Here are the ten best George Strait songs…
George Strait Songs Part 5
10. Carrying Your Love With Me
George Strait doesn’t make many music videos. For whatever reason he lets the music do the talking through the speakers and not the screen. So when George agrees to a video you know the song has some big expectations. That was the case when Carrying Your Love With Me came out. The people behind the song had to have known it was a winner from day 1. The song is about a man that has to leave home for a time. He always carries the thought of his woman with him though wherever he is. My Dad was on the road a lot when I was growing up, but I’m sure he was always carrying the love for his family with him wherever he was. A great song from George that still tops the charts today.
9. It Ain’t Cool To Be Crazy About You
In the game of love we all get burned. For It Ain’t Cool To Be Crazy About You George plays the part of a guy that laid it all out on the line for the girl of his dreams. He got burned and made into a fool when she left him. Even when his friends tried to tell him he couldn’t listen. He was blinded by the seeming two-way love street he had playing out in his head. None of us are innocent in this regard though. We all get made fools of in life and man…it really ain’t cool.
8. Nobody In His Right Mind Would Have Left Her
Most of us have regrets even if we say we have none. From time to time we all think about how our lives could have been different if we’d made a few difference choices along the way. For Nobody In His Right Mind Would Have Left Her George Strait tells the story of a guy that broke up with a girl. He was the one that told her he had to move on and now he’s the one crying over the loss. We all make crazy decisions and in hindsight we’d probably make the more wiser choice.
7. Does Forth Worth Ever Cross Your Mind
Women can drive men crazy and that leads to some classic country songs. One of George Straits biggest songs is Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind. The song is about a guy back in Dallas-Fort Worth. He’s enjoying a few beers and thinking about his former woman who’s now with someone else across town. The guy wonders if she ever thinks of him and the good times they had together. When we break up with someone part of us always wants to believe the other person is going to miss us. It helps us cope. Great song from the King here.
George released his first collection of songs in 1981 with the album Strait Country. The sound of the music had its own feel. It had top notch production with a barroom feel. George’s smooth vocals were appealing even to the casual listener and fans took notice. Unwound was the first single and it shot into the top ten making George a legitimate rising star. It’s a simply song about a man having issues with his woman. He’s out drinking and everything is coming unwound. It’s a great song and remains popular even today, 30 some years after release.
5. Amarillo By Morning
I’ve only been to one rodeo in my life. It was Cody, Wyoming in 1992 I think. My parents drove my brother and I out to Wyoming from Wisconsin for a family trip. We took in the rodeo and I even got to chase the calf around the arena for a few seconds trying to catch it. Amarillo By Morning was the first real rodeo song I remember. It wasn’t a number one for George, but it keeps getting consistent airplay on radio and is often mentioned as a favorite by fans. It’s about a struggling cowboy trying to get through the rodeo circuit. It isn’t a glamorous life, but it’s the life so many brave cowboys lead.
4. I Can Still Make Cheyenne
It’s known by most George Strait fans that he loves the ranching life, the cowboy life, and the rodeo. Over the course of his career George has released some of the best rodeo songs in country music history. I Can Still Make Cheyenne is about a guy that can’t give up the love for the rodeo even when his woman breaks up with him over the phone one night. Even at that point all he can think about is the next stop on the rodeo. If he hurries he can still make it to Cheyenne.
3. Easy Come Easy Go
I love the slow rolling pace of Easy Come Easy Go – one of my personal favorite George Strait songs. It’s about a guy and a girl that both realize things will never work out. They came together and things seemed easy from the beginning, but as time went by they realized they weren’t made for each other and they left just as easily as they’d met. It’s a simple song and I think that’s what I like so much about it. It’s a good topic that allows George’s voice and delivery to take the focus. That’s what makes this song great.
This was the opening track from George’s movie Pure Country. The song is an uptempo ripping song where George sings about the heartland of America – the place that feels like home especially for country music. This song has a bigger feeling to it. The music is big. The production was big and George’s vocals seem to go to the next level. The song is entirely specific, but that allows listeners to make it their own. Everybody feels at home in their own heartland and they can all connect with this song. It’s still one of my favorites to listen to and one I never skip when I put on 50 Number Ones. George even got his son Bubba to do a little singing on the track. Priceless.
1. Check Yes Or No
This is my all time favorite George Strait song. The story of a young girl and a young boy falling in love in grade school and living their lives together in love forever just holds something extra to make it a step above all other songs. Check Yes Or No was a cute way for the girl in the song to get the boy’s attention. She passed the note over to him and the rest was history. It seems like this song gets played on the radio all the time even 20 years after its release. It’s a great country song that puts a smile on your face each time you hear it plus the song is recognized still as country fans of all ages sing along to every word.