The top country love songs are filled with the good, the bad and the ugly. That's because the best country music is blunt, if nothing else. These are plain speaking country folk, after all. However, that does not mean they're not also great songs, so lets explore them a little deeper.
- "Crazy" – Patsy Cline. It was a clean cut Willie Nelson that wrote this big song for Patsy Cline. The arrangement on it is beautiful. It is both pop and honky-tonk, which is a tough sonic balance to achieve.
- "Stand By Your Man" – Tammy Wynette. Maybe you've seen the Blues Brothers' version of this song in that big screen film. Erase that from your mind! This is a lovely 'countrypolitan' song, which features one of country music's greatest voices.
- "Forever and Ever, Amen" – Randy Travis. Randy Travis has a great, deep voice, and this song of devotion just always sounds great. It's kind of a barbershop talk approach to love and romance, where men talk about how much they love their women.
- "Golden Ring" – George Jones &Tammy Wynette. The wedding ring symbolizes unending love. However, we all know that some marriages just don't last quite that long. This song speaks about that exact piece of jewelry.
- "How Do I Live" – LeAnn Rimes. This lyric ask a question nobody ever wants to pose. How does one live without 'the one' in their life? It's a sad place to be, and LeAnn Rimes nails the emotion perfectly.
- "Sweet Dreams (Of You)" – Patsy Cline. We may not want any more reality shows, but when it comes to love, we want the real thing. We do not want to merely dream about love. Sadly, that's what Patsy Cline is doing in this great old song.
- "Behind Closed Doors" – Charlie Rich. Whereas rap and R&B songs might give you a blow-by-blow description of what goes on in the bedroom, this song by country music's 'Silver Fox' takes a much more subtle approach. What goes on behind closed doors? It's none of your darn business!
- "He Stopped Loving Her Today" – George Jones. This is a sad, sad song. The guy said he'd love a woman till the day he died. So when the song talks about him stopping loving her, it's actually saying he's passed on. Nobody does severely sad like George Jones. Nobody.
- "I Can't Stop Loving You" – Ray Charles. People may not immediately link Ray Charles to country music, but the man recorded wonderful country music, as well as nearly single-handed-ly inventing soul music. This is a fine example of soulful country music.
- "That's the Way Love Goes" – Merle Haggard. Sometimes a guy just needs to stand back and look at love from a distance. That's what the amazing Merle Haggard does with this fine song.
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