Classic country songs include "Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys," by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, and "Jolene" by Dolly Parton. "Stand by Your Man" by Tammy Wynette is another well-known classic country song. Hank Williams sang the country classic, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."
"Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys" was written by Ed and Patsy Bruce, and it was released in 1979 through RCA Victor. The record hit the number-one position on the Billboard Top Country Albums Charts and remained there for 10 more weeks following its release. Additionally, the song won a Grammy Award for the Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.
"Jolene" was released in 1973 and was one of Dolly Parton's first hit singles. It has been covered by over 30 singers in many languages as of 2015.
Tammy Wynette wrote the song "Stand By Your Man" with Billy Sherrill. It was the most successful song of Wynette's career and was featured in the movie "Five Easy Pieces," starring Jack Nicholson.
Williams introduced his song "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" in 1949, and it has been recorded by several artists since. B.J. Thomas was the most successful with his 1966 release of the song.