Top 20 Country Music Songs of All Time

What are the best country music songs of all time? Consult this list of 20 top country songs to get a better idea of the tracks that changed the music industry forever. Sources for this list include Billboard charts, album charts, surveys, and polls. However, it does not reflect exact chart positions or total sales. Any oversights are purely unintentional.

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"He Stopped Loving Her Today" - George Jones

This song has made several "best of" lists. It debuted in 1980 as a single from the album I Am What I Am

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"Crazy" - Patsy Cline

 Patsy Cline released this song in 1961. Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt and Diana Krall have performed covers. It is in the Grammy Hall of Fame. 

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"Your Cheatin' Heart" - Hank Williams Sr.

 "Your Cheatin' Heart" came out in 1953. It was inspired by Williams' first wife. It was not only a hit for Williams but for Joni James and Ray Charles as well.

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"I Fall To Pieces" - Patsy Cline

Released in 1961, "I Fall to Pieces" became such a hit for Cline that it inspired other recording artists, such as LeAnn Rimes, Trisha Yearwood and Jim Reeves, to do versions of it also. 

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"El Paso" - Marty Robbins

"El Paso" debuted in 1959 and topped the charts the following year. It won a Grammy and has appeared on many "best of" lists. 

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"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" - Hank Williams Sr.

"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" debuted in 1949 and was inspired by Williams' rocky relationship with wife Audrey Sheppard. 

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"Today I Started Loving You Again" - Merle Haggard

"Today I Started Loving You Again" debuted in 1968 as a B-side to "The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde." A number of musicians have covered it, including Dolly Parton. 

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"Lovesick Blues" - Hank Williams Sr.

 Originally released in 1922, Williams performed "Lovesick Blues" on Louisiana Hayride (1948).

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"He'll Have To Go" - Jim Reeves

 Released in 1959, "He'll Have To Go" topped both the country and pop music charts.

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"The Dance" - Garth Brooks

"The Dance" was a track on Brooks' self-titled 1989 album. The song is a personal favorite of Brooks.

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"Sixteen Tons" - Tennessee Ernie Ford

"Sixteen Tons" was first recorded in 1946. Tennessee Ernie Ford released a 1955 version that reached No. 1 on the charts.

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"New San Antonio Rose" - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

Recorded in 1938, "New San Antonio Rose" became the song for which Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys were known.

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"Workin' Man Blues" - Merle Haggard

 Released in 1969, "Workin' Man Blues" is a tribute from Haggard to his fans. 

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"I Walk The Line" - Johnny Cash

 This track, which is a signature Cash song in many ways, was released in 1957. It is in the Grammy Hall of Fame. 

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"Mama Tried" - Merle Haggard

 Released in 1968, "Mama Tried" won the Grammy Hall of Fame Award.

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"Coal Miner's Daughter" - Loretta Lynn

"Coal Miner's Daughter" came out in 1970 and is in the Grammy Award Hall of Fame. 

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"Old Dogs, Children, And Watermelon Wine" - Tom T Hall

"Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine" debuted in 1972. It reached third on the country music charts.

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"Always On My Mind" - Willie Nelson

 "Always On My Mind" came out in 1982. It is the title track for the album of the same name.

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"Oh, Lonesome Me" - Don Gibson

"Oh, Lonesome Me" came out in 1958.  It topped the country charts and reached No. 7 on the Billboard 100.

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"Tiger by the Tail" - Buck Owens

Released in 1964,  "Tiger by the Tail" became a top song for Buck Owens. It also focused the spotlight on country music from Bakersfield, Calif.