The 10 Best Inspirational Country Songs reflect that Inspirational or Gospel Christian country music has the common theme of thanks or praise to God as well as teaching some type of encouragement or reflection on life's happenings. Even the sad songs have an element of uplifting as part of their lyrics.
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- "He Didn't Have To Be", sung by Brad Paisley on his album, "Who Needs Pictures", which was his 1999 debut album. His best friend and co-writer's stepson, who attended the 2000 ACM Awards as the guest of Paisley, was the inspiration for this beautiful song. The stepson was treated wonderfully as soon as his mother began dating his stepfather. The stepson, as a grown man, is at the hospital awaiting the birth of his son. Standing next to his stepfather, he hopes that he can be "at least half the dad" that his stepfather "didn't have to be".
- "Holes in the Floor of Heaven" by Steve Wariner is a song that says it all in its lyrics: Telling of his grandma passing away, he wrote that her tears were pouring down through holes in the floor of heaven.
- "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack was a 2000 major crossover single and was #1 on the Billboard Country Chart and in the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100. It also won many country music awards and was sung in 2004 at the Republican National Convention when George W. Bush was nominated for a second term.
- "One More Day" by Diamond Rio reached the top of the country charts .It was popular after the death of NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt and was later a tribute to those who died at 9/11.
- "Three Wooden Crosses" by Randy Travis was the CMA song of the year in 2003. It is a sad song about three deaths and yet inspirational in talking about what you leave behind you when you go.
- "Wish You Were Here" was Mark Wills' best-selling album, and the single became his first Number One country hit in 1999.
- "My List" by Toby Keith was from his album "Pull My Chain" where he co-wrote 9 of the 12 songs. This song is a reminder that we need to make time for the ones we love even though we have other things we need to do.
- "Live Like You Were Dying" was Tim McGraw's 23rd #1 single. The lesson here is to live your life to the fullest, not only when you learn that you have a serious illness, but every day.
- "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts is a shining example that promotes encouragement. Among their many awards has been the top vocal group at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
- "Angels In Waiting" was Tammy Cochran's first Top 10 single in 2001. It was devoted to her two older brothers who died early in their lives from Cystic Fibrosis