Top 10 Country Songs of All Time
Although his son makes our list, Dad Hank Willians Sr. is also remembered for Country classics like ‘Hey Good Lookin” and ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’ – check out our ‘Top 10 Country Songs of All Time’ for more interesting Country factoids.
The legendary Johnny Cash makes three appearances on this list. By the end of his illustrious career with his death in 2003, he was also regarded as cross-over artist in Rock’n’Roll and Gospel. Even in the last few months of his life, Cash recorded 60 new songs, including a cover of the Nine Inch Nails song ‘Hurt’ that many consider his epitaph.
Taylor Swift is the youngest entrant on the ‘Top 10 Country Songs of All Time’ list and yet at age only 25 she is already counted as one of the biggest selling artists of all time. Like Cash, she too is a cross-over star and although starting in Country now dominates the world of Pop too. In 2015 Forbes magazine ranked her at N0. 65 in its ‘Most Powerful Women’ list.
10. Crazy – Patsy Cline
Willie Nelson penned this song while still unknown, but it was Patsy Cline who made it famous. Cline’s first attempt at recording the song had to be aborted, she was still recovering from a car accident and rib injuries stopped her hitting the high notes the song needed. However she came back to the studio a week later and nailed it in one take.
9. Amarillo by Morning – George Strait
Regarded as one of the quintessential rodeo songs it is still regularly played at rodeos. Like the song’s protagonist, writer Terry Stafford conceived the song while travelling from the rodeo in San Antonio to Amarillo.
8. Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
This became one of Cash’s signature songs and a live version recorded among the inmates of the actual Folsom Prison went on to be a US No 1.
7. The Dance – Garth Brooks
The fourth and final single released off his self-titled debut album in 1990, this became Brook’s biggest hit and one he says he doesn’t expect to top again in his career.
6. Walk The Line – Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash said he wrote the lyrics for this song in 20 minutes, it was actually its fourth time being released as a single before it became successful eventually reaching a US Billboard Chart No. 1 position.
5. Love Story – Taylor Swift
With 8 million copies sold, this is one of the best-selling singles of all time. Swift said the inspiration for the song was Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ reimagined from Juliet’s point of view and with a happy ending.
4. A Country Boy Can Survive – Hank Williams, Jr.
The son of a country music legend, it is this self-penned song that has become Hank Jr.’s most famous track.
3. Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
Cash’s wife June is credited as a co-author on a song that her sister, country star Anita Carter, actually recorded first with little success. Cash’s version went on to be the biggest hit of his career and stayed at No. 1 in the charts for seven weeks when it was released in 1963.
2. Song of the South – Alabama
This story of Depression-era struggle was released under several different guises, before becoming a Country Chart No. 1 for the band Alabama in 1988.
1. He Stopped Loving Her Today – George Jones
George Jones had not had a hit in six years and was being written off by critics when he stunned them with this song that went on to spend 18 weeks at the top of the country chart and has since widely become accepted as the greatest country song ever.
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