The 8 Greatest Country Songs Of All Time

I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line" was his first No. 1 hit on the Billboard chart and stayed on the radar for 43 weeks. Written backstage in one night, Cash described it as his 'pledge of devotion' to his new wife, Vivian Liberto.

Jolene by Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton's "Jolene," released in 1973, became her second chart-topper and one of her most covered songs. Parton revealed that the real Jolene is a mix of her bank teller and a fan she met at a show.

Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks

"Friends in Low Places" by Garth Brooks, written by Dewayne Blackwell and Earl Bud Lee, was handed off to a then-unknown Brooks. The song reached No. 1 and played a significant role in Brooks' rise to fame.

Choices by George Jones

George Jones, often regarded as the greatest living country music singer in his later years, delivered one of his most meaningful performances with "Choices" in 1999.

Concrete Angel by Martina McBride

Martina McBride's "Concrete Angel" tells the poignant story of a young girl enduring abuse. Released in 2002, McBride's powerful vocals and the song's sobering message elevated her status as a singer of girl-power anthems.

Kiss an Angel Good Morning by Charley Pride

Charley Pride, one of the few Black performers to break through country music's racial barriers, showcased his songwriting talent with "Kiss an Angel Good Morning," his biggest hit.

Where Were You by Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson's "Where Were You" reflects on the events of September 11, 2001. Jackson wrote the song to process his emotions about the tragedy, and it resonated deeply with listeners and survivors.

Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" encourages listeners to embrace life to the fullest despite its somber theme.