Popular old-time country music songs include Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man," Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places," Glen Campbell's "Galveston" and Alabama's "Mountain Music." The songs are built around a classic, old-fashioned country sound with fiddles, steel guitars and lyrics that pay tribute to hometowns, love and ways of life.
According to Country Music Television, "Stand By Your Man" is the best country song ever written. When Tammy Wynette released the single in 1968, it was met with controversy. Feminist groups protested outside of Wynette's performances and destroyed copies of the record, proclaiming that women should not defend men when they wrong but instead hold them accountable for their actions.
Garth Brooks recorded "Friends in Low Places" in 1990. The lyrics of the song depict someone who unknowingly clashes with higher-class social situations but shrugs it off as the norm among his own group of old-fashioned country friends. The movie "Honky Tonk Man" features the song as its title track.
Glen Campbell's "Galveston" was released in 1969 as a tribute to soldiers away from home. The lyrics center around a soldier who misses and longs to return to his hometown of Galveston, Texas. The song has since become the official anthem of Galveston Island.
"Mountain Music," Alabama's 1982 nod to their Southern roots, is a widely recognizable country standard. The song was inspired by singer Randy Owen's days on Lookout Mountain, climbing trees, swimming in rivers and working on his family's small cotton farm.