Listen to a genre-defining countdown of the best 100 country songs, curated by experts

The music experts behind Prime Country (Ch. 58) carefully sifted through decades of country music to hand-select what they consider to be the 100 best tracks. The Top 100 Country Songs of All Time countdown will have you singing the “Folsom Prison Blues” as it takes you from “Luckenbach Texas” to “Margaritaville” to “El Paso” and everywhere in between. You’ll hear iconic country choruses, timeless twangs, legendary love songs, memorable acoustic melodies and the best beer-drinking anthems by pioneers and contemporary stars like Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, The Chicks, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Johnny Cash and Taylor Swift.

Check out the full list of songs below, and stream the countdown on the SXM App now for a limited time.


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100. Willie Nelson – “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”
99. Blake Shelton – “Honey Bee”
98. Alabama – “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas”
97. Hank Williams – “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
96. Kenny Chesney – “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy”
95. Tennessee Ernie Ford – “Sixteen Tons”
94. Bellamy Bros – “Let Your Love Flow”
93. Charley Pride – “Is Anybody Going to San Antone”
92. Tim McGraw – “Something Like That”
91. Roger Miller – “Dang Me”
90. Ronnie Milsap – “Smoky Mountain Rain”
89. Conway/Loretta – “Louisiana Woman/Mississippi Man”
88. Dierks Bentley – “Drunk on a Plane”
87. Jimmy Dean – “Big Bad John”
86. Sammy Kershaw – “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful”
85. Don Williams – “Tulsa Time”
84. Luke Bryan – “Drink a Beer”
83. Jimmy Buffett – “Margaritaville”
82. Faron Young – “Hello Walls”
81. Chris Young – “Getting You Home”
80. Eddie Rabbitt – “Drivin’ My Life Away”
79. Johnny Cash – “I Walk The Line”
78. Toby Keith – “I Should’ve Been a Cowboy”
77. Billy Currington – “People Are Crazy”
76. Merle Haggard – “The Fightin’ Side of Me”
75. Martina McBride – “Independence Day”
74. Brad Paisley – “Mud on the Tires”
73. Hank Williams – “Jambalaya”
72. Reba McEntire – “The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia”
71. Glen Campbell – “Gentle on my Mind”
70. George Strait – “Amarillo by Morning”
69. Blake Shelton – “God Gave Me You”
68. Johnny Horton – “The Battle of New Orleans”
67. Dolly Parton – “9 to 5”
66. The Chicks – “Landslide”
65. Johnny Cash – “Daddy Sang Bass”
64. Lady A – “Need You Now”
63. Garth Brooks – “If Tomorrow Never Comes”
62. Waylon Jennings – “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys”
61. Darius Rucker – “Alright”
60. Brooks and Dunn – “My Maria”
59. Patsy Cline – “Walking After Midnight”
58. Zac Brown Band – “Chicken Fried”
57. Willie Nelson – “Always On My Mind”
56. Eli Young Band – “Crazy Girl”
55. Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton – “Islands in the Stream”
54. Johnny Cash – “Sunday Morning Coming Down”
53. Taylor Swift – “Tim McGraw”
52. David Allan Coe – “You Never Even Called Me By My Name”
51. Tim Mcgraw/Faith Hill – “It’s Your Love”


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50. Dave Dudley – “Six Days on the Road”
49. The Chicks – “Cowboy Take Me Away”
48. Hank Williams – “Hey Good Lookin'”
47. Reba McEntire – “Fancy”
46. Waylon Jennings – “Good Hearted Woman”
45. Zac Brown Band – “Colder Weather”
44. Charley Pride – “Kiss an Angel Good Morning”
43. Darius Rucker – “Wagon Wheel”
42. George Strait – “All My Ex’s Live in Texas”
41. Johnny Cash – “A Boy Named Sue”
40. Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffett – “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere”
39. Kenny Rogers – “The Gambler”
38. Jason Aldean – “Big Green Tractor”
37. Brooks and Dunn – “Neon Moon”
36. Merle Haggard – “Okie From Muskogee”
35. Randy Travis – “Forever and Ever, Amen”
34. Luke Bryan – “Play It Again”
33. Johnny Paycheck – “Take This Job and Shove It”
32. Travis Tritt – “It’s a Great Day to be Alive”
31. Loretta Lynn – “Coal Miner’s Daughter”
30. Johnny Lee – “Lookin’ For Love”
29. Kenny Chesney – “Don’t Blink”
28. Conway Twitty – “Hello Darlin'”
27. Lee Greenwood – “God Bless The USA”
26. Tim McGraw – “Don’t Take the Girl”
25. Waylon Jennings – “Luckenbach Texas”
24. Eric Church – “Drink in my Hand”
23. Keith Whitley – “When You Say Nothing At All”
22. Hank Williams – “Your Cheatin’ Heart”
21. Tim McGraw – “Live Like You Were Dying”
20. Johnny Cash – “Ring of Fire”
19. Alan Jackson – “Livin’ on Love”
18. Patsy Cline – “I Fall to Pieces”
17. Jason Aldean – “Dirt Road Anthem”
16. Marty Robbins – “El Paso”
15. Alabama – “Mountain Music”
14. Florida Georgia – “Line Cruise”
13. Tammy Wynette – “Stand By Your Man”
12. Kenny Chesney – “How Forever Feels”
11. George Strait – “The Chair”
10. Willie Nelson – “On the Road Again”
9. Garth Brooks – “The Dance”
8. Roger Miller – “King of the Road”
7. Charlie Daniels Band – “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”
6. George Jones – “He Stopped Loving Her Today”
5. Eric Church – “Springsteen”
4. Dolly Parton – “I Will Always Love You”
3. Johnny Cash – “Folsom Prison Blues”
2. Patsy Cline – “Crazy”
1. Garth Brooks – “Friends in Low Places”

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