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06-05-2003, 02:09 PM
Country Music Televisionís list of the 100 greatest songs in country music, along with the artist who popularized it:

1. Stand by Your Man by Tammy Wynette

2. He Stopped Loving Her Today by George Jones

3. Crazy by Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson

4. Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash

5. Your Cheatiní Heart by Hank Williams

6. Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks

7. I Fall to Pieces by Patsy Cline

8. Galveston by Glen Campbell

9. Behind Closed Doors by Charlie Rich

10. Mommas Donít Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson

11. Blue Moon of Kentucky by Bill Monroe

12. Amarillo by Morning by George Strait

13. Coal Minerís Daughter by Loretta Lynn

14. The Dance by Garth Brooks

15. Forever and Ever, Amen by Randy Travis

16. I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton

17. Hello Darliní by Conway Twitty

18. Country Roads by John Denver

19. Hey Good Lookiní by Hank Williams

20. I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow by Foggy Bottom Boys

21. Okie from Muskogee by Merle Haggard

22. Wide Open Spaces by Dixie Chicks

23. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain by Willie Nelson

24. The Chair by George Strait

25. Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash

26. The Gambler by Kenny Rogers

27. Fancy by Reba McEntire

28. Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning) by Alan Jackson

29. Iím So Lonesome I Could Cry by Hank Williams Sr.

30. I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack

31. I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash

32. Rhinestone Cowboy by Glen Campbell

33. Always on My Mind by Willie Nelson

34. Harper Valley PTA by Jeannie C. Riley

35. D-I-V-O-R-C-E by Tammy Wynette

36. Will the Circle be Unbroken by Carter Family, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

37. King of the Road by Roger Miller

38. Breathe by Faith Hill

39. Make the World Go Away by Eddy Arnold

40. Hello Walls by Faron Young

41. Sweet Dreams by Patsy Cline

42. El Paso by Marty Robbins

43. Delta Dawn by Tanya Tucker

44. When I Call Your Name by Vince Gill

45. Guitars, Cadillacs by Dwight Yoakam

46. Desperado by the Eagles

47. Donít Come Home A Drinkiní (With Loviní on Your Mind) by Loretta Lynn

48. Boot Scootiní Boogie by Brooks & Dunn

49. I Canít Stop Loving You by Ray Charles

50. Independence Day by Martina McBride

51. It Wasnít God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels by Kitty Wells

52. On the Other Hand by Randy Travis

53. Walking the Floor Over You by Ernest Tubb

54. Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton

55. Act Naturally by Buck Owens

56. Mama Heís Crazy by the Judds

57. If Youíve Got the Money, Iíve Got the Time by Lefty Frizzell

58. Kiss an Angel Good Morning by Charlie Pride

59. Family Tradition by Hank Williams Jr.

60. Go Rest High on That Mountain by Vince Gill

61. Lovesick Blues by Hank Williams

62. Donít Rock the Jukebox by Alan Jackson

63. Tennessee Waltz by Patty Page

64. When You Say Nothing at All by Alison Krauss

65. God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood

66. Green, Green Grass of Home by Porter Wagoner

67. Itís Your Love by Tim McGraw with Faith Hill

68. There Stands the Glass by Webb Pierce

69. Devil Went Down to Georgia by Charlie Daniels

70. Chiseled in Stone by Vern Gosdin

71. Donít Toss Us Away by Patty Loveless

72. A Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash

73. You Are My Sunshine by Gov. Jimmy Davis

74. Flowers on the Wall by Statler Brothers

75. Strawberry Wine by Deana Carter

76. Good Hearted Woman by Waylon Jennings

77. Youíre Still the One by Shania Twain

78. My Homeís in Alabama by Alabama

79. Is There Life Out There by Reba McEntire

80. Sheís in Love With the Boy by Trisha Yearwood

81. Smoky Mountain Rain by Ronnie Milsap

82. Shouldíve Been a Cowboy by Toby Keith

83. Rose Garden by Lynn Anderson

84. Please Remember Me by Tim McGraw

85. Blue by LeAnn Rimes

86. Before the Next Teardrop Falls by Freddie Fender

87. Passionate Kisses by Mary Chapin Carpenter

88. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You by Gene Autry

89. Hereís a Quarter by Travis Tritt

90. Heíll Have to Go by Jim Reeves

91. Seven Year Ache by Rosanne Cash

92. Sunday Morning Coming Down by Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson

93. Take this Job and Shove It by Johnny PayCheck

94. Something in Red by Lorrie Morgan

95. Foggy Mountain Breakdown by Flatt & Scruggs

96. Iíd Be Better Off in a Pine Box by Doug Stone

97. Amazed by Lonestar

98. Faded Love by Bob Wills

99. Back in the Saddle Again by Gene Autry

100. Killiní Time by Clint Black

I'm in class right now, so I'll comment on this later...but I wanted to get it up here for everyone to see. :)


Carol Ann
06-05-2003, 02:15 PM
I don't agree with Breathe being at number 38. I don't think it should be on this list at all. I'll be so happy when the Faith flame burns out because I am sick to death of hearing about her and seeing her everywhere you go. I don't see the fascination, just my opinion.

Carol Ann

06-05-2003, 11:39 PM
I agree Carol Ann....as I look over the list of songs, before and after #38, that just doesn't fit at all, IMO. Does anybody know how they picked these in this order?

06-05-2003, 11:52 PM
Wow! That's pretty impressive a list! And to think, for someone like me so new to country to even know half those songs and I don't listen to much radio. :)

06-06-2003, 12:05 AM
I know a lot of it has to do with tv programming. They want strong artists at the top of each hour and a good mix between old and young, so that people don't get bored with songs they don't know and change the channel. The top of the hour lead in is a huge factor though.

oh what am I saying? a panel of country music experts, artists, and industry personnel were asked to submit their lists and the list is a tabulation of their votes. :rolleyes:

Was Oceanfront Property on the list?

06-06-2003, 04:39 AM
Originally posted by ProducerJ

Was Oceanfront Property on the list?

it will always be on my list ;)


06-09-2003, 01:14 PM
I agree that Faith should not have been on the list! I can not stand her since she got together with Tim! They are so cutsey pie together it makes me sick!

Joyce you hit it right on the nail! This list is a joke!

Btw I am very happy to see two of Garth's songs on the list but what about "If Tomorrow Never Comes" or "Unanswered Prayers"


Chris Gaines
06-09-2003, 01:27 PM
64. When You Say Nothing at All by Alison KraussKeith Whitley was the original singer, and I like his version best.. I can't believe that they listed it without HIM.. it was HIS SONG

06-09-2003, 04:36 PM
Gary and I were griping about that last night - how disrespectful to country music to list Allison's version. :mad:

06-09-2003, 05:15 PM
I heard on the radio this morning that Patty Loveless was honored to be included on the list but she really thought her song Here I Am would have been the song on the list.

Garthy sidenote: Here I Am was written by Tony Arata. :D

06-10-2003, 03:49 PM
I don't agree with quite a few of those songs being on there; to name a few, Passionate Kisses, Breathe of course, and Please Remember Me. i dont really think any of those songs did anything for country music, or helped shape it in any way. i am happy that Foggy Mountain Breakdown was on there, it never crossed my mind, but i think it did do something for country music. Man of Constant Sorrows was a good choice too, i think - but i thought the Soggy Bottom Boys never were a real group? if not it seems to me they should put Dan Tyminski's name for it. course i guess they could have been a real group...another song that i think should have been on there was Ricky Skaggs' Country Boy At Heart. i think that was a big hit when it was released, and wasnt it Bill Monroe who was on the video with him? anyway, those are just what i was thinkin whenever i watched the special on CMT.