According to "Rolling Stone" magazine, the top 100 country songs of all time include Alabama's "Mountain Music," Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" and C.W. McCall's "Convoy." These songs paid homage to home towns, current events and the simple parts of life. As of 2015, some country music artists turn toward more pop-laden melodies, but many artists still choose the classic country style and sound.
"Mountain Music," Alabama's 1982 nod to Southern roots, is a widely recognizable country standard. Singer Randy Owen was inspired by his younger days on Lookout Mountain, climbing trees, swimming in rivers and working on his family's small cotton farm, and he set these memories to fiddles and country harmonies.
Johnny Cash wrote "Folsom Prison Blues" after viewing the 1951 film "Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison," while serving with the U.S. Air Force in Germany. Cash recorded the song for an album in 1956, but performed a different version for inmates at Folsom 12 years later. That particular version became the iconic copy.
C.W. McCall paid tribute to the CB radio in 1976 with his hit "Convoy." Labeled as a novelty song, the CB jargon-filled tune took the trucker world by storm, reaching the top of both the country and pop charts. "Convoy" was McCall's only number one hit of his career, and it sold two million copies.