This list will probably not sit right with everyone. Taste in music varies greatly, but even within a certain genre taste differ. You’re number one might be my number two. But you’ll have to agree that Patsy Cline makes a pretty strong argument in her song “Crazy.”
10. “The Dance” – Garth Brooks
Released in 1990, but recored in ’88, “The Dance” peaked at number one on the US Hot Country Songs charts.
9. “He’ll Have To Go” – Jim Reeves
Recored in October of 1959 and released a month later, “He’ll Have to Go” topped the charts on the Hot Country Singles chart in February of 1960.
8. “Lovesick Blues” – Hank Williams, Sr.
“Lovesick Blues,” originally a show tune written by composer Cliff Friend and Irving Mills; Hank found the tune and turned it into the first of what would be many chart toppers.
7. “Today I Started Loving You Again” – Merle Haggard
Haggard wrote the song with Bonnie Owens and has acknowledged that “Today I Started Loving You Again,” was inspired by some very special feelings that he had for her. She has accompanied him since then in one capacity or another.
6. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” – Hank Williams, Sr.
Don’t cry Hank. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” recorded in September of 1949 and released later that year did very well peaking at #2 for Billboard Country Singles.
5. “El Paso” – Marty Robbins
Ah, Marty Robbins. The country and Wester ballad, “El Paso,” was recored in the beginning of ’59 and released in the Fall. This song is special because it made it to the number one spot on both the U.S. Billboard Hot C&W Sides and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Pop music? I don’t think so, just popular music.
4. “I Fall To Pieces” – Patsy Cline
Patsy’s 1961 hit reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot C&W Sides. But this iconic tune has been used ever since in various media forms. Including the 2013 commercial (you may recall it) for Snyder’s of Hanover.
3. “Your Cheatin’ Heart” – Hank Williams, Sr.
“Your Cheatin’ Heart” was written in ’52 and released in 1953. There is a reason that Hank has made a name for himself this one sat strong at number one on the Top C&W Records.
2. “Crazy” – Patsy Cline
“Crazy” was one of Patsy’s most memorable songs. It was released in 1961.
1. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” – George Jones
Released in 1980, some of you may remember it on the radio, it has been hailed by some as the greatest country song of all time.