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The 99 Best Country Songs of the 1900s

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(Editors Note: Steve Crawford is our resident historic scholar and country fan and he lives in Texas which makes world of sense to us. This is a primer for all country friends and wannabe country fans out there. You don’t know where to start on your country collection, start in the 20th Century and start here.)

99. “Tall Dark Stranger,” Buck Owens (1969).

98. ‘Callin’ Baton Rouge,” New Grass Revival (1989).

97. “Crazy Arms,” Ray Price (1956).

96. “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love),” Waylon Jennings (1977).

95. “I’m No Stranger to the Rain,” Keith Whitley (1989).

94. “Cowboy Take Me Away,” Dixie Chicks (1999).

93. “Cold, Cold Heart,” Hank Williams (1951).

92. “In the Jailhouse Now,” Jimmie Rodgers (1928).

91. “Only Daddy Who Will Walk the Line,” Waylon Jennings (1968).

90. “El Paso,” Marty Robbins (1959).

89. “Kaw-Liga,” Hank Williams (1953).

88. “Uncle Pen,” Bill Monroe (1950).

87. “Faded Love,” Bob Wills (1950).

86. “Good Hearted Woman,” Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson (1975).

85. “I’ve Been Everywhere,” Hank Snow (1962).

84. “Here in the Real World,” Alan Jackson (1990).

83. “Tennessee Waltz,” Patti Page (1950).

82. “Stay a Little Longer,” Bob Wills (1946).

81. “The Race is On,” George Jones (1964).

80. “Always on My Mind,” Willie Nelson (1982).

79. “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind),” Loretta Lynn (1966).

78. “Wild and Blue,” John Anderson (1982).

77. “Jolene,” Dolly Parton (1973).

76. “Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight,” The Oak Ridge Boys (1979).

75. “Me and Paul,” Willie Nelson (1971).

74. “Hey Good Lookin’,” Hank Williams (1951).

73. “You Win Again,” Jerry Lee Lewis (1957).

72. “If the River Was Whiskey,” Charlie Poole (1930).

71. “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette),” Tex Williams (1947).

70. “You Are My Sunshine,” Jimmie Davis (1940).

69. “Fist City,” Loretta Lynn (1968).

68. “Seven Year Ache,” Rosanne Cash (1981).

67. “The Band Plays On,” John Anderson with Levon Helm (1997).

66. “Streets of Bakersfield,” Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens (1988).

65. “The Wild Side of Life,” Hank Thompson (1952).

64. “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” Kitty Wells (1952).

63. “Jackson,” Johnny Cash with June Carter Cash (1967).

62. “Lovesick Blues,” Emmett Miller and His Georgia Crackers (1928).

61. “Guitar Town,” Steve Earle (1986).

60. “Wide Open Spaces,” Dixie Chicks (1998).

59. “Workin’ Man Blues,” Merle Haggard (1969).

58. “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’,” Charley Pride (1971).

57. “You Don’t Know Me,” Ray Charles (1962).

56. “I Walk the Line,” Johnny Cash (1956).

55. “Skip a Rope,” Henson Cargill (1967).

54. “Heartland,” George Straight (1993).

53. “The Year Clayton Delaney Died,” Tom T. Hall (1971).

52. “She’s Got You,” Patsy Cline (1962).

51. “Success,” Loretta Lynn (1962).

50. “She’s Acting Single (I’m Drinking Doubles),” Gary Stewart (1975).

49. “I’m Moving On,” Hank Snow (1950).

48. “Lost Highway,” Hank Williams (1949).

47. “A Good Year for the Roses,” George Jones (1970).

46. “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” Mary Chapin Carpenter (1993).

45. “Flowers on the Wall,” Statler Brothers (1965).

44. “Six Days on the Road,” Dave Dudley (1963).

43. “Move it on Over,” Hank Williams (1947).

42. “The Grand Tour,” George Jones (1974).

41. “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” Alan Jackson (1991).

40. “Pancho and Lefty,” Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard (1983).

39. “Sixteen Tons,” Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955).

38. “Heartaches by the Number,” Ray Price (1959).

37. “White Lightning,” George Jones (1959).

36. “Hello Walls,” Faron Young (1961).

35. “Forever and Ever, Amen,” Randy Travis (1987).

34. “Behind Closed Doors,” Charlie Rich (1973).

33. “An Empty Glass (That’s the Way the Day Ends),” Gary Stewart (1989).

32. “Strawberry Wine,” Deana Carter (1995).

31. “Walking the Floor Over You,” Ernest Tubb (1941).

30. “Walkin’ After Midnight,” Patsy Cline (1957).

29. “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” Hank Williams (1953).

28. “Wabash Cannonball,” Roy Acuff (1936).

27. “If We Make It Through December,” Merle Haggard (1973).

26. “Ring of Fire,” Johnny Cash (1963).

25. “Amarillo By Morning,” George Straight (1983).

24. “Can the Circle Be Unbroken (By and By),” Carter Family (1935).

23. “T For Texas (Blue Yodel No 1),” Jimmie Rodgers (1928).

22. “Folsom Prison Blues,” Johnny Cash (1968).

21. “Why Don’t You Love Me,” Hank Williams (1950).

20. “Crazy,” Patsy Cline (1961).

19. “King of the Road,” Roger Miller (1965).

18. “Jambalaya (On the Bayou),”Hank Williams (1952).

17. “There Stands the Glass,” Webb Pierce (1953).

16. “Seminole Wind,” John Anderson (1992).

15. “If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time,” Lefty Frizzell (1950).

14. “I Fall to Pieces,” Patsy Cline (1961).

13. “Highwayman,” The Highwaymen (1985).

12. “Swingin’,” John Anderson (1983).

11. “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Loretta Lynn (1970).

10. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” Hank Williams (1949).

9. “Mama Tried,” Merle Haggard (1968).

8. “Stand by Your Man,” Tammy Wynette (1968).

7. “Mystery Train,” Elvis Presley (1953).

6. “New San Antonio Rose,” Bob Wills (1944).

5. “When You Say Nothing at All,” Alison Kraus (1995).

4. “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” George Jones (1980).

3. “A Thousand Miles from Nowhere,” Dwight Yoakam (1993).

2. “I Saw the Light,” Hank Williams (1948).

1. “Wichita Lineman,” Glen Campbell (1968).

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