10 Best American Country Songs

Country music tells stories of simple times, of loss and love and the good old boys, and that is why the 10 best American country songs speak so well to multiple generations of middle America. Whether the songs lament a lost love or describe what a true country boy is supposed to be, these songs are the best that this truly original American music style are meant to be.

  1. "He Stopped Loving Her Today" – George Jones – George Jones released this song in 1980 and it quickly rose to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard country charts, remaining one of the best American country songs. The song tells the story of a man betrayed by his woman but continues to love her until the day he died.
  2. "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" – Hank Williams, Sr. – Hank Sr. released this song in 1949 and it has been covered over a dozen times since. It remains one of the best American country songs and is the second oldest song listed on the “Rolling Stones” countdown of the greatest songs of all time by any genre.
  3. "The Dance" – Garth Brooks – Garth Brooks is the best selling country music artist of all time and his signature song, one of the best American country songs of all time, is “The Dance.” The song has a double meaning, both a story of love gone bad and a song about heroes who died for their dreams.
  4. "I Walk The Line" – Johnny Cash – Recorded in 1956, “I Walk the Line” is the seminal Johnny Cash song, one of the best American country songs. The song hit No. 1 on the country music charts and No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Cash re-recorded the song four times over his career.
  5. "Mama Tried" – Merle Haggard – Recorded in 1968, “Mama Tried” is one of Merle Haggard’s greatest songs, winning a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999. The song details the pain he caused his own mother when he was imprisoned in 1957, remaining one of the best American country songs ever released.
  6. "Coal Miner's Daughter" – Loretta Lynn – Loretta Lynn released “Coal Miner’s Daughter” as an autobiographical song about her life growing up in Kentucky. The song remains one of the best American country songs, Lynn’s signature hit and the song that her cinematic biopic was named after.
  7. "Always On My Mind" – Willie Nelson– “Always on My Mind” originally was recorded in 1971 and was remade by both Elvis Presley but Willie Nelson’s version remains one of the best American country songs ever made. Nelson recorded the song in 1982 and went on to win three Grammy awards.
  8. "Stand By Your Man" – Tammy Wynette – Released as a single in 1968, “Stand by Your Man” remained No. 1 for three straight weeks on country music charts and remains one of the best American country songs of all time. The song made Tammy Wynette a superstar.
  9. "Forever And Ever, Amen" – Randy Travis – “Forever and Ever, Amen” was Randy Travis’ third No. 1 song from his debut album, “Always and Forever.” The song remains one of the best American country songs, making Travis a star and winning him his first Grammy award in 1987.
  10. "Rocky Top" – The Osborne Brothers – Many people know this song as the school fight song for the Tennessee Volunteers. “Rocky Top” was originally recorded in 1967 and tells the story of a former country boy lamenting the simpler times when he lived in the country, one of the best American country songs of the south.
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