Over the last 50 years or so, the sounds of country music have certainly evolved, but there are a few OK, more than a few songs that will always be genre classics. Iconic artists like Dolly Parton , Kenny Rogers , and George Strait paved the way for others like Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire to follow, which provides a well-rounded gallery of music to consider for our top 20 country songs of all time. Yes, somehow, we managed to narrow them down to And basically every other Cash song! This Wynette hit is as controversial as it is popular. It released with his debut, self-titled album, and, according to Rolling Stone , quickly became his second number one hit. A number one hit for Dolly Parton is automatically a number one hit for us. In her Netflix series Heartstrings , the singer revealed that she wrote the catchy tune about a bank teller who fancied her husband.
24. ‘There’s Your Trouble’ By Dixie Chicks
What makes a great country song? It has to have a melody that just makes you want to sing along and lyrics that mean something. Parton wrote and recorded it in as a farewell to her former partner and mentor, Porter Wagoner, before she embarked on a solo career. In , Parton serenaded Wagoner with the song on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, to help celebrate his 50th anniversary as an Opry member. The song was a huge commercial success and has actually reached No. The best-selling female band of all time — of any genre — as well as the best-selling country group in the U. They were just friends at the time; five years later, they were together.
25. ‘I Will Always Love You’ By Dolly Parton
While there are charts that strictly rank country music alone, these are the songs that have performed the best among all popular music. Points were awarded for each week the song spent on the Hot chart, and points were awarded also based on the rank the song reached. The more points a song received overall, the more popular it was considered. Grammer collaborated with country music group Eli Young Band to ensure that the tune had enough twang to appeal to country as well as pop crowds.
Born from blues and folk, the country music genre has generated countless hits over the past several decades. From sad songs about mourning and loss, to funny country songs sure to make you laugh; from classic country beach tunes to romantic ballads, there's something for everyone when it comes to country music. But these 70 iconic country jams, from old Hank Williams and Patsy Cline tracks to more modern melodies with staying power Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" will never get old , top our list of the best country songs of all time.