Country music is one of the oldest of the music genres in the United States. Over its long history it has produced a number of unforgettable songs. Check out this list of the best popular country songs of all time. There is nothing better than popping in one of these classic country songs, cracking open a few beers and basking in the music that helped to define America.
5. “Your Cheatin’ Heart” – Hank Williams, Sr.
This is one of the most wildly popular country songs of all time. Hank Williams, Sr. is the godfather of country music, and he pioneered the now familiar country music theme of troubled love. This is the perfect song for someone going through a breakup, but it goes down well any other time, too.
4. “Crazy” – Patsy Cline
If Hank Williams, Sr. is the godfather of country music, then Patsy Cline is definitely the godmother. She has many songs that could have made this list, but “Crazy” is by far her most popular song ever. The power of her voice is simply magical. This is a song that has the power to make the toughest of grown cowboys cry. Her husky voice really makes the song. Many other artists have covered this country classic, but none of them come close to displaying the power that Cline’s voice brings to her rendition.
3. “I Walk the Line” – Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash was the artist that really ushered in the modern era of country music. Combining the energy of rock and roll with the traditional themes of country music, Cash paved the way for the big time country musicians that play shows that are more rock concert than traditional country. “I Walk the Line” was Cash’s first hit, and it has all that tremendous energy that he would deliver throughout his long career.
2. “Stand by Your Man” – Tammy Wynette
This song is Wynette’s biggest hit of her career, and it is one of those classic country tunes that inspire sing-alongs by crowds in bars. This was one of the songs that helped to make female country stars just as big as their male counterparts. Try to find a wedding reception with guests in cowboy hats that doesn’t play this song. This is one of the great romantic songs in country music.
1. “Friends in Low Places” – Garth Brooks
Written by perhaps the biggest star in country music history, “Friends in Low Places” is the ultimate sing-along country song of all time. There isn’t a country bar in the country that doesn’t have this song on the jukebox, and it is featured on 90% of the other jukeboxes in the country, too. Every time it plays there is sure to be a raucous crowd singing along.
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