Some of the most popular and well-received country songs are "Heartbreak Hotel," "Don't Take The Girl," "God Bless the USA," and "I Will Always Love You." Other country hits include "I Hope You Dance," "Hey Good Lookin," "Crazy," "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" and "Folsom Prison Blues."Continue Reading
"Heartbreak Hotel" was performed by Elvis Presley and was the artist's first single to sell 1 million copies. Tim McGraw's "Don't Take The Girl" was a number one single in 1994, selling more than 6 million copies. "God Bless the USA," sung by Lee Greenwood, was a big hit when it was released and continues to be a favorite patriotic anthem. Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" topped the charts when it was released in 1974. It was famously covered in the 1990s by Whitney Houston.
The cross-genre "I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack was a major success and swept the music awards when it came out. "Hey Good Lookin," performed by Hank Williams, was a number one hit in 1951 and remains one of the most beloved country songs of all time. Patsy Cline's haunting "Crazy" was a big hit in 1961 and still appears on most top country song lists. Folk-country ballads such as "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by The Charlie Daniels Band and "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash were hits upon release and are considered quintessential country songs.Learn more about Art & Literature