10 Best Old Country Songs

To listen to the best 10 old Country songs you must travel way back before Country music was cool. Remember vinyl records? Jukeboxes? The best Country tunes were noted for their sweet melodies, heart-wrenching ballads and memorable hooks. Love songs, sad songs and clap-your-hand songs, bet you’ll recognize the titles if not a few of the lyrics as well.

  1. “Crazy” Patsy Cline. This was the #1 jukebox hit of all time. Lovely ballad written by Willie Nelson. Patsy’s soulful crying-style voice carved this classic love song as one of the best old Country songs of all time.
  2. I Will Always Love You” Dolly Parton. A great song is one that can be remixed and become a #1 hit on the Billboard charts twice. Dolly wrote and sang this song back in the 70s. In the 90s Whitney Houston remixed the tune for the movie, “My Bodyguard” turned it into one of the best Popular hits ever.
  3. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” Hank Williams. Written by Hank holds one of the most memorable hooks in the chorus in Country music. This heavy-hearted tune belted as one of the best ten old time Country singles of all time.
  4. Stand By Your Man” Tammy Wynette. Written by Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill. Considered as Wynette’s biggest hits ever and #1 on CMT list for best 100 Country songs of all time. 
  5. “Ring Of Fire” Johnny Cash. Co-written by Johnny’s wife June Carter and Merle Kilgore. Not only one of the best old Country songs but Cash’s greatest hit single.
  6. Coal Miner’s Daughter” Loretta Lynn. Autobiographical song written by Loretta and dubbed as her signature song. Her story turned into a movie for television played by Sissy Spacek.
  7. Take Me Home, Country Roads" John Denver. This Country boy loved singing and writing his own music. This single from Denver's hit album, “Poems, Prayers and Promises.”
  8. “The Gambler” Kenny Rogers. Written by Don Shiltz won Kenny a Grammy award for Best Male Country Performance. The chorus lyrically is all about poker but the song is a metaphor about life.
  9. Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson. Written by Ed Bruce and Patsy Bruce. This duet by Jennings and Nelson climbed the Billboard charts to #1. You can’t have a best 10 Country song countdown without a duet or song about cowboys. Here you get them both.
  10. You Were Always On My Mind” Willie Nelson. Written by Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson Thompson. This love song earned Willie a Grammy.

Country Music Television regards these songs as part of the greatest 100 Country Hits of all time. The song's timeless melodies and memorable soul-searching lyrics initiate them as the 10 best old Country songs you’ll ever hear. Once you've listened to the chorus of these Country singles you won't be able to get the music out of your head, they're that good.

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