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Country Songs About Missing Someone

Updated on November 9, 2013

You'd Think Finding These Would Be Easy, Huh?

I'm a little upset right now. Not with you, not with the songlist, but with country music! And with country music songwriters! Don't they know country songs are all about crying in your beer because you miss someone? Well I know it, so I figured they'd know it, and this list would be easy cheesy...a slam dunk!

But no, it turns out there are not as many country songs about missing someone as there are country songs about everything but that...big green tractors...shooting guys named Earl...all kinds of stuff. So I had a lot of sorting to do! And I did my best but fear I came up far short of the definitive list I intended to create and I'm hoping you might pitch in with a few of your own favorites!

So for starters here's my personal top 10. I added a few youtube vids for those who want to revisit a fine old memory or to enlighten those disadvantaged poor souls who have never heard these fine pieces of art.

Top Ten Missing You Country Songs List:

1. He Stopped Loving Her Today (George Jones). ...ahhh so deceptively simple, eh? In short, having listened extensively to, and played/produced music professionally in multiple genres: This is the greatest "missing you" song lyric ever written and it's not likely to be surpassed anytime soon. Anyone who cares to argue that should give it about 50 more listens until you come to grips with exactly what you're up against. When you figure it out I'm thinking that's one battle you'll quietly drop from your to-do list.

2. I Will Always Love You (Dolly Parton). Dolly wrote this and recorded it and I do love the Whitney Houston version, an awesome display of singing talent and music production. But Dolly's original version, I believe written about Porter Wagoner? (Please correct me if I'm wrong about that) where Dolly chokes up while singing it, has become my favorite.

3. When The Thought of You - Catches Up With Me (David Ball)

4. I Can't Stop Loving You (Ray Charles). Lots of recordings by so many artists, but man...only one Ray Charles...

5. You Were Always On My Mind (Willie Nelson)

6. The Dance (Garth Brooks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7MhgP5c5j8 )

7. Walkin' After Midnight (Patsy Cline)

8. The Georgia Rain (Trisha Yearwood) What a great, well written lyric and fabulous vocal performance!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9uFWZqME7A

9. The Wichita Lineman (Glen Campbell) Glen, without question one of the greatest singers and guitarists to ever dwell on this planet (Did you know he was the studio guitarist on all the Beach Boy's hits?) It's unfortunate he's been diagnosed with dementia and was forced to retire. But toward the end Glenn only improved with age:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E80727OUUDI&feature...

10. I May Never Get To Heaven (But I Once Came Mighty Close- Conway Twitty) Does it get any better than this? Ask me on the right day and I might move this this to the #1 spot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjb_6Yo1z-U

Let's Build THE list.

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Okay let's see if over time we can't create the definitive list of "missing you" country songs. I'm even willing to bend a bit on # 2 through 10 above! Please make your suggestions in the "Feedback" module below.

Other Great "Missing You" Country Songs:

1. I Fall to Pieces (Patsy Cline)

2. Today I Started Loving You Again (Merle Haggard)...the title sounds happy, but the lyric is hardly that.

3. Linda On My Mind (The great Conway Twitty)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rsc-etVI2DQ

4. Do you Believe Me Now/Vern Gosdin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee8CQzErSeo

5. It Was Almost Like A Song (Ronnie Milsap)

Any more suggestions?

Honorable mentions:

I Would Give Everything I Own (Bread) They weren't considered country back in the 70's but would be if they were releasing records today. And this song, one that most people think is about missing a former lover, was actually written by David Gates when he was missing his father who had passed away.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfYw5AhK-80

And I just thought of another, sung by Trace Adkins..."Every Light In The House Is On"? Total greatness or what?

And yet another from about that same time frame, Tracy Lawrence "Paint Me A Birmingham". Just a perfect setup about the singer approaching a painter at the beach and asking him to paint a picture, culminating with the payoff line: "If there is any way you can, could you paint me back into her arms again?" Awesome!

Missing You Songs on Amazon

Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits

of Glen Campbell

 
The Definitive Collection
The Definitive Collection

The Great Patsy Cline

 

Are You Hurting? - Maybe this will provide some comfort.

I know from experience that in extreme cases, missing someone can eat at you, become an obsession, affect your mood, cause depression and worse.

If you're seriously hurting, please don't consider doing anything crazy. Please do consider stopping by one of the two new pages at the link station below and secure some comfort, maybe listen to a few tunes. The songs on the CC pages are positive, uplifting, and beautiful. The "Do You Need A Miracle" Lens will explain how and why you can get one.

They just might heal you completely. They will almost surely touch you deeply, maybe evoke a tear or two and help you look at your situation a little differently. I guarantee you if you listen to at least one or two you'll feel a whole lot better!

Poll About Missing Someone

Are you missing someone right now?

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I Luuuuuuuuv the waaaaaaaay You Love Me! - John Michael...yeah, that's what I'm talkin' about!

Here is where you can suggest your favorite "missing someone" country song. If it's an obviously good and valid selection or if a particular song is mentioned by two people, I'll add it to the list..

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    • Writingmystory1 profile image

      Writingmystory1 5 years ago

      Hmmm.... How about

      Reba McEntire If I Had Only Known ????

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So Not My Baby by Josh Turner and Someday When I Stop Loving You by Carrie Underwood :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am a huge county music fan. Mostly Late 70's, the 80's, 90's and early 2000s. So, I apologize if you consider the list too long.

      Austin - Blake Shelton

      Whisky Lullaby - Brad Paisley

      Watching Airplanes - Gary Allan

      Until it Happens to You - Alabama

      Soon - LeAnn Rhymes

      Come Home Soon - SheDaisy

      Don't Mention Memphis - Tim McGraw

      Loving Arms - Dixie Chicks

      Neon Moon - Brooks & Dunn

      Without You - Dixie Chicks

      Once You Loved Somebody - Dixie Chicks

      For a Little While - Tim McGraw

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      hughgrissettsr lm 6 years ago

      exquisite lens! how about johnny cash's i still miss someone 1958?