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Top 100 country songs of all time

  • #70. 'Black Sheep' by John Anderson

    - Artist: John Anderson
    - Billboard rank: #70

    This 1983 song, which describes the narrator's rejection of societal expectations, propelled John Anderson to the top of the country charts for the third time. "Black Sheep" spent 14 weeks in the top 40.

  • #69. 'Lookin' For Love' by Johnny Lee

    - Artist: Johnny Lee
    - Billboard rank: #69

    “Lookin’ For Love” is the second song on this list that was originally released as part of a soundtrack, this time for “Urban Cowboy.” The song had reportedly been pitched to more than 20 artists before finding a home with Johnny Lee. It took off when John Travolta, star of “Urban Cowboy,” said he enjoyed it.

  • #68. 'Love, Me' by Collin Raye

    - Artist: Collin Raye
    - Billboard rank: #68

    This 1991 single was Raye’s first #1. The tragic but inspirational ballad earned a “Single of the Year” nomination at that year's CMAs, and is commonly played at funerals.

  • #67. 'Don't Rock The Jukebox' by Alan Jackson

    - Artist: Alan Jackson
    - Billboard rank: #67

    When this song was released in 1991, Alan Jackson was not nearly the country powerhouse he would later become—but the single raced to the top of the charts regardless. The honky-tonk anthem was later covered by Alvin and the Chipmunks.

  • #66. 'Giddyup Go' by Red Sovine

    - Artist: Red Sovine
    - Billboard rank: #66

    “Giddyup Go” is a country song about driving a truck, following the story of a father and son who have an emotional reunion at a truck stop. It's famous for its surprise ending, which country songs often have.

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  • #65. 'Don't Let Me Cross Over' by Carl Butler and Pearl

    - Artist: Carl Butler and Pearl
    - Billboard rank: #65

    Carl and Pearl Butler, a husband-and-wife pair, propelled this song to the top of the country charts in 1962. "Don't Let Me Cross Over" was the longest-running #1 duet until it was unseated in May 2013 by Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise."

  • #64. 'Before He Cheats' by Carrie Underwood

    - Artist: Carrie Underwood
    - Billboard rank: #64

    Though country star Carrie Underwood has her fair share of chart-topping hits, “Before He Cheats” entered the unofficial country music hall of fame in 2006. It spent 64 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. 

  • #63. 'Country Girl' by Faron Young

    - Artist: Faron Young
    - Billboard rank: #63

    Faron Young’s 1959 single stayed on the country charts for 32 weeks. The song follows a narrator heartbroken by a “country girl” who leaves him even though she seems happy. 

  • #62. 'I'll Get Over You' by Crystal Gayle

    - Artist: Crystal Gayle
    - Billboard rank: #62

    This 1976 recording was Crystal Gayle’s first #1 country hit, which proved to be a step in the right direction. At the time, Gayle was trying to achieve the same level of fame as her older sister, Loretta Lynn.

  • #61. 'Achy Breaky Heart' by Billy Ray Cyrus

    - Artist: Billy Ray Cyrus
    - Billboard rank: #61

    This song was originally recorded by another band under a different title, the year before Billy Ray Cyrus’ monumental 1992 song hit #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Though the song originally received critical reviews, it has become a cult classic.

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