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Good Country Songs Part 4
20) It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett
In 2003, Alan Jackson released his second collection of greatest hits. To lead off that set he released the new single and duet with Jimmy Buffett It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere. The song shot to the top spot on the charts and stayed there for numerous weeks. The song had an island flair and had that extra unique factor with the addition of the island man himself Jimmy Buffett. The track worked as the ultimate summer song with good times, good friends, and good drinks as the hallmark. The song was a huge smash and rejuvenated not only Jackson’s career but Buffett’s as well.
19) Beer For My Horses – Toby Keith and Willie Nelson
Also released in 2003 Beer For My Horses made the award ceremonies a tough decision when it came time to pick vocal event. It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere ended up winning most of the awards but Beer For My Horses is a great song and spent tons of weeks at the top spot. The Toby Keith song is about fighting crime in an old west kind of fashion. The video for the song was classic and the addition of great Willie Nelson made the song all the much better. The song even spawned a movie for Keith as he expanded his depth as an artist.
18) One Piece At A Time – Johnny Cash
In 1976 Johnny Cash had an unlikely number one hit with the song One Piece At a Time. It had been quite a while since Cash had been to the top of the charts at the time. His career seemed to be not in a decline but in a sort of sideways direction. This song would go on to become one of his classic hits. The song is about a hard working guy that puts in tons of hours on the assembly line at a big car factory. He decides he wants one of those cars that keep rolling off the lot and he sneaks parts out over the years and finally is able to put his beauty together. The car was one of a kind and so is this great country song.
17) Dukes of Hazzard Theme (Good ‘Ol Boys) – Waylon Jennings
The song is barely two minutes long but it leaves you wanting more each time you hear it. Dukes of Hazzard Theme introduced the world to the Dukes of Hazzard TV show in the late ’70s and early ’80s. The theme song was sung by show narrator Waylon Jennings. Fans loved both the show and the song and both have remained popular 30 years after they first came out. The song was actually one of the first songs to sell 1 million ringtones. Quite a feat for an old time good country tune.
16) The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song) – George Jones
George Jones successfully resurrected his career in the ’80s after sinking down deep into addiction in the late ’70s. During the rise back to prominence he released the song The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song). The tune is a catchy little tongue-in-cheek song about a guy, his corvette, and his beautiful woman. A guy at a local pit stop proclaims his love for what the guy has. Only at the end of the song do listeners get to realize the attendant meant that he loved the brunette and not the Corvette. A great country song.
15) One More Last Chance – Vince Gill
Speaking of the great George Jones, Vince Gills gave a nod to the country great in his tune One More Last Chance. In the song about having a good time and begging for forgiveness instead of asking for permission Vince mentions that his woman takes his car keys but forgets about his old John Deere. The lyrics is a tip of the hat to Jones who became infamous for riding his mower to get booze more than once. Vince was well known for his romantic ballads, but he also had a few upbeat songs that were pure country and this was one of the best.
14) Dixieland Delight – Alabama
Quartet Alabama ruled the ’80s in country music. The band rocked the stage and ruled the airwaves with just about every single they released going all the way to the top. In 1983 one of those top songs was Dixieland Delight. The song has it all: country feel, great story, great sentiment, and a unique melody that has everyone singing along by the time the song is over. What really sets this song apart is that it really picks up the tempo by the end and has just about all country fans jumping around and tapping their boots to the beat. A great country song about the simple love for a woman. Nothing is better.
13) ‘Ol Red – Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton shot to number one and stayed there for six weeks with his debut single. His second song peaked at #18 and his third single – ‘Ol Red – peaked at #14, but ‘Ol Red left a lasting impact that overpowers its peak chart position. The song is about a prisoner that befriends the prison warden’s dog and uses the dog’s love for another pretty little coon tick hound to work his way out of the prison walls. It’s a unique country tune that reaches down to the edginess of America. A great country song.
12) Roll With It – Easton Corbin
Easton Corbin achieved a rare feat in country music when his first two singles reached the number one spot on the charts. The second of those tracks was the catchy summer tune Roll With It. The song slowly climbed the charts over the summer of 2010 and finally reached the top spot in October. It’s a fun little tune that highlights the fun things you can do with your best gal or guy. Grab the keys and head out somewhere. Pick up a pigskin at the gas station and enjoy the afternoon. This song makes you want to enjoy life and roll with it.
11) Wild One – Faith Hill
Faith Hill‘s first single became an instant country classic. Wild One was released in 1993, but it remained a hit long after its initial run. Wild One has an upbeat melody and Faith belts out the story of a young girl that wants to be everything in her dreams. We all know those little wild kids that have eyes wide open with wonder at everything in life. Those are the kids that make life fun and enjoyable. Here’s to those dreamer kids.