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Top 100 Country Songs of All Time

This list was taken from a poll at Country America magazine. The list was generated by readers and critics, counting only songs that appeared on both lists.

Midi versions of all songs were available at Jack's Midi Music where I found this list to start with, but it seems to have vanished into thin air.

Is this fair and accurate? I don't know... yet. But I did note certain trends. The top three are by current stars but the top ten is rounded out by three songs by Hank Williams Sr and two by Patsy Cline, proving that the poll was not biased to either old or new country. Also the range of dates, the top three notwithstanding, is very noticeable given that most (not all) country music coming out of Nashville nowadays is mass produced product rather than music.

I was surprised to see Good Ol' Boys by Waylon Jennings, known to most people as the theme tune to The Dukes of Hazzard, but it's a great tune so I'm not complaining. I would have expected a lot more Buck Owens and Dolly Parton but there's plenty of music that I've simply not heard of, so I'm not going to argue. The only thing I would be firm about is that Will the Circle Be Unbroken is way too far down the list.

I know a lot less about country than I do about heavy metal, but I'm learning. That my favourite songs by certain artists are the ones represented here is telling. I intend to use this list as a base to explore country music further than I've managed to so far.

The List

  1. George Jones - He Stopped Loving Her Today (1980)
  2. Vince Gill - When I Call Your Name (1989-90)
  3. Garth Brooks - The Dance (1989)
  4. Patsy Cline - Crazy (1962)
  5. Patsy Cline - I Fall to Pieces (1960s)
  6. Marty Robbins - El Paso (1950s)
  7. Hank Williams Sr - Your Cheatin' Heart (1952)
  8. Hank Williams Sr - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (1949)
  9. Tennessee Ernie Ford - Sixteen Tons (1955)
  10. Hank Williams Sr - Lovesick Blues
  11. Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - San Antonio Rose
  12. Patti Page - Tennessee Waltz (1950)
  13. Dolly Parton - Coat of Many Colors (1971)
  14. Jim Reeves - He'll Have to Go (1959-60)
  15. Ernest T Tubb - Walking the Floor Over You (1943)
  16. Ray Price - For the Good Times (1970)
  17. Randy Travis - Forever and Ever, Amen (1987)
  18. Willie Nelson - Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (1975)
  19. Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man (1968)
  20. Don Gibson - I Can't Stop Loving You
  21. Kitty Wells - It Wasn't God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels (1952)
  22. Merle Haggard - Today I Started Loving You Again (1968)
  23. Sammi Smith - Help Me Make It Through the Night (1970-71)
  24. Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Faded Love (1950)
  25. Roy Acuff - Wabash Cannonball (1930s)
  26. Johnny Cash - I Walk the Line (1956)
  27. Kathy Mattea - Where've You Been
  28. Eddy Arnold - The Cattle Call (1951)
  29. Hank Snow - I'm Movin' On (1950)
  30. Merle Haggard - Mama Tried (1967-68)
  31. Willie Nelson - Always On My Mind (1982)
  32. Vern Gosdin - Chiseled in Stone (1988)
  33. Alan Jackson - Don't Rock the Jukebox (1991)
  34. Alan Jackson - Here in the Real World (1990)
  35. Jimmie Davis - You are My Sunshine (1940)
  36. Ernest Tubb - Waltz Across Texas
  37. The Sons of the Pioneers - Tumbling Tumbleweeds (1930s)
  38. Garth Brooks - Friends in Low Places
  39. Travis Tritt - Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)
  40. Conway Twitty - Hello Darlin' (1970)
  41. Patsy Cline - Sweet Dreams
  42. The Carter Family - Wildwood Flower
  43. Johnny Cash - Sunday Morning Coming Down (1970)
  44. Lee Greenwood - God Bless the USA
  45. Hank Williams Sr - Hey Good Lookin'
  46. Hank Williams Sr - I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)
  47. The Osborne Brothers - Rocky Top
  48. Randy Travis - On the Other Hand (1986)
  49. George Strait - Amarillo by Morning (1983)
  50. Lynn Anderson - Rose Garden (1970-71)
  51. Tom T Hall - Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine (1973)
  52. Roger Miller - King of the Road (1965)
  53. K T Oslin - 80s Ladies (1987)
  54. Don Gibson - Oh, Lonesome Me (1958)
  55. Ray Price - Make the World Go Away (1963)
  56. Gene Autry - That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine
  57. Patsy Cline - She's Got You
  58. Dolly Parton - I Will Always Love You (1974)
  59. Clint Black - A Better Man (1989)
  60. Alabama - Old Flame (1980-81)
  61. Bobby Bare - Detroit City (1963)
  62. Hank Williams Sr - Cold, Cold Heart
  63. Merle Haggard - If We Make It Through December (1973)
  64. Jimmie Rodgers - Blue Yodel No 1 (aka T for Texas) (1928)
  65. Bob Nolan & The Sons of the Pioneers - Cool Water
  66. George Strait - Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind (1984-85)
  67. Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman
  68. Waylon Jennings - Amanda
  69. The Charlie Daniels Band - The Devil Went Down to Georgia
  70. Porter Wagoner - Green, Green Grass of Home
  71. Glen Campbell - Gentle on My Mind
  72. Willie Nelson - Night Life
  73. Bill Monroe - Uncle Pen (1950)
  74. George Jones - She Thinks I Still Care (1961)
  75. Buck Owens - Together Again
  76. Elton Britt - There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere (1942)
  77. David Houston - Almost Persuaded (1966)
  78. The Statler Brothers - Flowers on the Wall (1965)
  79. Hank Thompson - The Wild Side of Life (1952)
  80. David Frizzell & Shelly West - You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma (1981)
  81. The Carter Family - Will the Circle Be Unbroken
  82. Elvis Presley - Kentucky Rain (1960)
  83. Jeannie C Riley - Harper Valley PTA (1968)
  84. Willie Nelson - My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
  85. Johnny Horton - North to Alaska
  86. Dan Seals & Marie Osmond - Meet Me in Montana
  87. The Gatlin Brothers - All the Gold in California (1979)
  88. Willie Nelson - Georgia on My Mind (1978)
  89. Loretta Lynn - Don't Come Home a Drinking (With Lovin' on Your Mind) (1966)
  90. George Jones - The Grand Tour (1974)
  91. Webb Pierce - There Stands the Glass (1953)
  92. Ted Daffan - Born to Lose
  93. The Kendalls - Heaven's Just a Sin Away (1977)
  94. Lefty Frizzell - Long Black Veil
  95. Lacy J Dalton - 16th Avenue (1982)
  96. Waylon Jennings - Good Ol' Boys (1970s)
  97. The Eagles - Desperado (1973)
  98. Buck Owens - Act Naturally (1963)
  99. The Oak Ridge Boys - Y'all Come Back Saloon (1977)
  100. Willie Nelson - Funny How Time Slips Away (1981)


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