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The Best Country Songs Part 4
20. Five Minutes – Lorrie Morgan
Lorrie Morgan lived a country song. Through numerous loves and loves lost Lorrie has breathed and soaked in just about every country lyric. With all of that authentic background Lorrie made people feel her songs. One of Lorrie’s biggest hits was Five Minutes. The song was about a woman that was fed up with her man. He was begging and pleading for one last chance and Lorrie finally relents and gives him just five minutes to make his case. It doesn’t look good though. This is a strong woman.
19. As Good As I Once Was – Toby Keith
Toby Keith has had so many hits over the last 15 plus years that it’s hard to pick the best one for this list. I had to go with As Good As I One Was though. The song seemed to have an impact on so many guys that were…reaching their later years. After a while things slow down. Life gets a little more relaxed, but even though some guys can’t do what they could way back in their younger days they still have enough in the tank to get things done for one attempt. Don’t count out the experienced guy in the crowd.
18. There Goes My Life – Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney someone took his career into the rockstar level when the turn of 2002 came around. He had been around for years in the country world and had racked up enough hits for a Greatest Hits collection. For some reason though Kenny got a hold of some good songs and turned his career into something huge. During his big run Kenny found a song that really caught the attention of fans. There Goes My Life is about the things in life (like kids) that can take you by surprise and turn a seemingly bad situation into something amazing. It made for a great song and an amazing moment in country music.
17. Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away – Vince Gill
Vince Gill seemed to have it all in his career. The man had more talent that anybody when he first came out on the scene. He could play guitar better than anybody. He had a unique voice that was sent from the heavens and he could write songs better than just about anybody else. A winning combo right? Well it took Vince a few years, but he rocketed to stardom in the ’90s. One of his biggest hits was Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away. The track is catchy and a reminder for all those couples struggling that you’ve gotta stick with it when you know the only thing that really matters is your love for each other.
16. Ocean Front Property – George Strait
He had the big records before, but in 1987 George Strait really moved into superstardom with the record and song Ocean Front Property. The album sold more than any of his previous records and the song hit the top spot…of course. Every George Strait song becomes #1 it seems. The track was about a guy trying to admit that he’s not over his lover. He tells her that if she really believes he’s over her he’s got some ocean front property in Arizona for her to purchase. A nice little lyrics that turned into a cliche in the years since. Now that’s powerful.
15. Mama Tried – Merle Haggard
This song always has to be included on best of lists. Merle Haggard is an absolute legend. Merle is mentioned by just about all contemporary country stars for the influence he had. The songs Merle created had something that is often difficult for other songwriters and singers to capture – honesty. With Mama Tried Merle was admitting that he was the rebel child his mama couldn’t control. It wasn’t her fault though and that’s the key issue. He was always to blame. I remember hearing this song on the classic station one day and my uncle looked over and said, “That’s my song.” A great country moment.
14. Forever and Ever, Amen – Randy Travis
Here is a song every country fan has heard. It’s been a classic since it first came out. It’s actually one of those songs that has probably always sounded like a classic even when it was fresh on the radio waves. Randy Travis was a complete throwback to the traditional country singers of the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. His style was pure country and it came across in his best songs. This classic track was his signature song. It was pure, wholesome and something everybody could shoot for when it came to loving relationships.
13. Statue of a Fool – Ricky Van Shelton
With five platinum and four gold albums Ricky Van Shelton often gets overlooked in the scheme of country music. For a time in the late ’80s and early ’90s Ricky ruled the singles charts. His voice was so crisp and pure. He had spent hours and hours in the basement of his house training his voice to sound perfect. The hard work paid off and Ricky had one of his biggest hits with Statue of a Fool. The song was a remake of a country classic, but Ricky made it his own. This track is not to be overlooked in the best country song lineup.
12. Chattahoochee – Alan Jackson
Alan Jackson had the summer song of 1993 with this classic and signature song. Alan strapped on a pair of water skis for the video and got back to his roots. Alan was always the best at pulling memories from his past and putting the stories to song. The uptempo track was catchy and fun and people took to it. Even today people love hearing the song and can picture themselves out on the town on a Saturday night in the middle of summer. You can still grab a snow cone and burger today if you find the right place on Saturday night.
11. Small Town Saturday Night – Hal Ketchum
Hal Ketchum burst onto the country scene back in 1991 with a huge first hit single. Small Town Saturday Night had the perfect music for the mood of the song. Teenage angst. The need to get out of the small town you grew up in came through every lyric and every musical beat in this track. Every kid that grew up in a small town dreamed of bigger things at one point or another. Even if we always go back home there is a part of us that just wants to get out on Saturday nights. A dollar’s worth of gas in the pickup and let’s see how far we can go…