Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Classic Country songs of all time 2017, Country music has been around about as long as people have been making music commercially for sale. The genre has always been one that a large portion of the world could relate to, and so it is no surprise that over the years it has been split up into numerous sub-genres. What used to be the original country music songs have now been deemed Classic Country. Below you will find the very best of songs that were ever written period, but most certainly the ten best Classic Country songs that were ever composed.
- #10. “I Saw The Light” – Hank Williams – Hank Williams Sings (1951)
- #9. “Always On My Mind” – Willie Nelson – Always On My Mind (1982)
- #8. “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” – Charlie Daniel’s Band – Million Mile Reflections (1979)
- #7. “Jolene” – Dolly Parton – Jolene (1974)
- #6. “The Gambler” – Kenny Rogers – The Gambler (1978)
- #5. “(Take Me Home) Country Roads” – John Denver – Poems, Prayers & Promises (1971)
- #4. “I Walk The Line” – Johnny Cash – With His Hot and Blue Guitar (1957)
- #3. “Hello Darlin’” – Conway Twitty – Hello Darlin’ (1970)
- #2. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” – George Jones – I Am What I Am (1980)
- #1. “Mama Tried” – Merle Haggard – Mama Tried (1968)
Here we present the list of top 10 best Classic Country songs of all time 2017.
#10. “I Saw The Light” – Hank Williams – Hank Williams Sings (1951)
There is always a place in the discussion of top Classic Country artists for Hank Williams. His contributions to music and the mysterious death well before his career would have ebbed out naturally, have always given the artist an allure for those looking to delve more deeply into the genre. Classic Country simply would not be complete without some of this artist’s most iconic songs, the most memorable of which were “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, “Hey Good Lookin’”and “I Saw the Light”. The reason that “I Saw the Light” edged out the other tracks is the heavy use of the song even to this day through Christian services, funerals and weddings.
#9. “Always On My Mind” – Willie Nelson – Always On My Mind (1982)
Nothing says Country music quite like a little heartbreak. More than even this, Willie Nelson has always been deemed a significant staple of what is now deemed Classic Country music. His single “Always On My Mind” would be among his biggest hits, though never quite reaching the heights of songs like “On The Road Again” and his collaborative effort with Waylon Jennings “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys”. The song that made the list better personified the Classic Country sound, and has become a reconciliation track for Country fans for almost 35 years. What seemed hopeless and doomed to fail can always be saved at least in part, if you stay on each other’s minds.
#8. “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” – Charlie Daniel’s Band – Million Mile Reflections (1979)
This is perhaps one of the most widely recognized tracks in all of Classic Country. Charlie Daniel’s and the incredible fiddling that would take center stage throughout this iconic song would forever solidify the track as one of the greatest songs that have ever been written period. The story of the song is of a boy that is approached by the Devil to have a contest between the two over who is able to fiddle the best. If the boy wins, he gets a “shiny fiddle made of gold” but if he loses, the Devil can take Johnny’s soul. Both of the best fiddle solos in all of country music are showcased within this same song, and its lasting popularity has guaranteed it a spot on this top 10 songs list.
#7. “Jolene” – Dolly Parton – Jolene (1974)
There is nothing quite like a song from one woman to another, begging her not to try and take your man. The kind of desperation in Dolly Parton’s voice throughout the song kind of lends to the overall emotion of the song. Jolene is apparently the best looking woman in town, and most known for being a man stealer from committed couples. Parton pleads throughout the song for Jolene just to leave her man alone, even though Parton knows that Jolene is who her man really wants instead.
#6. “The Gambler” – Kenny Rogers – The Gambler (1978)
Getting life advice from an old poker player might not seem like the best course of action for most people, but for Kenny Rogers, it is enough for him to write one of the greatest Classic Country songs of all time. “The Gambler” tells the story of a man who encounters an elderly poker player who has had a very hard life. For sharing his whiskey with the man, the singer gets some lasting words of wisdom that he can apply in all areas of his life. “You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, and know when to run.”
#5. “(Take Me Home) Country Roads” – John Denver – Poems, Prayers & Promises (1971)
Whether you are a resident of the great state of West Virginia or not, you have undoubtedly heard this Classic Country track at least once in your life. It is currently getting a revitalized life through commercials on television promoting Google services. The song details how much Denver misses West Virginia, and all of the specific things about the state that he misses the most from its mountains to the taste of moonshine. The song is also used to commemorate victories by the West Virginia Mountaineer football team after every home game, as the song is the unofficial anthem of the entire state.
#4. “I Walk The Line” – Johnny Cash – With His Hot and Blue Guitar (1957)
Johnny Cash and June Carter had a kind of love that people could make movies about, and well, they did. “I Walk the Line” was a song that Johnny Cash wrote for June Carter to let her know that no matter where he was or what he was doing that he was going to stay true to her. Walking the Line to Cash meant that he was not going to stray into anything that would ever call his love for Carter into question. This iconic song would also be the name of the major motion film that would recount the sometimes rocky relationship that the couple would have through their respective careers.
#3. “Hello Darlin’” – Conway Twitty – Hello Darlin’ (1970)
There are plenty of tracks about encountering your former love later in life and seeing that they have moved on and are happy with their lives. The singer tells her that she is always welcome to come back if she could ever forgive him for the things that he did. He misses her like crazy and he cries all night long. Guess the saying is true, you don’t know what you’ve got until its gone.”
#2. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” – George Jones – I Am What I Am (1980)
This is one of the more tragic tracks that exist in all of Country music in general. It sits so closely to the top of the greatest Classic Country songs of all time because of its carefully crafted lyrics and timeless delivery. The track has never aged, even though it was released over 35 years ago. This is a tale of a man who loses the love of his life when she leaves, and he spends the rest of his life pining after her. The day that he stops loving her you find, is the day that they carry him away to be buried.
#1. “Mama Tried” – Merle Haggard – Mama Tried (1968)
“Mama Tried” has become a sort of anthem for all the country folk that are a little rough around the edges. This personified the entirety of Haggards career, and gave Classic Country a little bit of an edgier feel through its formative years. It was due to artists like Haggard that Country music was able to break off into so many different subgenres.
Country was started down its path of global domination by the successes of each of these tracks. Artists that are the most popular in modern country music make references all the time to the influence each of these artists have had on their respective careers, their writing and for inspiring them to play country music in the first place. This shows the impact that each of these songs had on the entire world, and the impact they continue to have even into today.