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Top 100 Country Songs of All Time

Apr 17 | Posted by: Leroy Van Dyke

The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards are here once more, hosted by country music legend Reba McEntire, live from Las Vegas on CBS Sunday, April 7. This year's event is set to impress with performances by Kelly Clarkson, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, and George Strait, to name a few. In anticipation of this star-studded night of music and memorable performances, it's time to look back at the best country anthems of all time.

Stacker analyzed Billboard’s Greatest of All-Time Top Country Songs to create a ranked list of classic tracks and modern hits from 1959 to present day. This list is remarkably varied, proving country music as a genre is broader than some may believe; it also shows how the genre has grown to feature a redefined picture of a classic country superstar, from Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, and Willie Nelson to Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, Sam Hunt, and Kacey Musgraves. Some even say the sound of country has changed: Younger subgenres of country music include bro-country (Sam Hunt, Florida Georgia Line), stadium country (Garth Brooks, Keith Urban), and pop country (Taylor Swift)—and some artists are even playing around with country rap (Bubba Sparxxx, Colt Ford). 

From classic country tunes to contemporary country sounds, these 100 songs are an essential part of music history and showcase some of the most impressive storytelling skills in the genre. Read on to see if your favorite country hit made it to the top.

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