25 Best Country Love Songs

25 Best Country Love Songs

25 Best Country Love Songs

Whether old, new or unrequited, love comes in abundant supply in country music. But try and put one of these lists together and you'll likely evoke some less warm-and-fuzzy emotions, too. (Hey, where's "Stand by Your Man" ?!) So we enlisted a panel of experts (see below) to help us out. Of course, everyone's got their personal faves, so let us know at people.com/countrylove and tell us which songs you think should have made the cut.

1. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, Dolly Parton, 1974

Whitney Houston's rafters-rattling remake got more hype, but nothing touches the heart. BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD, Rascal Flatts, 2004

"This song has eternal appeal," says NSAI's Bart Herbison. "The emotion is so strong and so beautifully expressed."

3. HOW DO I LIVE, Trisha Yearwood, 1997

A perfect combo of soul-stirring music and lyrics that pack a punch: "Without you, there'd be no sun in my sky, there would be no love in my life, there would be in the world left for me. "

4. CRAZY, Patsy Cline, 1961

The ultimate example of country music's knack for making unrequited love sound blissful. "You felt that song when she sang it," says BMI president Del Bryant.

5. THE DANCE, Garth Brooks, 1989

With bittersweet lyrics like "I could have missed the pain but I'd have to miss the dance," it's the kind of ballad that actually makes full-fledged cowboys weepy .

6. ALWAYS ON MY MIND, Willie Nelson, 1982

A heart-wrenching apology for love gone unspoken.


"An all-time heartbreaker from the king of country music," says Herbison.

10. I SWEAR, John Michael Montgomery, 1994

Truly the ultimate "first dance" wedding song, it also turned into a hit for the R & B group All-4-One later that same year. >


Part 1, part rousing anthem for all those couples no one really believed would ever last.

12. FOREVER AND EVER, AMEN, Randy Travis, 1987

The singer's promise to love and be faithful to the very end.

13. REMEMBER WHEN, Alan Jackson, 2003

An achingly tender ballad about getting a second shot at love.

14. UNANSWERED PRAYERS, Garth Brooks, 1990

A song about a guy finding his true love in spite of himself. "It's got great lyrics," says the ACM's Bob Romeo.

15. HOW FOREVER FEELS, Kenny Chesney, 1999

With clever allusions to Jimmy Buffett and Richard Petty, Chesney proves he's a master at turning the love song into the perfect tune for a top-down road trip. >

16. THE WORLD, Brad Paisley, 2005

One love song that even unsentimental good ol 'boys can listen to proudly.

17. AMAZED, Lonestar, 1999

Memorable harmonies only add to an irresistibly sweet take on what is no doubt an all-consuming love. WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL, Alison Krauss, 1995

Keith Whitley's version is soulful, but it's Krauss's plaintive take that sticks in your head.

19. I CROSS MY HEART, George Strait, 1992

"A classic," says Opry GM Fisher of the old-school-meets-new-school ballad complete with a soaring string section and a steel-guitar solo.

SHE BELIEVES IN ME, Kenny Rogers, 1978

The singer's emotion-filled tribute makes anyone believe in the power of being loved.

21. GENTLE ON MY MIND, Glen Campbell, 1967

"This song has to be on the list," says Bryant. "It's just defining its era of music."

Killer lyrics paired with Presley's swoon-inducing baritone.

23. SOMEBODY LIKE YOU, Keith Urban, 2002

Urban proves that a love song can still get you up on your feet and dancing.

24. WHERE'VE YOU BEEN, Kathy Mattea, 1989

"It honors enduring love, love that lasts through better and worse," says SESAC associate VP Tim Fink.

25. STRAWBERRY WINE, Deana Carter, 1996

The beautiful paean to young love is "such a unique song, and Deana did such a memorable performance," says Herbison.


Pete Fisher, GM of the Grand Ole Opry; Bart Herbison, executive director, Nashville Songwriters Assn. Int'l; Del Bryant, president / CEO of BMI; Connie Bradley Sr., VP, ASCAP; Jay Orr, VP-Museum Programs, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum; Bob Romeo, executive director of the Academy of Country Music; and Tim Fink, associate VP, SESAC

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