by Tyler St.Clair & Ian DeHaven
While not everyone loves country music, it seems like there are a few classics that everyone knows and sings along to. In this list we have compiled the songs that we think are the top 10 country songs that everyone knows.
I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash is arguably one of if not the most popular country singer of all time. Shortly after being released in 1957, I Walk the Line was Cash’s first number one hit on the Billboard charts. I Walk the Line was then later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. This is definitely one country song that everyone knows.
Take me Home Country Roads by John Denver
If you say you don’t know who John Denver is or what songs he sings, you know at least this one. Take me Home Country Roads is one of the most iconic country songs of all time. After its release in 1971, numerous artists have created their own covers of this popular song. In 1998, Denver’s most popular song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash
This iconic Johnny Cash song was originally not recorded by Johnny Cash at all. Originally recorded by The Carter Family in 1962, Cash then recorded his own version in 1963. Cash quickly gained credit for the song, his version reaching number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs.
The Gambler by Kenny Rogers
The Gambler was released by Kenny Rogers in 1978. This song on the surface is about a gambler and how he is smart with his money while gambling. Once you dig deeper into this song, gambling has nothing to do with it. This song at its core is not only a great country hit, but a song about how to live your life.
Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash wrote and recorded this song after being inspired from seeing a movie called Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison in 1955. This popular song rose to the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs just like many of his other songs.
Rhinestone Cowboy by Glen Campbell
As with many of the songs on this list, Rhinestone Cowboy was not originally recorded by the artist that made it popular. Larry Weiss wrote and recorded this song originally in 1974; Glen Campbell heard it on the radio and decided to record his own version. In 1975 Campbell released his own version of it and it quickly gained popularity in countries all over the world reaching the top of numerous charts in each.
Hello Darlin’ by Conway Twitty
Hello Darlin’ was released by Conway Twitty in 1970 and was one of the most popular songs credited to him. This song is relatively sad when you look into the lyrics of it; it is an early version of a breakup song. The song tells a story of a man who runs into an ex of his and he begins to feel sorrow for the mistakes that he made when they were together. This song may be sad, but it is easily recognizable by many.
Hey, Good Lookin’ by Hank Williams
Hey, Good Lookin’ is the oldest song on this list, being released in 1951. While this song did not make it to the top of many charts like the others on this list, this country classic will surely have you tapping your foot and humming along as you listen.
Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus
Achy Breaky Heart is an upbeat song released by Billy Ray Cyrus in 1992. Its place on this list may be controversial as many find this song to be annoying. But whether you love it or hate it, you will instantly know it when it comes on and you will find yourself wanting to sing along and get up and dance.
Your Man by Josh Turner
Coming in as the youngest song on the list, Your Man by Josh Turner was recorded and released in 2006. While this song is only 13 years old, everyone knows it, and when the chorus comes around you will find yourself pushing the lower boundaries of your vocal range to try and match the notorious low notes that Josh Turner is able to hit.
Country Boys Can Survive by Hank Williams, Jr.
The Devil Went Down to Georgia by Charlie Daniels Band
Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys by Willie Nelson
We have chosen the most iconic and recognizable songs to put on this list. If you think we got it right or if you have songs that you think should be on this list let us know in the comments!