10 Most Famous Country Songs
It might not be mainstream, but every now and then everyone loves a little bit of country, and here are the 10 most famous country songs. Hang onto your saddles as we celebrate the best that country music has to offer (and that is quite a lot).
- "Crazy" by Patsy Cline. This song is absolutely beautiful. Tragically, Cline died young, but her voice is one that is so recognizable, it could never be forgotten. It's like velvet. You're crazy if you don't know and don't love this song.
- "He Stopped Loving Her Today" by George Jones. This song is a true classic.Check any list of top country songs, and you will find this is at the top. It's depressing, touching, and heart-felt, the recipe for a well known country song.
- "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash. Everyone knows this song and that was before the movie came out. Johnny Cash brought something different and a little darker, and it worked.
- "Coal Miner's Daughter" by LorettaLynn.This is true country. It is a well told narrative about the hardships of growing up poor and working in the coal mines. Thanks to the movie, and even before it, everyone knows "the first lady of country", and this song defines her.
- "Always on my Mind" by Willie Nelson. There are not many songs more touching than this one. Willie has a one-of-a-kind voice, and he personifies country. Guaranteed, if you're thinking of the 10 most well known country songs, this one is "on your mind."
- "Your Cheatin' Heart" by Hank Williams, Sr. Here are the roots of country; the inspiration for most who followed. And what could be more country than a cheater?
- "Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim McGraw. Everyone experiences death, and Tim McGraw has put this experience into words. If you can listen to this song without welling up, then you aren't human, and if you don't know this song, you don't know country.
- "The Dance" by GarthBrooks. Garth Brooks is one of the most recognizable names in country, and he has many well known country songs. But there is one that stands out: "The Dance;" it is about pain and suffering, but enduring it in order to truly live. Pure poetry.
- "I will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton. Whitney might have sang it well, but everyone knows that Dolly Parton sang it first.
- "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"by The Charlie Daniels Band. "Urban Cowboy" need we say more? Ok, maybe everyone didn't see that movie, but everyone knows this song. It is a great narrative with a theme as universal as they come. Admit it, you were rooting for the devil.
Posted on: Oct. 24, 2010