 On the Road Again - Willie Nelson
38 Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynn

Some nice additions T. I will go with this one today, but it's close... - Ned964

39 Teddy Bear Song - Barbara Fairchild
40 Before the Next Teardrop Falls - Freddy Fender
41 Carroll County Accident - Porter Wagoner
42 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

43 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

44 Wabash Cannonball - Boxcar Willie
45 Harper Valley P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Riley
46 Snowbird - Anne Murray
47 Ain't Nothing to Me - Johnny Winter

I had to go listen to this, and realized I had somehow never heard it before. I'm so glad you posted it, it's really really good. I was expecting something in the vein of Edgar Winter, who I'm fairly familiar with. Not at all, this is great Country... I always,try to keep an open mind, because it's people like you that brighten up my day by leading me to music I never would have heard otherwise. I've long since learned the benefits of keeping an open mind, especially with music. - Ned964

48 Lovesick Blues - Hank Williams
49 My Maria - B.W. Stevenson
50 El Paso - Marty Robbins
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Top Remixes

1. Crazy - Patsy Cline
2. He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones
3. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams
1. Kaw-Liga - Hank Williams
2. Behind Closed Doors - Charlie Rich
3. He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones


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