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Top 10 Best George Strait Songs of All Time

George Strait has one of the largest hit song catalog of any artist and has old over 100 million albums worldwide. With 60 number one hits and counting, the success extends beyond country music. He’s one of the best-selling recording artists in the U.S. and here is a list of arguably the best George Strait songs.

Check Yes or No (1995)

The song narrates the history of a romance that extends back to childhood. Its message is hopeful and the sound is sweet. In 1996, it was named CMA Single of the Year.

Amarillo by Morning (1982)

Many consider this Strait’s most famous song, but was never #1. The rodeo ballad talks about being immersed in life on the road and the loss of love during the narrator’s travels.

Write this Down (1999)

A love song from “Always Never the Same”, this timeless song delivers its message differently than others that cover the topic.

Love’s Gonna Make It Alright (2011)

This appears on “Here for a Good Time”, George Strait’s 26th studio album. It’s a promise to a girl to be there through hard times. Written by Al Anderson and Chris Stapleton just for Strait, the song was a #3 hit in the U.S.

Fool Hearted Memory (1982)

The first #1 Country single for Strait, this song was part of The Soldier soundtrack in 1982. It was also recognized by ASCAP as the most played country song that year.

Ocean Front Property (1987)

Written by Hank Cochran, Dean Dillon, and Royce Porter, this song says the narrator won’t miss the girl he’s breaking up with. It goes on to say that’s as impossible as finding ocean front property in Arizona, a state that is land locked.

Baby Blue (1988)

This Aaron Barker song was included on the album “If You Ain’t Lovin’, You Ain’t Livin” and a hit in the U.S. A blue-eyed girl is in the narrator’s life for a short time. It was rumored Strait sang it for his daughter who was killed in a car accident.

Troubadour (2008)

The song was the title track of the album and Strait’s 86th chart single. A heartfelt ballad, it reflects how content the narrator is with his accomplishments as a troubadour.

I Cross My Heart (1992)

This was yet another number one hit for Strait. It was also part of the “Pure Country” soundtrack. The song was also the first single to the album of the same title. To this day, it’s a staple song to play at weddings.

All My Exes Live in Texas (1987)

Included on “Ocean Front Property”, the song was written by Sanger D. Shafer and Linda J. Shafer. The narrator’s four ex-girlfriends live throughout Texas. He’s in Tennessee and they’re apparently curious about his whereabouts.

These are well-known George Strait songs. Undoubtedly there are many more, including chart-topping smash hits written by himself and some of Nashville’s top songwriters. The list here represents just a few goodies from throughout Strait’s successful career.

Top 10 Best Country Songs of All Time (As of 2015)

Now here’s a particularly tough category. Country music has given rise to some of the most successful songwriters and artists. Here are a few contenders for this top 10 from throughout the decades.

Ring of Fire (1963)
Johnny Cash

The song was written by June Carter, along with Merle Kilgore, about Cash’s drug addiction. To many it represents the power of love. It has persisted over the years and has been covered by many artists, including The Animals in 1968.

The Dance (1989)
Garth Brooks

Brooks himself has said it could signify the end of a relationship or be about someone dying in a moment of glory. It’s often considered the singer’s signature song. This was the Academy of Country Music’s 1990 Song of the Year and Video of the Year.

I Will Always Love You (1974)
Dolly Parton

A single from Dolly’s “Jolene” album, the song resulted in her winning CMA Female Vocalist in 1975. She also re-recorded it in 1982 for the movie The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Whitney Houston’s version was featured in The Bodyguard and charted again after her death in 2012.

Always on My Mind (1982)
Willy Nelson

It was the first country song to win a Grammy for Song of the Year. Originally recorded in 1971 by Brenda Lee, it was also recorded by Elvis Presely in 1972 and The Pet Shop Boys. The song tells a story of a man who didn’t always show his woman appreciation, but thought about her a lot.

The Gambler (1978)
Kenny Rogers

About handling life’s challenges rather than a poker game, this award-winning song written by Don Schlitz was used in The Muppet Show in 1979. It charted in the UK in 2007 during the Rugby World Cup and was part of a Geico commercial in 2014.

Stand by Your Man (1968)
Tammy Wynette

The singer’s signature tune, this is one of the most covered country songs. Wynette said she and Billy Sherrill wrote the song in 15 minutes. She often found herself defending its meaning which is still questioned, yet this hasn’t made the song any less impactful.

Crazy (1961)
Patsy Cline

Written by a then unknown Willie Nelson, this song has been covered by male and female artists including LeAnn Rhymes and Diana Krall. It was also on Nelson’s first album in 1962.

I Hope You Dance (2000)
Lee Ann Womack

About taking chances, this song was written by Tia Sillers and Mark Sanders. It topped the country and adult contemporary charts and won a Grammy and Country Music Award.

Jolene (1974)
Dolly Parton

From Reba McEntire to 10,000 Maniacs, this song has been covered by many. Parton said the song was inspired by meeting a fan. In 2014, the song entered the Grammy Hall of Fame.

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere (2003)
Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett

It’s hard not to include something recent. Country continues to dominate the charts; plus Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett are a great team. Aren’t we all waiting for that moment to kick up our shoes and relax?

Thus concludes a fulfilling top 10 country songs of all time. There are for sure others you might include. These are undoubtedly popular and influential selections you’re bound to hear for decades to come.

Top 10 Best Luke Bryan Songs of All Time

Luke Bryan is one of the most popular country musicians of all time. Yet the singer’s music doesn’t follow the same old formula most of the genre does. Instead, it’s very diverse and features well-written lyrics. Below are the top 10 best Luke Bryan songs of all time.

1. Drunk on You

It doesn’t get much better than “Drunk on You” when it comes to Luke Bryan songs. The hit song with an amazingly strong vocal performance is the epitome of what the singer is all about.

2. I Don’t Want This Night to End

An up-tempo track about fleeting love, “I Don’t Want This Night to End” is a near ready-made hit. Soon after its release, it rose to the top of the country music charts and remains one of Bryan’s greatest hits.

3. Crash My Party

Luke Bryan is one of those singers that write the vast majority of their songs. However, “Crash My Party” is one song that he didn’t write. That doesn’t mean it isn’t great though. Bryan comes through with near perfect vocals that help drive the melody home.

4. Do I

A collaboration song with Lady Antebellum, “Do I” is quintessential Luke Bryan. It breaks down the story of a couple that are unsure if their relationship is as passionate and exciting as it once was.

5. All My Friends Say

The song that started off the singer’s career with a bang, “All My Friends Say” quickly reached the No. 5 Billboard’s country chart. It tells the tale of a man that wakes up from a devastating hangover unsure of what transpired the night before.

6. Country Girl (Shake it for Me)

One of his most diverse songs, “Country Girl (Shake it for Me)” is more up-tempo and fun than many of Luke Bryan’s other songs. The infectious little ditty reached No. 4 in Billboard.

7. Someone Else Calling You Baby

“Baby, is someone else calling you baby?” That’s the lead line in “Someone Else Calling You Baby.” As you can tell from the title and that single line alone, this song is a sad one.

8. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

Luke Bryan switches things up with “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.” Into a traditional country track, he adds electric guitar riffs and hard-hitting vocals.

9. Rain Is a Good Thing

It’s easy to complain about a rainy day. But “Rain Is a Good Thing” shows you why a rainy day can sometimes be a good thing. “Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey / Whiskey makes my baby feel a little frisky.”

10. We Rode in Trucks

Growing up in rural America is a unique experience. And this nostalgic song delves right into Luke Bryan’s own experiences with rural living. It never reached the same level of commercial success as many of his other tracks but it does showcase the more evocative side of his songwriting.

Luke Bryan has created a lot of amazing songs over the years but the ten discussed above are his absolute best of all time.