Good Country Songs for Haters of Country Music

Country Songs for Non-Hicks

I am a rocker, but sometimes I like to expand my horizons.  I must admit, I like some country music; not the shit-kicking ho-down crap, but the good stuff.  Here is a list of some of my favorite country songs.

The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels

Neon Moon - Brooks & Dunn

Back Home Again - John Denver

You Were Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson

Forever and Ever, Amen - Randy Travis

Doesn't Have to Be This Way - Alison Krauss

Loving Arms - Dixie Chicks

All My Rowdy Friends - Hank Williams Jr.

Coward of the County - Kenny Rogers

I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton

The Dance (9/11 Tribute) - Garth Brooks

When the Man Comes Around - Johnny Cash

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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

I'm with ya -- rock rules, but every so often as I'm scanning through channels on the car radio I have to stop and listen to a country song. Very few capture attention -- but you've picked some great ones here! Surprised not to see any Johnny Cash. Maybe he's so cool that he's above the genre:-).

Another one I like a lot is "Redneck Woman" by Gretchen Wilson. It's the quintessential anthem for country gals. Hell yeah!

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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Johnny Cash is on here. It's the last vid. Just goes to show how much you pay attention to my hubs! ;-)

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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Great selection here dork! Specially the classics - Nelson, Cash, Denver. I  too have expanded by musical taste in that direction to include Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts - but I am where I am so you could just imagine how foreign-sounding country music is here. thanks for sharing! Hee-haw! :D

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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

I respect your choices and give you props for expanding your music horizons. I suppose if I was tied up and forced to listen to country, I'd have to choose Johnny Cash...there's something about his voice that is attractive. I just heard a pop remake of his "Ring of Fire" song last night on the radio. Wasn't bad.

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

It's interesting to see a rocker's country picks. I'm more country than rock, guess it's a Texas 'thang'.

I got to see Charlie Daniels live with Alabama back in the 80s. "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" and "Drinking My Baby Goodbye" were awesome!

"The Dance" is such a beautiful song. You see a portion of the lyrics on a lot of tombstones here. "Our lives are better left to chance, I might have missed the pain, but I would have to have missed the dance".

Just as a matter of interest, the Dixie Chicks music was not played here. They were banned for comments they made regarding former President Bush. This was considered "Bush Country" with his home being here.

Cris mentioned Rascal Flatts. They are an awesome group and more of across over group in my mind. Some friends and I got to see them perform live a couple of years ago. They put on entire show doing their own stuff then came with an encore of cover tunes. It was awesome.

Great hub, Imadork!

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JamaGenee 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Dork, if you listen closely, many songs labeled "rock" have roots in country.  The same is true of most genres.  Very little music is "pure" anything.  A lot of the songs the group Kansas did were classical music recycled.

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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

Some interesting choices here, dork! It's good to expand your musical horizons sometimes, isn't it? I personally like them all except the Dixie Chics, but that's just me. That's Dolly's best song, if you ask me.

And Cris is right--Rascal Flatts baby!!!

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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

dork, for once, good taste

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Nayberry 7 years ago from

I am a fan most kinds of music- even country. You have some realy good picks here. I like THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA, FOREVER AND EVER AMEN, YOU'RE ALWAYS ON MY MIND, and I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU. I've never really heard any of the others, but I have always come to like other country artists like Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, Faith Hill, and Alabama- among others. I am really a blues-loving kind of gal, but I find something I like in most genres.


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Cris: just curious - what kind of music is popular in the Philippines?

KCC & LM: I dislike the loudmouth girls in the Dixie Chicks, but some of their songs are pretty good.

JamaGenee: I agree.  Rock's origins were mainly blues influenced, but there is also a lot of country and classical influence too (depending of the type of rock music)

GT: I never thought of you as a country music fan.

Everyone: y'all failed to point out my favorite artist here - Alison Krauss!  She is so talented!!!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

I do like Alison Krauss' version of Keith Whitley's "When You Say Nothing at All", and the duet she did with Brad Paisley "Whiskey Lullaby". But, she's just kinda mousy sounding for my tastes.

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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Mousy sounding?!?! What do mean by that? Too soft and light?

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Laughing Mom 7 years ago

dork, did you like the duet she did with Robert Plant?

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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Amazingly enough, I haven't listened. I guess I just haven't come across it yet. I hear it won a Grammy and that made Krauss the most Grammy-winningest female artist ever.

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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

I've always like Charlie Daniels, but I remember when they used to say he was "Southern Rock". I must admit I like quite a bit of Johnny Cash's music. :)

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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

I'm not a fan of country but I know the songs and plenty I can dig while sitting back and enjoying a beer but here's one of my favs

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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

That's a good one GT.  I like the Chipmunk version on the album "Urban Chipmunk".  I used to have that record when I was a kid.

Here's another great track from that album:

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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

I am a fan of country and rock music and the songs you have picked are great classics. I think country music today is a little more pop sounding than the classics you have listed here and it is attracting younger fans and artists like Taylor Swift who I think is great. She is so very talented, writing and singing her own music, not many people do that anymore. Here is a link to one you might like and one of my favorites.

and here's one with Taylor Swift

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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

oh and thanks btw, you just gave me an idea for a new hub, and I need all the help I can get.

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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

gwendymom: I didn't really like those two songs -- sorry.

I dislike the new pop-sounding country but that Taylor Swift is hot.

Glad to help on the new hub. Not sure what I did though.

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gwendymom 7 years ago from Oklahoma

Really, wow, I'm surprised. I figured you would like the first one because it has a more classic country sound and the other was just an example of the more pop sounding. I like them both because it's what I can relate to.

Just inspired me, I'll just call you muse now.

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EYEAM4ANARCHY 7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

Of the ones you picked I particularly like "You Were Always On My Mind" and "Coward of the County." Plus, it's hard to go wrong with the Dixie Chicks. Personally, I'm partial to "Lucille" from Kenny Rodgers, "The Highwayman" from (appropriately enough) The Highwaymen, "The City of New Orleans" by Willie Nelson, and "God's Gonna Cut You Down" by Johnny Cash.

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

Imadork, yeah...mousy...kinda too sweetsie-cutsie-I'm-so-delicate sounding. It works with some songs. But, I prefer a gutsier singer.

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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

anarchy: I was torn between Roger's "Lucille" and "Coward...". I love them both!

KCC: I guess I like "mousy" in my female country singers.

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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

I like all kinds of music, but I go through a country stage sometimes.  I do like the Dixie Chicks.  I used to go see them when they were strictly bluegrass - like the sisters were 19 and 21 or something, and two other chicks, not Natilie Manes - so I feel like I have followed their career long before the albums and fame and stuff.  They used to play at On Broadway over by the Lemp Mansion.  You know it?  Around the brewery but a little more south. I still like them.  They always throw in a few bluegrass tunes and their harmonies are very complicated stuff.

Good hub!


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Never been to On Broadway but I have toured the Lemp Mansion, so I know the general area. Are they from around here or did they just come to that club a lot?

jjrubio 7 years ago

Loving the Charlie Daniels. Johnny Cash and dare I say it Brooks and Dunn! Those are some good songs.....I don't like Dolly Parton or the Dixie chicks ....hey its a free country....good hub

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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

No, they just always toured through here, but coincidentally, one of the other girls who was with them at the time was from Kirkwood.

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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Thanks for reading/listening jjrubio. Have you heard many Dolly Parton songs? She has got some really good songs! Try listening to Jolene and Coat of Many Colors.

jjrubio 7 years ago

I know those songs....I just never liked the sound of her voice. It sounds like an old cat to me...sorry! I like hearty voices...

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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

Nice selection. I've not listened to country for a loooooong time and so I'd not heard Neon Moon, tis lovely. I need to be swooned, I can feel it!

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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

I'm not quite in to country, but I do recognize some good ones you listed.

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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Oh honestly I love every single one of these. I almost want to put my cowgirl boots on and barn dance. I don't go for all the wall banging stuff either, it hurts my head far too much. Honestly you have my thumbs up for these songs I adore Garth Brooks he is by far the greatest country singers ever. I am going to do my daily dancing to these songs now, yahooo

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Peppermint Thrift 7 years ago

Great list! Loretta Lynn's "Fist City", "Coal Miner's Daughter", or Ween's Country Album ("Up Shit's Creek with a Turd for a Paddle?) I know it's not real country (Ween) but hilarious all the same.

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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Piss Up a Rope by Ween is pretty funny.

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Peppermint Thrift 7 years ago

Whenever I am having a bad day I will play that song and it makes me feel so much better!

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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

That Randy Travis song you have is one of my favorites. I had a weird upbringing. I was raised on Patsy Cline and Judas Priest. Nice combination, huh? I have love for all music thanks to the wide variety of music I was raised with.

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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

AMB: I had a similar upbringing. From my parents I got to know the classic country and rock oldies; from my older siblings I got to know the hard rock.

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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

to answer your question, it's the usual TOP 40, mainstream, popular music here. which means lots of R&B/hip hop, rock, and pop. And alternative too, :D

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MissJamieD 7 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

I love almost every single one of these songs. I'm also a fan of every type of music. As long as the song itself appeals to me, it doesn't matter what genre it is.

I'm glad you pointed out some goodies for the country-haters though. great job!

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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Thanks Jamie!

Adam B 7 years ago

I an; stand the Devil Went Down to Georgia for the one line in it that say "Chicek in the breadpan pickin out dough." Wa the fuck does that mean...honestly?

Anyway, I like the occasional country tunes such as:

Gretchen Wlson - Politically Uncorrect

Carrie Underwood - Last Name (Actually really rocks!)

Reba McEntire - Fancy

Dixie Chicsk - Sin Wagon

Brad Paisley - I'll Take You Back Cool guiotar riff)

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Artisan Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Some pretty good selections here. In Oregon, the rockers all play country music for a living because it's a steadier gig than rock. So, for as long as I can remember, all the local working country bands have always had really good rock musicians in them.

That's where this rock musician cut his teeth!

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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Wasn't Kenny Rogers on Yee-Haw? I remember watching that show all the time. Always cracked me up. I'd dance away and sing along to everything. One thing about country music, it's easy to sing to . But I really have to tell you, I cannot stand Neon Moon. Really can't, sorry. I kind of grit my teeth at most Randy Travis, including this one. The rest are great. That Dolly song is actually my favorite of all and I still sing my heart out to it. She is something else.

Wanted to let you know that this video is no longer available due to a copyright claim made by Pearl Records, Inc. on the Garth Brooks song. =(.

Great hub Imadork.

That Stranger You Will Never Know... 7 years ago


I listen to A LOT of country, and the only Real good one I liked on your list was The Devil Went Down To Georgia.

You forgot a bunch of good ones likes

Tim McGraw, Big & Rich , a lot of Brooks N' Dunn ,

Dean Brody , Alan Jackson, Gord Bamford, Jason Aldean , Aaron Prittchet

&&& A lot more .

That Stranger You will Never Know... 7 years ago

Toby Keith , Tracy Byrd , Lynyrd Skynard , Kid Rock (All summer long , Cocky, So Hott), Joe Walsh - In the City,

Jake Owens , Dierks Bentley , Darius Rucker , Conway Twitty - Baby's Got her BLue Jeans on , Corb Lund Band - The Truck got stuck

That Stranger you will never know... 7 years ago

Yeah..... Lol.

Listen to some, you might like it.

That stranger you will Never know... 7 years ago

If you wanna know a certain song, just ask...Like a song By one of those artists i mentioned. Just ask and I can list a couple good ones,.

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PegCole17 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hello - quite a good collection of my favs too. I love Dolly, Kenny, Willie, John Denver. Isn't that first picture of Hank Williams? Love his Cold, Cold Heart. Wasn't that redone by Nora Jones? I loved both versions.

Thanks for bringing these great songs to Hub.

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MnTed 6 years ago

Check out alt country/rock band Cross Canadian Ragweed sometime.

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Little Kim 6 years ago from Any town U.S.A.

All my favorites too. Another one is Charlie Pride- Green, green grass of home. I Will Always Love You always makes me cry. I love Rock music and Rick Springfield is my man but I am a Redneck at heart.

lilome 6 years ago

If you are a rocker considering country-Then you might want to youtube Hank Williams 111- He is awesome- he does an act with a former member of Pantera!

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trusouldj 5 years ago from Indiana

Dolly Parton has a nifty one that she did on Arsenio years ago called, "Why'd you come in here looking like that"; Last Ten Years by Kenny Rogers, "Honey Won't you open that door" by Ricky Skaggs ... I'm mostly partial to 80s/90s Country. But there is a lot of good stuff out now. Great hub.

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rozcalvert 5 years ago from New York

Coward of the County? I would not have thought of that one. Who are people who hate country music? I could never figure that out. When I talk to people who don't know the music they always seem to know Willie's "You were always on my Mind" and Patsy Kline's "Crazy". If they only knew what we know.

IamaProudNerd 4 years ago

You, my friend, have awesome taste in country songs! I'm glad to see country music finally get the respect it deserves! :) I love country music, but I hate country songs that are really "hillbillyish". Songs like that are the reason why country music is always being ridiculed and stereotyped, but the songs that you mentioned prove that country music isn't just for hicks - it's incredibly great music that should be celebrated, not mocked. Great Hub! :D

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trusouldj 4 years ago from Indiana

You might want to check out a mid tempo from Marie Osmond called, "I Only Wanted You".

anonymous 4 years ago

try the house of the raising sun

anyone 4 years ago

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Billrrrr 4 years ago from Cape Cod

You posted a picture of the King of Country Music, Hank Williams; but you didn't include any of his great hits.

Junior doesn't count!

Give a listen to Kawliga, Move it on Over, Lovesick Blues etc. You might be surprised at what a hick singer like Hank can do.

frecklefinger 3 years ago

Love "The Dance" and "Neon Moon." I grew up with a redneck stepfather that listened to a lot of Hank Williams Sr. and George Jones, not to mention some really stupid stuff. I have very specific tastes when it comes to country. A lot of it I hate, but every once in a while, someone will write a song so amazing that it transcends genres.

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