The next 20 old country songs…
Top 100 Old Country Songs Part 2
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80. I Will Always Love You – Dolly Parton
This song will always have a huge place in pop music because of Whitney Houston’s version. I think it elevated the status of country music when that version came out. People went back and realized Dolly had taken it to #1 on the country charts and would again a second time. Dolly is so wonderful and she has so many great old country songs. This is probably the favorite of a few people and I’m sure this love song will be a favorite for all time.
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79. Swingin’ – John Anderson
In 1983, John Anderson had what is probably his biggest hit with Swingin’. The song went to #1 on the country charts and also reached the top 50 on the Billboard 100. It was a great accomplishment. It’s a great song about hanging out with your young love just swinging on the chair. John Anderson’s career mellowed out a bit after this song came out, but he came back stronger than ever in the ’90s with some really great songs. Great artist. Great song.
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78. Linda On My Mind – Conway Twitty
Conway Twitty had numerous hits. He actually had more #1 hits than anybody until George Strait eventually caught up to him. And Conway was still going strong when he left the world too soon in the early ’90s. One of Conway’s classic songs was Linda On My Mind. The song took on woman as most of Conway’s songs did. Sitting around and thinking about a woman. That’s how life is sometimes and this is a great song from one of country’s biggest legends.
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77. Detroit City – Bobby Bare
Bobby Bare is a country legend. Bobby’s first big hit came in 1963 and it was a big one. Detroit City reached the top ten on the charts and really became an even bigger hit as time went on. The song has a little loneliness there. It has a little homesickness there. The song is a great old country song from a great era in country music. Bobby Bare went on to have tons more hits over his career, but it all started with this hit, his fist, back in the early ’60s.
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76. D-I-V-O-R-C-E – Tammy Wynette
It’s hard to type this song out so I’m going to leave it from the description. Tammy Wynette grew her reputation in the ’60s and ’70s for singing about topics no one else would touch. She sang about how things were at home and she told them from the perspective of the woman. It was a touchy subject, but many women paid attention and this really proved how powerful women would eventually become in the direction of country music. Tammy took on divorce and only took it further from there. A great old country song.
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75. The Yellow Rose Of Texas – Ernest Tubb
Ernest Tubb had more hits than anyone until folks like Conway Twitty and George Strait came along, but before them it was Ernest Tubb. There will be a few songs on here from the country legend, but the first one is a classic from the state of Texas. The Yellow Rose Of Texas is a classic country song from way back in the old days. It’s remains a huge song today and it seems like every especially in the big state knows this song. Even the new generation has heard this song before.
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74. Coward Of The County – Kenny Rogers
In the late ’70s and early ’80s Kenny Rogers was country music. He was selling huge amounts of records. Kenny blended country with pop and soul and really found a huge audience for his music. With Coward Of The County he told a great story about a kid that keeps taking his lumps from bullies until one day they push things too far. The former coward of the county comes up big and whips the tails of the bullies. Sometimes you gotta fight to be a man. A great country lesson for all future listeners.
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73. The Window Up Above – George Jones
George Jones had only been in country music for about five years when he released Window Up Above. The song was released in 1960 and reached #2 on the charts. The song helped George’s first Greatest Hits record sell well and continue his rising pace as a country legend. Back in the ’50s and ’60s people related country music to George Jones. Today people still relate country music to George. I love going back to his really old songs like this one from back in the early days.
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72. Seven Spanish Angels – Willie Nelson & Ray Charles
Two legends, Willie Nelson and Ray Charles, teamed up for a great country song. Seven Spanish Angels is a great country story song. The song is great, but the story of the song was really the two performers. Willie always did things his way and he had no problem bringing in the rock and blues legend to give something special to the country audience. Ray had been familiar with the country audience from his own music, but this song really established both of them as something special in country history.
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71. If We Make It Through December – Merle Haggard
Merle is one of my favorite artists. For three decades he was on top of the charts racking up something like 40+ number one hits. The man is a country institution. He went from being a troubled young man – his own doing – to turning his life around and becoming someone people can look up to. With If We Make It Through December Merle was looking at the life of a young couple. They’re going through some trying times, but trying to stick it out. It was a great song when it came out and remains popular on classic radio today. Great old country song.
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70. Dixie Road – Lee Greenwood
This is my favorite Lee Greenwood song. It slowly builds up to the chorus until you feel like you’re riding high on the road to someplace special. The song is about dreams and living life to all its potential. Every time I hear this song it reminds me of this drive I used to make to my uncle’s farm in western Wisconsin. It’s not Dixie, but to me it was this rural route that had plenty of dust. It was a great drive and there was always plenty of classic country playing when I’d make the drive.
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69. Modern Day Romance – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
It’s not their biggest hit, but I wanted to include this one from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. They had huge hits back in the ’80s. This classic was one of their bigger songs and remains popular today. These guys have a unique sound. Their voices and instruments all combined for a really special country sound. It was different from what everyone else was doing at the time and still has a place in country music even today. I love this song.
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68. Misery Loves Company – Porter Wagoner
Porter Wagoner is another country legend. He had a huge collection of hits throughout his career. He had a successful TV show and even introduced the world to Dolly Parton. One of my favorite songs of his is Misery Loves Company. Maybe it’s just that sometimes you need a little company when you’re feeling down on yourself. That’s how it feels when listening to this song, but for me it just sounds like great country music.
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67. For All The Wrong Reasons – The Bellamy Brothers
The Bellamy Brothers make the list one more time. For All The Wrong Reasons is another great song from the brothers. They took it to the top of the charts and continued their successful run through the ’80s. This song always stood out to me as one of their best. They always had a way with words in their songs. The lyrics were always smart and made you think a little deeper. Here we had an example of someone loving someone for wrong reasons, but maybe they’re right after all.
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66. Mountain Music – Alabama
Alabama is iconic. They are legends. They racked up more hits in the ’80s and ’90s than any other band. In fact, the guys racked up more #1 hits in a row than any other country act of all time. One of the band’s earliest and most well known hits was Mountain Music. It had the classic catchy chorus and melody of most Alabama songs. It’s a great track and one people still love to listen to today. There is something about putting on some Alabama and dancing around the house on Saturday night.
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65. Send Me Down To Tucson – Mel Tillis
I’ll come out and say most people probably wouldn’t put this song this high on the list. I have to, though. It’s one of my favorite country songs of all time and I guess it fits in the old category. Mel Tillis is one of the greatest country artists and songwriters of all time. I think he had more influence on country than most people realize. This was one of his big hits and probably my favorite from him. It’s got this melancholy feel to it, but it’s something really unique and I always love hearing it on classic radio. It’s a cheating song, but I still think it’s a great one. That’s all part of country.
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64. Make The World Go Away – Eddy Arnold
Eddy Arnold was hugely successful. Back in the ’60s Eddy ruled the charts having numerous hits including 1965’s Make The World Go Away. Country music has always had an element of loneliness. Sometimes when we’re feeling down on things or even annoyed we want to make the world go away and just be alone. I know I feel like this sometimes. Just make the world go away. Eddy was on to something. And that’s probably why this was such a huge hit.
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63. Two Dollars In The Jukebox – Eddie Rabbitt
Eddie Rabbitt is one of my favorite artists. This song reminds me so much of a great jukebox song. I guess that makes sense since it’s about a jukebox. When you’re down to just a few last dollars it can sometimes pay to put a few of those in the jukebox. Just keep the good times rolling and even if you’re going through difficult times there are usually a few songs on the list to fit your emotions. There is nothing like a good country jukebox with a few dollars to keep you going all night. Although you probably need a 20-spot these days for a few plays.
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62. Country Sunshine – Dottie West
Dottie West is another country superstar that had hits in multiple decades. She rose to fame in the ’60s as she racked up a few big hits. It was in 1973 when she had one of her biggest hits Country Sunshine. The song is campy and fun. It’s something unique and positive. The song is about loving the country and even turning down big dreams in the city to live in the country sunshine. The song reached #2 on the charts – not Dottie’s highest charting hit, but certainly one of her biggest career hits and one that still gets played today.
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61. Tulsa Time – Don Williams
Don Williams racked up yet another #1 hit with 1978’s Tulsa Time. The song became an instant classic. It sounds like country music when you hear Don sing this song. It became a huge hit for the city of Tulsa and really connected with fans all over the country. The guy in the song leaves for the lights of Hollywood. He tries to make a name for himself, but eventually he hits the road back to live on Tulsa time. He gave it a shot. Some people said he’d never do it. Don sure did it, though.
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