Here are the 100 Top Country Songs of all time.
To determine these songs Country Music Life used a precise scientific formula – we ordered the songs based on what we like. Ok so maybe this list won’t be accurate for everyone, but we would love to hear back from you regarding the songs on this list or songs that have been excluded.
But for now check out the first 20 top country songs
Top Country Songs
100) Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood has been the biggest female vocalist in country music for a few years now. She’s overtaken Shania, Faith, Martina, and others as the top female vocalist right now. With multiple Entertainer of the Year awards to her credit to go along with plenty of top hits Carrie has the growing career that could define her as the greatest female country artist of all time. Carrie’s biggest hit to date is her smash hit from 2006 Before He Cheats. The song is sassy, fun, and catchy as hell. The song was a huge hit in ’06 on multiple charts. The song remains a fan favorite as Carrie continues performing it live as the top hit of her show. It’ll be tough to top this country song for Carrie, but she’s got plenty of time to do it in her young career.
99) Any Day Now – Ronnie Milsap
Ronnie Milsap covered this song and released it in 1982. His version went on to become a top hit on the country charts and a multi-week #1 on the AC chart. Milsap had enormous success in the pop-country world in the ’70s and throughout the ’80s. Any Day Now is one of Ronnie’s biggest and best hits. The song is fun to listen to and even fun to sing along with. Ronnie’s career slowed in the ’90s, but he still heads out on the road from time to time playing his huge list of hits for the fans that still love him.
98) El Paso – Marty Robbins
Marty Robbins released one of his signature songs in 1959. El Paso became a huge hit on both the country charts and the pop charts during its run. The song is a story about the old West with a man and woman fighting for their lives. It’s the classic kind of cowboy tale and western theme that was so popular during the ’50s and ’60s era. Marty Robbins is one of the greatest country singers of all time and El Paso is one of the top country songs.
97) A Thousand Miles From Nowhere – Dwight Yoakam
Dwight Yoakam is a great country artist. He sounds like nobody else and brings a flair to his craft that nobody has ever had. Well known for the tightest jeans in the history of music, Dwight also recorded some great tunes over his run at the top of the country world. One of those songs was A Thousand Miles From Nowhere. The song is an easy grooving song. It’s country yet it’s its own breed of country. Dwight is one of a kind and still releases albums from time to time in between his movie appearances.
96) Walking The Floor Over You – Ernest Tubb
We go way back to the ’40s for this top country song. Walking The Floor Over You is perhaps Ernest Tubb’s most well known song. That’s impressive for a country act that’s had plenty of hits in his career. The song is known as the first honky tonk song. Not a bad recognition to invent an entire sub-genre. Walking The Floor Over You is still a great jukebox song and can be found available in most honky tonks across the country.
95) Like There Ain’t No Yesterday – Blackhawk
It’s hard to say that Blackhawk is an underrated country act, but you almost have to since they’re rarely included in the conversations of the best bands of all time. The trio had some big hits in the ’90s. Plus the songs Blackhawk put out are still popular on radio today. Like There Ain’t No Yesterday hit the #3 spot in during its late ’95 run and became one of the band’s biggest hits. The song remains popular today. The guys in Blackhawk had a unique sound and put out some of the top country songs of all time.
94) Set ‘Em Joe – Vern Gosdin
We just mentioned the great Walking The Floor Over You. Now it’s time to mention the song that mentions the former. Set ‘Em Up Joe by Vern Gosdin is one of the greatest country drinking songs of all time. Vern told the story of a guy needing a few drinks one night. He heads over to his favorite watering hole for a few beers and tells the bartender Joe to set ’em up and play his favorite song Walking The Floor. A great country song from one of the greatest voices in country history.
93) I Saw The Light – Wynonna Judd
Wynonna struck out on her own in the early ’90s after her mother took some time away from the country scene to care for herself. Wynonna broke out as as solo star immediately. Possibly her biggest hit of the time was I Saw The Light. The song is a soaring tune with plenty of Wynonna attitude as she sings about a woman finally seeing the light that her lover is cheating on her. It’s a great women song and one of the top country songs as well.
92) Heads Carolina, Tails California – Jo Dee Messina
A feisty red head broke out on to the country music scene like a shot in 1996 with her debut Heads Carolina, Tails California. Jo Dee Messina found one more top ten hit on her debut album and then rocketed to country superstardom with her second record, but it all started with that first hit. It was everywhere that year. Fans couldn’t get enough and kept requesting it. The song topped out at #2 on the charts and couldn’t quite make it to the top spot. The tune is about throwing things aside and enjoying life. It sure made fans feel that way. A top country hit from Jo Dee.
91) Better Life – Keith Urban
Usually the 4th single off an album isn’t the biggest, but that’s just what happened to Keith Urban with his hit Better Life. The song was released off the album Be Here in 2005 and the single shot straight to the top of the charts. Pop star Richard Marx co-wrote the song with Urban and it became a top country song. Urban’s music has always had great melodies mixed with some feel good lyrics and that is perhaps best represented in Better Life which is all about just that – living a better life.
90) Independence Day – Martina McBride
It only peaked at #12 on the charts, but 1994’s Independence Day is one of the top country songs of all time. The tune became a huge hit for small but powerful singer Martina McBride that year and it remains a fan favorite today. The powerful song covers the topic of domestic violence as told from the point of view of a young child caught up in the mess. It’s not a fun topic to cover for a country songs but fans took to it. That’s why it’s a top country song.
89) You’re Still The One – Shania Twain
In 1998, Shania Twain released the song You’re Still The One. For a couple years fans had looked awkwardly at Shania’s personal life especially her marriage to rock producer Mutt Lange. Shania was many years Lange’s junior and the marriage seemed a bit odd to those who looked from afar. Shania wrote the song You’re Still The One for Lange and it became one of her biggest hits. The tune is a true love song and remains a favorite romantic country songs for lovers everywhere. It’s a powerful emotion from a lady in love that seems to forever be a top country song. Even though the marriage didn’t work out in the end there is still hope for many others that love the song.
88) She’s In Love With The Boy – Trisha Yearwood
Not many country artists have a number one hit with their first single, but that’s just what Trisha Yearwood did back in 1991. Her debut single She’s In Love With The Boy shot straight to the top and has remained a fan favorite ever since. The catchy tune about a young girl and boy in love despite her Dad’s feelings about everything struck a chord with country fans. There is always something great about a love story where a couple makes it work despite the odds against them. That sentiment along with the great vocals of Yearwood is why this song is a top country song.
87) Did I Shave My Legs For This – Deana Carter
Deana Carter had quite the debut album in 1996. The title track to the album was Did I Shave My Legs For This. The song is a cry for help for a woman that seems to do everything for her man to no avail as he ignores her and lives his life like a selfish man. There must have been lots of women out there feeling the same way since the song became a huge hit. It only reached the top 30 on the charts, but remains a fan favorite for it’s light-hearted take on an emotion many are feeling. Who knows, maybe some men start paying attention when the song comes on the radio.
86) Something To Be Proud Of – Montgomery Gentry
Country duo Montgomery Gentry had a top hit in 2005 with their track Something To Be Proud Of. The tune is about having things to be proud of in live and after a career filled with big hits there is good reason why Montgomery Gentry named their Greatest Hits album after the song. The guys are still busy today releasing new music and touring the country with their rocking show. They’re giving fans good reason to be proud of country music. Eddy and Troy are making some great rocking country music and people are still loving it.
85) Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes – George Jones
George Jones had a career resurgence in the ’80s. During the decade of his 50s the country legend had a number of hits, but in 1985 he released a song that had extra meaning. Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes saw George asking the important question to everybody in country music. George listed off his buddies and fellow country legends and wondered if anybody would be able to replace them. There were a few that quickly followed including George Strait, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis and Garth Brooks among others, but people still remember the legends like the Red Headed Stranger named off in Jones’ track.
84) That Ain’t My Truck – Rhett Akins
Rhett Akins is well known now for being a successful songwriter in Nashville writing hits for other artists, but back in the ’90s he had a few big hits of his own. One of those hits was the classic That Ain’t My Truck. The song is about a guy that finds a new truck in the driveway of his former lover. He realizes that she’s moved on from him and he’s got no chance to win her back. It’s a sad song, but the catchy melody and the sing along lyrics have kept this song a favorite for fans still today. It’s truly a great country song.
83) Walk On Faith – Mike Reid
Former NFL defensive end Mike Reid is used an example of former football players that have had successful careers after NFL glory. Shortly after his career ended in the ’70s Mike took what once was a hobby and turned it into a full time job. Mike began writing songs and pitching them to country stars. He had a few recorded including a few major hits. In 1990, Reid had his first big hit as an artist with the song Walk On Faith. The guitar lick in the track is infectious and the lyrics are fun and positive. It’s a great song from one of the great success stories in country and NFL history.
82) What Hurts The Most – Rascal Flatts
No band was bigger in the ’00s than Rascal Flatts. Country fans really took to the pop-country act as they rolled out hit after hit for a decade. The guys are still going strong into their second decade. Probably their biggest hit to this point in their career was the crossover smash What Hurts The Most. The song was emotional, powerful, and certainly made an impact on the music scene. This song marked a career high for Rascal Flatts as they sold more albums and downloads than just about anyone else in country at the time. The song was a country hit in 2006 but it also became a huge pop and AC hit as well. Rascal Flatts is still going strong today and will likely continue finding success, but it will be difficult to surpass the success of What Hurts The Most.
81) What’s It To You – Clay Walker
This is one of my all time favorite songs so it probably gets a little unfair treatment in that regard, but it’s a catchy tune that infectious. It was Clay Walker‘s first single from way back in 1993 and it went on to reach the #1 spot on the charts. What’s It To You is still played on regular and classic country radio today. Clay is one of the great Latin-sounding country stars that really are talented and driven to succeed. He’s a great artist and his career got off to a great start with this top country song.