10 Greatest Country Songs?
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10045) 13 years ago
What are the 10 greatest country songs of all time?

Yup - only 10 . . . and yeah limiting it to 10 is darned tough. But let's see what we come up with.
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10045) 13 years ago
Here's my list (in alphabetical order):

Act Naturally - Buck Owens
Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson
Back in the Saddle Again - Gene Autry
Faded Love - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Hello Love - Hank Snow
I Fall to Pieces - Patsy Cline
I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
Let Me Touch You For Awhile - Alison Krauss
You Never Even Called Me by My Name - David Allen Coe
Your Cheatin Heart - Hank Williams
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17769) 13 years ago
No George Jones? No Merle Haggard! You pinko commie fag!

Okay, here we go, a subject near and dear to my heart.....

Lets start with where we agree...

1. "Your cheatin' heart" - Hank Sr. That was easy.

2. "I Fall to Pieces" - Patsy Cline. That was easy too.

Lets look at mutual artists whose best songs we disagree with....

3. "Love's Going to Live Here" - Buck Owens. "Act Naturally" is a great song, Hal, but a novelty, not composed by the Buckaroos. "Love's Going to Live Here" pretty much captures them at their peak....Tiger by the Tail and Together Again are close seconds.

4. "Blue Eyes Cryin' In the Rain" - Willie Nelson. Waaaay better than "Always On My Mind" ....heck, I would have picked Pancho and Lefty over that.

5. Johnny Cash....Johnny Cash......that is difficult to pick his best song. "I Walk the Line" is a great selection out of the list......"Folsom Prison Blues", "Guess Things Happen This Way"...."Ring of Fire".....all have to be worthy of selection....but, I am going to have to throw my vote to "Big River".

Lets move on....

6. "The Window Up Above" - George Jones

7. "Silver Wings" - Merle Haggard (I could be talked into changing my vote to "Big City" if this were a contest).

8. "Dead Flowers" - the Rolling Stones

9. "Six Days on the Road" - Dave Dudley

10. "Stand by Your Man" - Tammy Wynette
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Posted by GVC (+510) 13 years ago
The only real country song I like is Dolly Parton's "Jolene".
I really like Lyle Lovett but I don't know if he qualifies as real country. You can have the rest.

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Posted by Stephenie (+61) 13 years ago
"Crazy" - Patsy Cline
"The Dance" - Garth Brooks
"Coal Miner's Daughter" - Loretta Lynn
"Always on My Mind" - Willie Nelson
"Mama Tried" - Merle Haggard
"King of the Road" - Roger Miller
"Ring of Fire" - Johnny Cash
"Ruby (Don't Take Your Love to Town)" - Kenny Rogers
"Amarillo by Morning" - George Strait
"Kiss An Angel Good Morning" - Charley Pride
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17769) 13 years ago
Excellent list, Stephanie!

Terrible list, GVC's wife! I recommend expanding your horizons.
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Posted by GVC (+510) 13 years ago
Ah, that I could. I have tried and tried but to no avail. I'd rather listen to reggae than country and I don't care much for that either.

Wait, I do like the Johnny Cash song where the refrain is "Damn your eyes" and also A Boy named Sue.

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Posted by Kacey (+3154) 13 years ago
Four in the Morning - Faron Young
I Always Get Lucky with You - George Jones
Do You Remember These - Statler Brothers
Red Necks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer - Johnny Russell
A White Sportcoat - Marty Robbins
On The Other Hand - Randy Travis
Take This Job and Shove It - Johnny Paycheck
Walkin' After Midnight - Patsy Cline
Cool Water - Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers
Hello Darlin' - Conway Twitty
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Posted by Bob Netherton (+1888) 13 years ago
El Paso - Marty Robbins
Lay Lady Lay - Bob Dylan(Yeah. I know.)
Rose Colored Glasses - John Conlee
Are You Ready for the Country- Waylon Jennings(written by Neil Young)
I've Come to Expect it From You - George Strait
Torn And Frayed - Rolling Stones
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Poncho and Lefty - Willie Nelson w/ Merle Haggard
Ghost Riders in the Sky - ?
Did anyone catch Riders in the Sky in Billings a few years ago?
Crazy - Patsy Cline(written by Willie Nelson I think)
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3707) 13 years ago
Picking 10 off the top of my head will be a total crap shoot but...

Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
He Stopped Loving Her Today - Conway Twitty
Seven Spanish Angels - Willie Nelson and Ray Charles
You Never Even Called Me by My Name - David Allen Coe
Famous Last Words of a Fool - George Strait
Mama Tried - Merle Haggard
Long Haired Country Boy - Charlie Daniels
You're Cheatin Heart - Hank Williams (already used a lot but I can't argue it)
When You Say Nothing at All - (The version where Keith Whitley and Allison Krause sing it together)
Amarillo By Morning - George Strait (my all time favorite 2-step song, I've heard Gail Shaw's band sing it more times than George I think)

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Posted by Stephenie (+61) 13 years ago
one I forgot was "Devil Went Down to Georgia" - Charlie Daniels
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Posted by Stone (+1591) 13 years ago
1. John Cash-"Sunday Mornin' Comin' down" Written by Kris Kristofferson
2. Hank Williams "Lovesick Blues"
3. Marty Robins "Big Iron
4. Conway Twitty- "Hello Darlin"
5. Willie Nelson- "Blue eyes Crying in the Rain"
6. Tammy Wynette- "Stand by your man"
7. Loretta Lynn-"Coal Miners Daughter"
8. Charlie Daniels- "Devil went down to Georgia"
9. Merle Haggard- "Okie from Muskogee"
10. Bob Dylan- "Man of Constant Sorrow"
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17769) 13 years ago
hahahaha..."Bob Dylan- "Man of Constant Sorrow"

I think Ralph Stanley would be a bit upset at that
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Posted by Steve Sullivan (+1403) 13 years ago
No such thing as a great country song.
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Posted by Bob Netherton (+1888) 13 years ago
I forgot "Come Monday" by Jimmy Buffet.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17769) 13 years ago
Well, if you are going to bring up Jimmy Buffet, lets not forget "LA Freeway" by Jerry Jeff Walker.
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Posted by JOE WHALEN (+619) 13 years ago
1. Cold, Cold Heart - Hank Williams
2. Hey Good Lookin' - Hank Williams
3. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams
4. Alone & Forsaken - Hank Williams
5. Your Cheatin' Heart - Hank Williams
6. Settin' the Woods on Fire - Hank Williams
7. Honky Tonk Blues - Hank Williams
8. I Won't Be Home No More - Hank Williams
9. I'm a Long Gone Daddy - Hank Williams
10. Ramblin' Man - Hank Williams
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Posted by Mark (+29) 13 years ago
So, Joe. Just exactly how do you feel about ole Hank?
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3707) 13 years ago
"Cold, Cold, Heart" and "So Lonesome I Could Cry" are definitely high on my list if not the top 10 Great stuff.
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Posted by daveb (+83) 13 years ago
Sunday Coming Down - Cash version
Fast As You - Dwight Yoakam
Some Girls Do - Sawyer Brown
Doublewide - Supersuckers(Oooooh Nooooo mule train!!!!)
Blue Clear Sky - George Strait
Rainy Day Woman - Waylon Jennings
Piss Up a Rope - Ween
Rodeo Song - ?
Never Call Me By My Name - David Allen Coe
Mamma Tried - Merle Haggard

These may not be the greatest but they are damn good songs.
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3707) 13 years ago
I love the Rodeo Song hehe, it's been recorded by David Allen Coe but I don't know if it's his.
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Posted by spacekace (+891) 13 years ago
... I noticed Amarillo By Morning a few times on this list, and it will always be a great country song, one of my top 10 for sure...but did you know it was not one of George's number 1's?
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+10045) 13 years ago
I'm kind of surprised to see Coe make so many peoples' lists - all y'all got good taste ; -)
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Posted by Bruce Helland (+593) 13 years ago
No good country song exists.. Patsy Cline and Hank Williams were just plain good but not country.
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Posted by Frank Hardy (+1660) 13 years ago
10. Brenda Lee- The Cowgirl and the Dandy
9. George Jones- He Stopped Loving Her Today
8. Roseanne Cash- Seven Year Ache
7. Juice Newton- Angel of the Morning
6. Conway Twitty- I'd Love to Lay You Down
5. John Anderson- 1959
4. Don Williams- (I'm Just a) Country Boy
3. Charlie Rich- Behind Closed Doors
2. Sylvia- Tumbleweed
1. Becky Hobbs- I Can't Say Goodbye To You

Cheers!
FH
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Posted by Cheryl Pieters (+481) 13 years ago
1. Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed---Kinky Friedman
2. You're the Reason Our Kids are Ugly -- Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn
3. Fax Me A Beer--Hank Williams, Jr.
4. She's Got A Butt Bigger Than The Beatles--Cletus T. Judd
5. How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away--Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks
6. Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox If I Die--Joe Diffie
7. Dropkick Me Jesus Through the Goalposts of Life--Bobby Bare
8. Here's A Quarter-Call Someone Who Cares--Travis Tritt
9. I'm Gonna Hire A Wino To Decorate Our Home -- David Frizell
10. Jesus Loves Me But He Can't Stand You --Austin Lounge Lizards
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Posted by JOE WHALEN (+619) 13 years ago
Bruce, I believe Ms. Cheryl Pieters just called you a big fat liar.
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Posted by Ken Minow (+382) 13 years ago
"If yer beer is warm just put it next to my ex-wife's heart"-artist unknown
"I've been so lonely since she left it's almost as bad as havin' her back" - not sure if he wrote it,but I only heard it performed by a gone but not forgotten friend,Jeff Lemay.
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Posted by Stone (+1591) 13 years ago
John Anderson, I forgot about him. I love his stuff.
Copperhead Road-Steve Earle
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Posted by daveb (+83) 13 years ago
Tennesse Flat Top Box - both Cash versions
I-95 A-Hole Song - David Allen Coe?
Guitar Man - Steve Earle
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Posted by Tracey (+21) 13 years ago
I just had to add. Cast and crew of "A Tomb With a View" went out Friday night to the Cattle-ac and nearly fell off our chairs when Andy Wemmer(?) played "Don't Touch My Willie" by Kevin Fowler. We thought we were going to lose one because he was laughing and not breathing during the whole song.

It's become a big hit in my book.
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Posted by mule train (+1050) 13 years ago
Just got back from elk hunting in Western Colorado (5 hour trip each way) and had plenty of time to listen my favorite country songs... here are the top 10 from the trip....

1. A Country Boy Can Survive Hank Jr.
2. Crazed Country Rebel Hank III
3. Wine Me Up Faron Young
4. Drink Up and Be Somebody Merle Haggard
5. Should Have Been A Cowboy Toby Kieth
6. Slow Rollin' Load Waylon Jennings
7. If That Ain't Country David Allan Coe
8. Orleans Parish Prison Johnny Cash
9. If Drinking Don't Kill Me George Jones
10. Slow Train Shooter Jennings

The bottom line is there is way too many good country songs out there...it just depends on what's on your mind at the time you're listening to the songs...whether it's waiting for your mom to get out of prison, driving your truck down a dirt road, waiting for a train, or getting drunk in the rain...wait I think that is a classic country song called "You Don't Even Know Me By My Name" by D.A.C.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17769) 13 years ago
Last night I was in the kitchen and was listening to my man Hoyt Axton....how could I forget Hoyt? "Boney Fingers" is definitely one of the greatest C&W songs of all-time....and at the same time, "When the Morning Comes" is right up there as well.

By the same token, Hoyt's "Lion in the Winter" and "Evangelina" could both make the Top Ten Folk Song lists.

There are so many great C&W songs, limiting the list to 10 is silly. I agree with Dave B...."Guitar Town" by Steve Earle is a great song, but Steve's "The Devil's Right Hand" is as near a perfect a C&W song as you will ever hear.

A couple of more:

Amazing Rhythm Aces - "Third Rate Romance" and "Amazing Grace (Used to be Her Favorite Song"

Robbie Fulks - "She Took A Lot of Pills and Died", "The Buck Starts Here" and "Parallel Bars"

Old 97s - "W.I.F.E."
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3707) 13 years ago
It's kind of sad that very few songs listed here were written after 1980 and almost none after 1990. Country rising in popularity sure hasn't done much to improve the quality of the music.
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Posted by Ken Minow (+382) 13 years ago
Saw Hoyt twice-once at Forsyth and at the Buffalo Chips at Sturgis when John Kay and Steppenwolf had him jammin'.Some people aren't aware that Hoyt was an 'ol rocker too.He wrote several hits for Steppenwolf-I'm thinkin' "Pusherman" or maybe "Snowblind Friend" or something like that.I was also told he wrote "Never Been To Spain" for Three Dog Night,once again not sure.
Gotta agree with Gunnar on Amazing R. Aces and Steve Earle-both favorites of mine.
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Posted by mule train (+1050) 13 years ago
It's kind of sad that very few songs listed here were written after 1980 and almost none after 1990. Country rising in popularity sure hasn't done much to improve the quality of the music.

There actually is a lot of good new country out there in my opinion. Bloodshot Records out of Chicago has a lot of good artists. I am a BIG fan of the Hank III, Supersuckers (when they're doing the twang thang), the Railbenders (Denver country/rockabilly), and a few more bands that are out there.

Top 40 country guys I like are George Strait, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, and others.

But you are right the GREATEST country songs are all the old ones.
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Posted by Chad (+1758) 13 years ago
1. She left me for a city dude- by Lost my Pants on the Rodeo Circuit

2. My horse won't go no more - by Stuck Cowboys

3. My dog died, and my beer's warm - by Pitiful Lonely Guy

4. My buckle pulled me under and I drowned - by Cowboy Bling

5. I tuck my pants into my boots- by What Part of Oklahoma You From?

6. My hat's bigger 'en you're hat- by The Western Egos

7. All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth- by The Bull Riders

8. Like my Truuuuuuuuuuuuck?- by Just blew $45k

and the follow up......

9. 30 Cows- by How Much my Truck Cost

10. My Rig Sleeps 8- by 4 Cowboys and 4 Horses

11. Yard Gnomes? We Don't need no yard gnomes!- by The Plastic Ropin' Heads

12. Leaned up to the Bar at the Bison- by I'm Workin' Here Honey, Really.

13. That's Money you're steppin' In- by Should Have Tucked Your Pants into Your Boots.

14. That Ain't Paint!- by Wrangler Butts

............I'm just messing with everyone. I've heard some fairly humorous country songs and plenty of spoof song titles poking fun at cowboys and cowgirls, and at the western lifestyle. Personally there's a great deal of good to be said for west and what has come from it.
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Posted by andersonsk&a (+111) 13 years ago
Lots to choose from,but here are my personal favorites:

David Allen Coe - Long-haired redneck
John Anderson - Black Sheep of the Family
Roger Miller - Kansas City Star
Waylon Jennings - Ain't livin' long like this
Hank Jr. - Country Boy can Survive
Merle Haggard - Mama Tried
Hal Ketchum - Past the point of rescue
Johnny Cash - I still miss someone
Shaver - Live Forever
Steve Earle - Someday

Hard to stop at ten!
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Posted by Ted Schmidt (+68) 13 years ago
A couple of my favorites and some trivia I have heard about from older country DJs.
The Prisoners Song and When the Works all Done This Fall by Vernon Dalhart in the 1920s.
The Prisoners Song was the first recording to sell one million, When the Works all Done This Fall was written by D J O'Malley, an old time Miles City area cowboy and was supposedly from an occurance up on Thompson Creek, just South of Cohagen. O'Malleys picture is/or was in the Range Riders Museum gallery. Vernon Dalhart was an opera singer that recorded these songs on a dare and they became hits for him.
What do you younger folks that like this new country/western music? think? Ted Schmidt
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Posted by mule train (+1050) 13 years ago
Hillbilly Deluxe....Brooks and Dunn
Jonny Yuma.....Johnny Cash
Honkey Tonk Girls.....Hank III
Misery and Gin.....Merle Haggard


and how could I forget...."Mule Train" by Tennessee Ernie Ford...one fo the greatest ever....

Mule Train! (Haw!)
Mule Train!
Clipity-Clopin' over hill and plain
Seems as how they never stop
Clipity-Clop, Clipity-Clop
Clipity-Clipity, Clipity-Clipity
Clipity-Clopin a-long.

There's a plug of chawin' tabaccer
For a rancher in Corona
A guitar for a Cowboy
Way out in Arizona
A dress of Calico
For a pretty Navajo
Git along mule git a-long.

Mule Train! (Haw!)
Mule Train!
Clipity-Clopin' along the mountain range
Soon they're gonna reach the top
Clipity-Clop, Clipity-Clop
Clipity-Clipity, Clipity-Clipity
Clipity-Clopin' along.

There's some cotton, thread and needles
For the folks a way out yonder
A shovel for a miner
Who left his home to wander
Some rhumatism pills
For the settlers in the hills
Git along mule, git along.

Mule Train! (Haw!)
Mule Train!
Clipity-Clopin' thru the wind and the rain
They'll be goin' till they drop
Clipity-Clop, Clipity-Clop
Clipity-Clipity, Clipity-Clipity
Clipity-Clopin' along.

There's a letter full of sadness
It's black around the border
A pair of boots for someone
Who had 'em made to order
A bible in the pack
For the Reverend Mr. Black
Git along mule, git along.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+15122) 13 years ago
1. Queen of Memphis- Confederate Railroad
2. Wildwood Flower- Chet Atkins
3. Highway Patrol- Junior Brown
4. Y'all Comeback Saloon- Oakridge Boys
5. The Trail Tip Song- Riders in the Sky
6. Cool Water- Sons of the Pioneers
7. The Letter that Johnny Walker Red- Asleep at the Wheel
8. Good Ole Boy's is all will ever be- Moe Bandy & Joe Stamply
9. Long Haired Country Boy- Charlie Daniels
10. Under the Double Eagle- Roy Clark

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Posted by MRH (+1505) 13 years ago
My wifes list:

It wasn't God that make honky tonk angels-Kitty Wells
Dark as a dungeon-Merle Travis
Waltz across Texas-Ernest Tubb
Fraulein-Bobby Helms
Strawberry roan-Marty Robbins
Hello walls-Faron Young
Three bells-Jim Ed Brown
Battle of New Orleans-Johnny Horton
Long black veil-Lefty Frizzle
Cattle call-Eddie Arnold
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Posted by JLB (+217) 13 years ago
Where Were You When The World Stoped Turning- Alan Jackson
In The Ghetto- Elvis
I Hope You Dance- Leanne Womack
If You're Reading This- Tim Mcgraw
Ring Of Fire- Johnny Cash
The Highwayman- Willy Nelson, Kris Christopherson, Johnny Cash
The Gambler- Kenny Rogers
Dream Big- The Rubberband (if you haven't heard it...look it up)
Believe- Brooks & Dunn
Whiskey Lullaby- Brad Paisley & Allison Kraus

**I am sure these aren't the ALL TIME greatest, but they are great songs from my time.

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