International Country Music Day is just around the corner and if you’re looking for some country classics to blare on the car stereo to mark the momentous occasion on the 17th September, we are here to help. In no particular order, here is our list of the top 10 greatest country songs of all time!
Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain – Willie Nelson
One of the most iconic country songwriters in history, Willie Nelson made the transition from writer to performer. Although Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain, wasn’t written by Nelson, his recording trumps previous versions. The album it featured on, Red Headed Stranger, became one of the most iconic albums in country music history and solidified his transition to writer to performer.
Here You Come Again – Dolly Parton
The first pop-country hybrid released by Parton, the song and album by the same name were a great success, topping the U.S country single charts for five weeks. The year after release, Parton also won the 1978 Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
Bye Bye Love – The Everly Brothers
This track landed its self on the Rolling Stone’s magazine 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It has also been covered by a range of famous musicians from George Harrison to Simon & Garfunkel.
Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood
Another pop-country hybrid, Before He Cheats is one of the most well known modern 2000’s country tracks. Featuring common
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
Cash’s recording of Anita Carter’s (Love’s) Ring of Fire is one of his must well known hits. Johnny Cash’s version is the most famous and well-loved version of this country track.
The Gambler – Kenny Rogers
Most famously recorded by Rogers, The Gambler has been recorded and covered by many country artists. We love this version and Rogers vocals.
Stand By Your Man – Tammy Wynette
One of the most well known country songs, Stand By Your Man was Tammy Wynette’s ticket to number one. The song was selected by the Library of Congress in 2010 as an addition to the National Recording Registry, that selects tracks annually that are ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.’
Crazy – Patsy Cline
Written by the legendary Willie Nelson who is featured on this list, Crazy is one of the most iconic country songs in history. Originally called Stupid, this song, recorded and released in 1961, helped Nelson make the transition from writer to performer. Patsy’s voice is angelic on this track.
I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash
Written and performed by Johnny Cash, I Walk the Line is one of his most popular hits. With a unique chord progression and Cash’s smooth vocals, I Walk the Line is a great song.
Mountain Music – Alabama
With a rich southern rock and bluegrass sound, the song written by Randy Owen and performed by American band Alabama has an upbeat tempo and great lyrics linked to Owen’s childhood experiences.