What are your top 10 favorite country songs of all time?

Name your top 10 country songs of all time. My list, in no particular order::

  1. George Jones - Bartender Blues
  2. Doug Stone - Better Off in a Pine Box
  3. Porter Wagoner - Misery Loves Company
  4. David Allan Coe - D-R-U-N-K
  5. Randy Travis - Diggin Up Bones
  6. George Jones - Still Doin Time
  7. Mark Chestnutt - Too Cold at Home
  8. Alan Jackson - Blues Man
  9. Hank Williams, Sr - Heard that Lonesome Whistle Blow
  10. George Jones & David Allan Coe - Bottle in My Hand

Just a correction on my first entry.

That should read:

  1. George Jones & James Taylor - Bartender Blues

In no particular order (subject to change):

“Rocky Top” - Conway Twitty (might not be the best version, but I like it)
“Steel Rails” - Alison Krauss + Union Station
“You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take My Man” - Loretta Lynn (I wouldn’t screw with her in this song)
“Legend of Bonnie & Clyde” - Merle Haggard
“Slippin’ Away” - Jean Shepard
“Heaven’s Just a Sin Away” - The Kendalls
“Walk on By” - Leroy Van Dyke
“Ring of Fire” - Johnny Cash
“Six Days on the Road” - Dave Dudley
“For the Good Times” - Ray Price

These are all pretty recent, because I haven’t been listening to country music for very long nor do I listen to it very often, but I really love these songs (among others):[ul][li]“The Dance” - Garth Brooks[/li][li]“Outside The Fire” - Garth Brooks[/li][li]“Friends in Low Places” - Garth Brooks[/li][li]“Rocky Top” - Conway Twitty (I agree, Mr. Blue Sky :))[/li][li]“American Child” - Phil Vassar[/li][li]“Just Another Day in Paradise” - Phil Vassar[/li][li]“Believe Me Baby (I Lied)” - Trisha Yearwood[/li][li]“Videlia” - Sammy Kershaw[/li][li]“Heads Carolina, Tails Californa” - Jo Dee Messina[/li]“There Is No Arizona” - Jamie O’Neal[/ul]

“He Stopped Loving Her Today” - George Jones
“Sunday Morning Coming Down” - Johnny Cash
“The Way I Am” - Merle Haggard
“Independence Day” - Martina McBride
“You Never Even Call Me By My Name” - David Allan Coe
“Skin” - Rascal Flatts
“Little Goodbyes” -SHeDAISY
“White Lightning” - George Jones
“Celebrity” - Brad Paisley
“Songs About Me” - Trace Adkins

Copperhead Road - Steve Earle
By The Time I Get To Phoenix - Glen Campbell
*Hickory Wind * - BR549
El Paso - Marty Robbins
*King Of The Road * - Roger Miller
Oh, Lonesome Me - Don Gibson
*A Thousand Miles From Nowhere * - Dwight Yoakam
Sunday Morning Comin’ Down - Johnny Cash
I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
Jambalaya - Hank Williams Sr.
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams, Sr.
*Your Cheatin’ Heart * - Hank Williams, Sr.
I Fall To Pieces - Patsy Cline
Crazy - Patsy Cline
Me and Bobby McGee - Janice Joplin or Roger Miller or Kris Kristoferson

“Miss Emily’s Picture,” by John Conlee
“Cotton Fields,” by Johnny Cash
“Seven Spanish Angels,” by Willie Nelson and Ray Charles
“Deeper Than the Holler,” by Randy Travis
“Long Time Lovin’ You,” by McGuffey Lane
“Outbound Plane,” by Suzy Bogguss
“Tennessee Waltz,” by anyone but especially the Slim Whitman version
“He’ll Have to Go,” by Jim Reeves
“Where’ve You Been?” by Kathy Mattea
“Rainbow Stew” by Merle Haggard
I’m proud of myself for not including any bluegrass, but that’s where my heart really lies.

Damn, this is tough. Here’s some -

Lee Hazlewood - “Some Velvet Morning”
the Carter Family - “homestead on the farm” tied with “No Depression”
Leroy Van Dyke - “Walk on By”
Claude King - “Wolverton Mountain”
Conway Twitty - “You’ve never been this far before”
the Magnetic Fields - “a chicken with its head cut off”
Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s version of “I’m so lonesome I could cry”
Patsy Cline - all, but especially “She’s got you” and “I fall to pieces”
the Statler Brothers - “flowers on the wall”
any “Tennessee Waltz”
any “Silver Dagger”

Listing only 10 is difficult.

Tonight’s list, in no particular order:

Ol’ Slew Foot, Porter Wagner
I’ll Be Your San Antone Rose, Emmylou Harris
Sundown, Gordon Lightfoot
My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You, Ray Price
High Fashion Queen, Chris Hillman
If Heartaches Had Wings, Rhonda Vincent
Kaw-Liga, Hank Williams sr.
Apartment Number Nine, Tammy Wynette
God Don’t Make Honkey Tonk Angels, Kitty Wells
Rodeo, Garth Brooks

don’t ask, I got chills reading your list. You’re in Sydney and I’m in Nashville. We match on nine of yours. I would add Saunders Ferry Lane.

A few that have been mentioned and a few that haven’t…

Return of the Grievous Angel - Gram Parsons
You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take my Man - Loretta Lynn
Pancho and Lefty - Townes van Zandt
Red Headed Stranger - Willie Nelson
San Antonio Rose - Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
Bury Me Beneath the Willow - Allison Krause and Lyle Lovett
Sing Me Back Home - Merle Haggard
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
El Paso - Marty Robbins
Ballad of Forty Dollars - Tom T. Hall
I Feel Like Hank Williams Tonight - Jerry Jeff Walker

What surprises me is the variety of the lists. There are songs I only vaguely know and that wouldn’t be true in other genres.

No particular order after #1

  1. “I still miss someone” - Johnny Cash
  2. “I’m so so lonseone I could cry” - Hank Williams
  3. “Folsom prison Blues” - Jonny Cash
  4. “The Wild Side of Life” - Hank Thompson
  5. Any cheating song by Loretta Lynne - especially “When the Tingle Becomes a Chill” or “Another Man Loved Me last Night”
  6. “Howlin’ At The Moon” - Hank Williams
  7. “God Will” - Lyle Lovett
  8. “Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down” - Merle Haggard
  9. “The Race is On” - George Jones
  10. “Six Days On The Road” - Dave Dudley

Let’s see - we got drinkin’, cheatin’, killin’ and drivin’ trucks. Thats about what you need isn’t it?

Is it just me or this this the most unbelievably sad song Williams ever wrote? I heard this when I was 9 years old and I burst into tears after it finished. Poor ole’ Kaw Liga, eh?


Again , no particular order. And limiting it to 10 was nearly impossible :frowning: .

Crazy - Patsy Cline

Save a Horse , Ride a Cowboy - Big & Rich

The Dance - Garth Brooks

Homespun Love - Keith Urban

Rodeo - Garth Brooks

You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma - Shelly West & David Frizell

Let that Pony Run - Pam Tillis

What Was I Thinkin’ - Dierks Bentley

Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy? - Chris Ledoux & Garth Brooks

The Devil Went Down To Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band

In no particular order:

Neon Moon – Brooks & Dunn

The Doors Are Open Wide – Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose - Dwight Yoakam

Right or Wrong – George Strait

I’ve Cried My Last Tear For You – Ricky Van Shelton

Sunday Morning Coming Down – Johnny Cash

Faded Love – Patsy Cline

He Stopped Loving Her Today – George Jones

Walk Softly On This Heart of Mine – Kentucky Headhunters

Crazy Arms – Ray Price (and BR549’s version is good too)

Off the top of my head:

“Pancho and Lefty” Townes Van Zandt
“Angel Flying too Close to the Ground” Willie Nelson
“City of New Orleans” as performed by Willie Nelson
“Mama Tried” Merle Haggard
“Satin Sheets” Loretta Lynne
“Walking after Midnight” Patsy Cline
“Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” Waylon Jennings
“Jolene” Dolly Parton
“Folsom Prison Blues” Johnny Cash
“Guitar Town” Steve Earle

Did she do a cover? This was originally a hit by Jeanne Pruett.

I didn’t know that! It’s a devastating song, as Loretta sings it.

Is the “big, long cadillac” in the song a hearse, or am I reading too much into it?

Some good lists here, and a lot of songs I’m going to have in my head all day.

Eddie Dean - Stealing (B-side of “I Dreamed Of A Hillbilly Heaven”)
Leroy Van Dyke - Walk On By
Johnny Cash - I Walk The Line
Roger Miller - Dang Me
The Statler Brothers - Flowers On The Wall
Sonny James - Young Love
Marty Robbins - A White Sport Coat
Ray Price or Guy Mitchell - Heartaches By The Number
Guy Mitchell - Singing The Blues
Hank Williams - Hey Good Lookin’
Johnny Cash - Ring Of Fire
Jim Reeves - He’ll Have To Go
Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town

Sorry, that’s 13. I could go on!