It’s quite possible that country music would not exist if it were not for the relations between men and women.
Country artists – particularly male country artists – have been writing and performing songs about woman since the beginning. The songs have covered every emotion a woman can take others through in life. There are songs about love, resilience, frustration, toughness, beauty, and every other wonder there is concerning the women in the world.
Let’s great right into the list of the best 50 songs about a woman in country music history…
50 Best Songs About a Woman
50) Tough – Craig Morgan
Craig Morgan is the twangy country singer that has strung together a strong resume of hits over his career. In 2007, Morgan had a #11 hit with the song dedicated to the woman in his life with Tough. The song tells the story about Craig’s wonder with how resilient his woman is. The hook of the song is that Morgan thought he was tough, but in reality he realizes that his wife is the one that takes whatever life gives her in stride and keeps things together. While Craig didn’t have a hand in writing the tune there is obviously much connection between the singer and the song. There are many men today that are pretty tough, but there are plenty of strong women out there that put up with a lot of things life has to throw at them…especially men.
49) God Love Her – Toby Keith
At the tail end of 2008, Toby Keith had his first gold single in 3 years with the song God Love Her. The song tells the story of a young woman, raised by a religious father, that falls in love with a bit of a rebel guy. The song is uptempo and rip-roaring as Toby lays down his aggressive style on the track. The song became a #1 hit for Toby as fans loved the story of the girl that falls in love with and changes the bad boy. It seems to be every woman’s dream to live this story so there is no doubting why Toby’s song connected with so many. The song’s melody is also catchy and fun to sing along with. For Toby Keith God Love Her is another great song in a long line of signature songs.
48) Waitin’ On A Woman – Brad Paisley
Originally released on his Time Well Wasted album, Brad Paisley released Waitin’ On A Woman as the 5th single off his album 5th Gear in 2008. The song would go on to be one of many #1 hits for Paisley. Waitin’ On A Woman became a favorite for both men and women as they connected with the song’s story of a guy spending much of his life waiting for the love of his life to join him in various activities. The hook of the song is that waiting for the wonderful women in the world is well worth it as the time spent together is what makes for the best memories. Men seem to love the song as they can relate to playing the waiting game and women seem to like the song because it gives a bit of reason for their ability to make men wait for them.
47) XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl) – Trisha Yearwood
Released at the end of 1994 as the lead off single from her Thinkin’ About You album, XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl) became a #1 hit for the wonderful Trisha Yearwood. The song would go on to become a signature song for Yearwood in a career that has seen many songs connect with millions of adoring fans. The song tells the story of a girl growing up with much ambition and drive to succeed in the world on her own terms. It’s the ultimate song for women everywhere that are living the American Dream of succeeding in life. The song is catchy and easy to sing along with as Trisha’s voice is accompanied by violins that serenade listeners throughout the song. In a list that will be dominated by men, Trisha earns a spot with her great tune XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl).
46) The Strong One – Clint Black
For Clint Black to record a song he had not written or co-written was a big step. Since his career took off in 1989, Clint had only recorded and released songs he had had a hand in writing. The formula was successful as Clint soared to the top of the country world immediately and sustained his success throughout the ’90s. However, in 2007 Clint recorded a song that was from outside songwriters. The song was The Strong One and it became Clint’s highest charting single in 4 years as it climbed into the top 40 on the charts. Clint knew the song was special and he had to record it. The Strong One tells the story about the love of woman that is strong in the way she conquers life. It’s a universal story that many can connect with and love. And for Clint Black, The Strong One remains a special mark in his successful career.
45) She’s Country – Jason Aldean
To kick off his third album, Jason Aldean released the heavy country rocking tune She’s Country. The song and album turned out to be a bit of a career album for Aldean. She’s Country went on to become a #1 song for Aldean. The video for the song featured many women that can be defined by their country lifestyle. From cowboy boots to a hard-working life, the women in the country world are strong, tough, and cool. She’s Country captured the style of these women and Jason Aldean put his mark on the song with hard working guitar chords and his unique vocals. Aldean’s career is just kicking into high gear and a main reason for his transition into stardom has been She’s Country. It may just become one of his signature songs when he gets time to look back on his career.
44) She Wouldn’t Be Gone – Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton’s career has been up and down for the past ten years. He broke out onto the scene in a big way in 2001 with his debut single Austin. Following singles were a mixed bag as some hit the top spot again and others found their way into the lower parts of the country singles charts. At the tail end of 2008 Blake had his first ever back to back #1 hit experience when his single She Wouldn’t Be Gone reached the top spot. The song would go on to become his 2nd gold single. The song is about a woman that got away as the narrator thinks about all the things he could have done to keep her. It’s a common feeling for men when they lose someone to think about how they got complacent in their relationships. Being a common theme among men the feelings have been put into many songs about great women that foolish men let get away. She Wouldn’t Be Gone is Blake’s take on the one that got away.
43) Hell On The Heart – Eric Church
By 2009, newcomer Eric Church had been steadily building his career as a rocking country rebel. After being kicked off a major Rascal Flatts tour Eric hit the road doing a series of rock club shows around the US. The strategy paid off as Eric built his fanbase of hardcore fans. As the latter part of 2009 kicked in Eric was riding high on the success of the 2nd single off his 2nd album. Hell On The Heart reached #10 on the country singles charts and became Eric’s 2nd top ten single in a row. The song is about a woman that is gorgeous, fun to be with, but that can be a bit of a burn on the heart at times. There is often trade-off when it comes to being with a wonderful woman. Eric Church captures that trade-off situation with one of his biggest singles to date Hell On The Heart.
42) All-American Girl – Carrie Underwood
Since winning American Idol, Carrie Underwood has ruled the country music world. She is perhaps the greatest female performer in country music history. All of her singles to date have reached the top spot of the singles chart save one (Don’t Forget To Remember Me). To kick off 2008 Carrie released the song All-American Girl. The song is a fun, uptempo tune about the life of a growing girl. The song follows the girl from childhood into adulthood. The tune serves as a reminder to all that girls in American truly are special for their many wonderful traits. Kind, beautiful, active with friends, family and community – the all-American girl label could easily fit the successful Underwood. The song reached #1 on the charts and is one of Carrie’s fans’ favorites thus far in her young career.
41) Whatever It Is – Zac Brown Band
Almost out of nowhere the Zac Brown Band shot onto the country music scene in late 2008 with their debut single Chicken Fried. The catchy tune went to #1 and vaulted the band into the forefront of the country world. As a follow-up to the debut single ZBB released the beautiful tune Whatever It Is. The song is about a woman in the life of the narrator. He isn’t quite sure what is so wonderful about her, but he knows he loves her and that means she has whatever it is that makes him feel special. Music has long been a way for typically reserved men to share their feelings about the women they love. Whatever It Is is a song that tells women what they so want to hear from the men in their lives – that they love them with all their hearts and they belong together.
40) Carlene – Phil Vassar
In 1999, country fans were introduced – or so they thought – to a piano man with enough country in him to turn heads. The debut song from Phil Vassar was Carlene and it caught the attention of country fans for its piano-based melody and the catchy lyrics that told the story about running into a girl from the past. Phil Vassar had seen big time success as a songwriter before Carlene shot into the top five in ’99-’00. The song launched Phil’s career that is still going strong today. A tune about running into a girl from high school about 10 or 20 years later, Carlene connected with fans for hitting on an emotion about guys that get the chance to have a do over with the girl they knew long ago. It seems like most guys have that woman in their lives and Phil Vassar was there to put the song to a catchy melody.
39) Right On The Money – Alan Jackson
In 1998, country legend Alan Jackson had yet another #1 hit with the Vassar-penned tune Right On The Money. The song is simple yet catchy country tune about a woman that is the best at melting cheese. There are many great things about many great women in the world, but Vassar and his writing partner captured a few of the simple things that make a woman right on the money. Combine those sentiments with the classic country voice of Alan Jackson and you have a surefire smash hit on your hands. While it’s not known as one of Alan’s biggest hits the song remains a favorite among many for being a simple love song about a wonderful woman.
38) Rainy Day Woman – Waylon Jennings
With a bit of frustration Waylon Jennings described a depressed and pessimistic woman when he sang Rainy Day Woman. The song reached #2 on the charts in 1975. There must have been a few guys out there that could relate to the song and Waylon was the perfect guy to deliver the tune to the masses. The song is filled with great melody from guitars and the powerful vocals of Waylon. We all know those people out there are looking for the rain in life rather than finding the glimmer of sunshine in each situation. It can make life difficult with these folks, but the optimists in all of us can overcome it. A great tune from Waylon from a great era in country music.
37) Queen of My Double Wide Trailer – Sammy Kershaw
Sammy Kershaw released one of his signature songs at the end of 1993 with Queen of My Double Wide Trailer. The song, written by songwriting legend Dennis Linde, became a smash hit that year and remains a favorite among country music fans. Queen of My Double Wide Trailer is about a guy falling in love with a simple gal. She’s the queen of his double wide and there is nothing he wants more than to keep her for his own. She can’t refuse even when running into the “Charlie Daniels of the torque wrench” (one of the greatest lines in country music history). The song is a favorite of Sammy fans and has stood the test of time. All these years later Sammy is still playing this song on tour. It’s fun to sing along with when it comes on the radio and that’s why generations of country fans have fallen in love with it.
36) Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On – Mel McDaniel
Mel McDaniel had his lone #1 hit with 1985’s Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On. The song is a fun tune about a woman that is looking damn good in her jeans. Many men know the feeling they get when they see a beautiful woman walking in front of them in jeans that fit just right. Add a catchy, fun melody with the country vocals of Mel McDaniel and you have the formula for a hit song. Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On remains a fan favorite today as it sees a good rotation on classic country radio stations. The song left its mark on country music by capturing the feeling many men get when they see a woman walking in those jeans.
35) Adalida – George Strait
For a guy as big in country music as George Strait there is no doubt that a few of his mega tunes would make this list. Adalida was a catchy number from Strait that entered the top three on the charts in early 1995. The song is memorable for its catchy chorus that involves the name of the interest in the song – Adalida. The narrator of the song proclaims his love for the Cajun Queen and Belle of the Bayou in the song as he belts out his feelings. Nobody can put the country spin on a song like King George and the lyrics fit the theme perfectly. Another classic from George, Adalida remains a favorite of fans even if it wasn’t one of George’s 50+ #1s.
34) Linda On My Mind – Conway Twitty
Country legend Conway Twitty had many number one hits in his career. One of those hits was about a woman named Linda. The song was Linda On My Mind and it became a signature song for the artist that had multiple signature career hits. The song is about a unique situation when a man falls in love with a good friend of his wife. He knows he isn’t entirely happy with his wife and that he loves Linda. By the end of the song the narrator is lying next to his wife and she is crying because even she has come to realize that he is lying there with Linda on his mind. Women can have a powerful effect on men. Linda was able to capture the heart of the narrator and he was forced to make a decision as a result of her influence. That’s one of the powers of a woman.
33) I Don’t Even Know Your Name – Alan Jackson
Alan Jackson has had quite the career. When folks become as successful as Alan there are sure to be friends and family doing a few song pitches. Most if not all of those songs will be a bit under par. Alan had a few family members that were suggesting the song title I Don’t Even Know Your Name and kept on pitching it. Alan finally sat down and wrote the song and gave the two family members songwriting credit. The song would go on to become a surprise #1 hit in 1995. The song is about a guy that meets a waitress he falls for only to later get a little intoxicated and accidentally marry a different waitress that isn’t such a prize. The song is a fun-nature song that fits right into the country mold. The poor waitress in the tune is the topic of the song and the poor gal can’t even get Alan to remember her name.
32) I’ll Still Be Loving You – Restless Heart
Country band Restless Heart had a huge career from the mid-’80s through the mid’90s. The band was known for mixing country music with the easy listening adult contemporary. The band’s harmonies and musicianship was unmatched at the time. Of their many hits one became a song that became a signature song for the group was a song about a woman. I’ll Still Be Loving You became a #1 hit in 1987. The song sees the narrator professing his love that will never end for the woman of his dreams. Restless heart captured the easy listening nature of the late ’80s in country music perfectly and I’ll Still Be Loving You remains a classic women love to hear and men love to play since it’ll always be difficult for men to say exactly how they feel.
31) She’s More – Andy Griggs
In 2000, a young pop-country singer came out with his ode to the woman in his life. She’s More became a #2 smash hit for Andy Griggs that spring and remains one of his biggest hits. The song sees the narrator singing about how the woman he’s with isn’t the woman he pictured in his dreams, but that she actually turned out to be more than he could have ever wished for. Men often fault on the side of not knowing exactly what they want. Andy Griggs found a song that realized the greatness of a woman he didn’t even realize was perfect for him until they were together. The song remains a favorite for couples that have found true love despite dreaming of something else.
30) She Let Herself Go – George Strait
It was #50 for George Strait. Not 50 singles. Not even 50 top tens. She Let Herself Go was George Strait’s 50th number one hit single on various country charts. The song is about a girl that has her significant other leave her and everyone expects her to let herself go. On the contrary she does let herself go but she heads out and lives life in a better way than when she was with the guy. So often guys can think they are the center of the world when they are with a great woman. Sometimes all women (and men) need is to get out of a situation in order to see the good things in life they have been missing all these years.
29) She’s Got It All – Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney has had two careers in country music up to this point. In the ’90s, Kenny was a rising country star that always seemed to be searching for his niche. In the ’00s he broke out into superstardom by singing songs about the island life as well as looking back fondly on the high school days. In the first part of his career Kenny released a catchy tune called She’s Got It All. The song is fun, uptempo, and fun to sing along with. The song became Kenny’s first number one hit at the end of 1997 and his career only grew from that point. The song has Kenny acting as the narrator describing all the great things about the woman he has his eye on. In his mind she’s got all the things that make for a wonderful gal. Country songs don’t have to have a clever hook or be overly complicated. Sometimes the simplest lyric with a fun melody can make for the best songs.
28) Lynda – Steve Wariner
During the ’80s, Steve Wariner was a hit making machine. During the decade Steve racked up hit after hit including a run of just under ten #1 hits. One of those top hits was 1987’s Lynda. The song was about the narrator just wanting a chance to fall in love with his dream girl – Lynda. The song is an uptempo rocking tune that fit perfectly along with the other country music of the ’80s. Sometimes a woman can get a hold of a guy and he can’t think about anything but her. Woman have that power over men. It’s not always a bad thing and if the two ever get together there is a chance for happiness.
27) Miss Emily’s Picture – John Conlee
The nasal-singer John Conlee scored a number of big hits during his run in country music from the ’70s and into the ’80s. Conlee was a fan favorite for his down home singing style and his expert ability to pick a simple yet classic country song. At the end of 1981 he released Miss Emily’s Picture and it climbed all the way to #2 on the charts. The song is about a guy that lost his lover to a breakup or a to something worse. The narrator goes through the day of waking up, heading to work, and eventually going to bed. He can’t get away from the thoughts of his lover. He still has pictures of her everywhere he goes. It’s a reminder of the hurt we all feel when we lose someone. Their memory is all around us. It takes time to heal brokenhearted wounds and if the woman is special it can be even more difficult.
26) Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold) – Dan Seals
Dan Seals was one of a few successful Seal family members. Originally, Dan saw success on the pop charts in England Dan & John Ford Coley. The two had a few hit records in the ’70s. By the early ’80s though Dan was on his own and taking over the country world. The song about a Dad and daughter left by their mom who went out to tour the rodeo circuit Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold) was released in 1986 and would go on to reach the #1 spot. The song was one of nine straight number one singles for Seals. Everything That Glitters was a ballad about a woman that yielded to the call of the rodeo more than family. It’s a sad song and one with a lesson for any parent.
25) She’s Not The Cheatin’ Kind – Brooks & Dunn
By the time Brooks & Dunn prepared to release their 3rd album they had become country superstars. The duo’s first two albums had sold mega-millions while yielding ten top hits on the singles charts. The debut single from the guys’ 3rd album was released in 1994. She’s Not The Cheatin’ Kind is a song about a woman that has been scorned by cheaters in the past. The woman heads out to find out if she’s still attractive to other guys, but she can’t bring herself to cheat like her boyfriend. In the end it’s too late for the cheating boyfriend and the woman leaves. The song has the feel of a great Brooks & Dunn song and remains a favorite among fans. Brooks & Dunn helped define a the great ‘90s country music era and She’s Not the Cheatin’ Kind is one example of the songs those guys put out.
24) Fast Movin’ Train – Restless Heart
The guys of Restless Heart racked up top hits and gold albums in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Their easy listening brand of country music was a big hit with country fans. In 1990, the guys released the single Fast Movin’ Train and it climbed all the way into the top five on the charts. The groove and sound of the song is still unique in country music. The song has a great piano along with the tight musicianship of all the band members. The chorus is powerful as the narrator tells the story of a one night stand he has with a ‘fast movin’ train’. A great song that still sounds fresh today. You don’t hear many five-part harmony chorus songs much anymore. It’s great stuff and if you haven’t heard it give it a listen.
23) She’s Every Woman – Garth Brooks
In 1995 Garth Brooks released his sixth album Fresh Horses. The album didn’t fare as well as his previous efforts despite selling well by normal standards. The album also yielded some big hits including the debut #1 hit She’s Every Woman. The song sees the narrator discussing the woman he’s with. She’s everything he could have ever dreamed about and wanted. If you’ve ever been in love you know what Garth is singing about in this song. There is a euphoria that overcomes you when you fall in love with the person that is perfect for you.
22) I’m Not Supposed To Love You Anymore – Bryan White
In 1995, Bryan White was on top of the country world. He had a following of loving fans. Teenagers and adults alike all were drawn to the talent and ability Bryan displayed with his songs. He had two number one hits in ’95 and it all led up to the release of his sophomore album in 1996. The lead-off single from the album was I’m Not Supposed to Love You Anymore. The song about a woman that Bryan isn’t supposed to be with anymore climbed all the way to #4 on the charts spurring sales of the album Between Now and Forever. A sad song about a guy losing the woman of his dreams is another sad tale in the world of loving and losing.
21) What Mattered Most – Ty Herndon
In 1995, an unknown country singer entered the scene with a wordy song about a woman that he let get away. Ty Herndon told CMT the story of the song What Mattered Most. He arrived in Nashville and began listening to tunes with producer Doug Johnson. Johnson presented the song, but thought it was too wordy. Herndon disagreed and thought the lyrics made the song unique. The two cut the record and it was released. The song shot straight up the charts all the way to #1 and became a country classic that year. The song is remains popular today. The story of a guy that lost the perfect girl resonates still today. The narrator in the song new all the little details about the girl, but he never paid attention to what mattered most – her dreams.
20) Rebecca Lynn – Bryan White
After two singles that failed to make a large impression on the country charts, Bryan White burst onto the scene with his 3rd single. After Someone Else’s Starpeaked, Bryan released the single Rebecca Lynn. The song is about two kids falling in love. The sweet song includes some great imagery like playing kick the can and ring-a-round the rosy. Bryan White’s sweet vocals fit the story perfectly and the song climbed all the way to #1 in 1995. The song remains a favorite on radios today.
19) Norma Jean Riley – Diamond Rio
In 1992, country group Diamond Rio released the fourth 4th single from their debut album. Norma Jean Riley was co-written by the band’s keyboardist Dan Truman. The song is about a young boy falling for a young girl named Norma Jean Riley. The story plays out so the two actually do fall in love. The beauty of the song is in the chorus. The song is unbelievably catchy. You can catch kids and adults both singing along to the chorus.
Everybody says ‘fool, fool’ nothin’ you can do never gonna see her with the likes of you…
The song reached #2 on the charts and remains a fan favorite as the band continues touring.
18) My Maria – Brooks & Dunn
To kick off ’96 and a new album Brooks & Dunn recorded a country classic and put their own spin on things. My Maria became a sensation that year for the duo and remains a signature song for the guys. While the song is simple in lyric, the vocal hooks lead singer Ronnie Dunn added to the track made people fall in love with the song about a girl named Maria. The song became a #1 hit in ’96 and further enhanced Brooks & Dunn as country music legends. As the guys were closing out there time as a duo in 2010 My Maria was frequently a fan favorite as they requested for the guys to play the song one last time together live. Luckily we’ll be able to listen to the recorded version on radio and on our own for many years to come.
17) If I Could Make a Living – Clay Walker
Back in 1993, a young energetic country singer from Texas emerged on the scene with a hit debut album and 4 hit singles – 3 of which went #1. Clay Walker found enormous success with his debut effort and it would have been difficult to top that on the sophomore album for most artists. Clay was able to pull off the feat. He recorded an Alan Jackson co-penned tune and released it as the debut single from his second album. If I Could Make a Living went on to reach the top spot on the country singles chart and remains a Clay Walker classic. The song is about a guy that loves a particular woman so much that he thinks he’d be a millionaire if he could earn his keep simply by loving her. The song was uptempo, fun, and catchy. The sing along tune remains a timeless classic today and one of the best songs about a woman.
16) Thank God For You – Sawyer Brown
The energetic and hard-working band Sawyer Brown had a string of huge hits in the early and mid-’90s. In 1993, the group had a #1 hit with Thank God For You. The song kicked off a high period in the band’s career. The tune is uptempo and a fan favorite in the energy packed Sawyer Brown live show. Thank God For You has the narrator saying thanks to all the people in his life for the things he has. He thanks many people for the things in his life but he knows he has to thank God for the greatest thing in his life – his woman. A classic song about a woman, Thank God For You remains a radio staple. When it comes on the radio everybody gets their feet tapping and their car voices into high gear.
15) Somebody Like You – Keith Urban
Keith Urban’s first album was a huge success. Four hit singles and a million albums sold made for a great debut for the Aussie artist. It wasn’t until his American sophomore effort that Keith Urban became a mega country star. To kick off the album Keith released the huge hit Somebody Like You. Laced with a ganjo intro and lyrics about loving a girl Keith took over the landscape of country music and fans flocked from all genres. The song had a relatively simple lyric, but was about a specific girl yet all the woman out there thought Keith was singing just to them. And he may have been. Nobody loves their fans more than Keith Urban. He gets right up in the stands during his live shows. That’s one of the reasons he’s been the Entertainer of the Year. Somebody Like You was a huge hit in 2002 and remains a classic song today.
14) Mama Tried – Merle Haggard
You know we couldn’t get through this list without a song about mama. Merle Haggard wrote the ultimate rebel song. Mama Tried became a #1 hit in 1968. The song was about a rebel young man that couldn’t stay out of trouble. Despite having a mama that was a saint the guy just kept finding his way into trouble. He was a rebel by nature and despite a loving mama that tried to raise him right he just kept finding himself on the wrong side of every decision. There are many great mamas out there that have many rebel sons and daughters. Today the song still has an impact on new generations. I remember sitting at the table playing poker one night when Mama Tried came on the radio. My uncle looked at his cards then looked at the radio. He said, “I always liked this song.” That may seem like nothing, but to know my uncle is to know that the song fits well. And that’s what great country music is about.
13) Wild One – Faith Hill
Sticking with the wild child theme Faith Hill took country music fans on a ride with her debut single in 1993 and 1994. Wild One went to #1 on the charts and stole the hearts of wild daughters all over the country. The song was about a young girl growing up with wide eyes and big dreams. Her daddy told her she could do anything and be anybody. That is usually the best advice a parent can give to their kid. Faith Hill went on to have a huge career and is still going strong while raising a family with fellow country superstar Tim McGraw. Faith Hill seems like a former wild one that is only beginning to realize her wildest dreams.
12) The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song) – George Jones
The legendary George Jones has recorded so many hits songs in his career that it’s likely he’s covered just about every topic, theme, and emotion there is to be experienced in life. In 1985, George took a lighthearted approach to making music about a woman. The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song) first comes off as a song about a gentleman admiring the narrator’s car. The two guys go on to discuss the beauty of the one. It isn’t until the end of the song when everybody realizes the guy was talking about the brunette in the car with the narrator. The effects women have on men…it’s a powerful pull.
11) I Still Believe In You – Vince Gill
How often to guys get caught up in a relationship and not realize they’re doing all the thinking about themselves while leaving the one they love out to dry? Woman need their fair share of attention and rightly so. Vince Gill hit that emotion with perfection in 1992 with I Still Believe In You. The song went on to become a huge hit and Vince continued his domination of country music throughout the ’90s. The song about knowing you wronged a sweet girl is a crushing feeling especially if you lost that girl. Don’t take her for granted guys. Believe in her while you’re still together.
10) It’s Your Song – Garth Brooks
In 1998, Garth Brooks released the biggest selling live album of all time. Double Live is certified for shipping over 20 million albums. The lone single from the collection was a song that became a tribute to Brooks’ mother (he didn’t write the track). Mamas have a special impact on their kids. Garth gave credit to his mom often for influencing him and encouraging his enormous success. Garth became a superstar in the ’90s and 1998 was a huge year for the rocking country artist. It’s Your Song proved to be a huge hit as Brooks let all of his fans know how much he loved his mom. It’s a great song that is truly one of the best songs about a woman.
9) Jolene – Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton wrote about a woman trying to take her man and the resulting song became a #1 hit for her in 1973. Jolene became a sensation in country music as women flocked to listen to the song from the rising country and business superwoman. Dolly Parton is a storytelling performer and she’s written some of the greatest songs in country music history. Jolene remains an influence on multiple generations. It’s often covered, but none of the new recordings come close to the way Dolly was able to tell the story of the sneaky Jolene that was trying to take her man.
8) Amanda – Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings had a long and successful career in country music. In 1979 he released one of his biggest hits Amanda. The song about a country singer that loves a good woman became a huge hit for the outlaw. The song’s story saw the guy thinking he wasn’t good enough for his Amanda. While he’s still wearing his jeans and playing music he knows that perhaps Amanda deserved someone that would stay home. Many man feel like they aren’t good enough for the great women of the world. Those women are usually tough and resilient enough to withstand everything men can throw at them. Waylon is a legend and Amanda is a great song about a woman.
7) Vidalia – Sammy Kershaw
Sammy Kershaw was a major star by the time he released Vidalia in 1996. The song only reached #10 on the charts, but the impact of the song goes beyond any peak chart position. Vidalia was clever, catchy, and fun. Fans loved it for the undeniably catchy chorus. Sammy is still out touring each year and he says the song is on of the favorites among fans of all ages. Vidalia remains a staple on radio and continues catching the attention of everyone when it comes through the speakers. Vidalia is about a girl named Vidalia that always makes the narrator cry. And who would name a girl after a delicious onion? That was the catch of the song and one of the reasons everybody got it back in ’96.
6) Lucille – Kenny Rogers
Every major artist has their career start with one song, one major hit that introduces them to scores of fans. For Kenny Rogers that song was Lucille. The song became Kenny’s first number one song as a solo artist in 1977. Rogers would go on to have one of the most successful careers in country music history. Lucille started it all. The song is about a woman that was leaving her husband for the narrator of the song. It was an interesting perspective on an all too common occurrence in the world. The song was a huge hit back during its initial run and influenced many.
5) Don’t Take The Girl – Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw’s breakout hit may have been Indian Outlaw, but it was the second single release from his second album that made him a country star. Don’t Take the Girl was a song about a guy showing so much love for a single girl that he was willing to give up everything in the world as long as he could remain with his girl. The story takes listeners through various situations including a robbery and death and all along McGraw sings his heart out about not wanting to lose the girl. The lyrics introduced more country fans to Jimmy Johnson and Tommy Thompson. Even the best friend Bo was included. The song became a smash in 1994 and remains a fan favorite today. Don’t Take The Girl is a song everybody sings along with when it’s on the radio. And that is a true sign of a song that left its mark.
4) Give It Away – George Strait
In 2006, George Strait released another memorable song that would go on to reach the top spot on the charts as well as winning awards for being the best song of the year. Give It Away was co-written by fellow country singer Jamey Johnson. When accepting an award Jamey thanked his ex-wife for inspiring the story about a couple breaking up and not wanting any of their old stuff. It was a tongue-in-cheek kind of song. The melody and music weren’t necessarily sad and that’s what seemed to have fans falling in love with the tune.
3) Always On My Mind – Willie Nelson
Always On My Mind had been recorded previously before Willie Nelson released his hit version in 1982. Elvis Presley had in fact recorded the song a few years earlier. That didn’t stop Willie’s version from becoming a #1 country hit and a top five pop hit. The song is about a guy not treating a woman the way she deserved to be treated. So often after a woman leaves a guy the reasons for the break up become obvious. Country songs have been written on this topic since the beginning, but Willie’s version connected well with people all over and the result is a classic country song that seems forever timeless.
2) He Stopped Loving Her Today – George Jones
In early 1980 it seemed unlikely that 50 year old George Jones would ever find the top of the country charts again. The Possum had been out of the top five for a few years and was struggling in his personal life as well. That all changed when the released what has become his signature song. He Stopped Loving Her Today went #1, won multiple awards, and revitalized the career of the greatest country music singer of all time. The song is about a guy that is in love with a woman so much that he never stops thinking about her until you find out that he has passed away. Death was the only thing that could stop his love for the woman that meant so much to him. It’s another example of the power a woman can have on a man.
1) Good Hearted Woman – Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
Good ‘ol boys Waylon and Willie recorded a tribute to the good women out there and released it as a single in 1976 from their Wanted! The Outlaws legendary album. Good Hearted Woman became an anthem for the men that put their women through tough times. Those wonderful women seem to put up with their guys as a show of good heart. It’s not fair and women need to live their lives as well. The song changed a lot of things in country music including the fact that it started a change in direction for the genre. It was also an acknowledgment from Waylon and Willie that men are usually the ones wrong in most situations.