Some of the top country songs of all time are "Folsom Prison Blues," "Devil Went Down to Georgia," "Crazy," "The Gambler" and "Heartbreak Hotel." Some others are "Hello Darlin'," "Don't Take The Girl," "Coal Miner's Daughter" and "Hey Good Lookin."Continue Reading
In the 1956 hit "Folsom Prison Blues," Johnny Cash tells the story of prison life from the perspective of a prisoner. The Charlie Daniels Band's classic "Devil Went Down to Georgia" came out in 1979 and is still a popular song. "Crazy," by Patsy Cline, was released in 1961 and is considered a quintessential hit for Cline and country music in general. Kenny Rogers' 1978 hit "The Gambler" contains the well-known phrase, "You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em." Although normally considered a rock-and-roll singer, Elvis ventured into the country genre with "Heartbreak Hotel"; the song came out in 1956 and was the artist's first single to sell 1 million copies.
Conway Twitty's 1970 hit "Hello Darlin'" spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard country music chart and is considered Twitty's signature song. Tim McGraw's "Don't Take The Girl" came out in 1994 as part of the "Not a Moment Too Soon" album, which sold 6 million copies. "Coal Miner's Daughter" by Loretta Lynn is an autobiographical song that was turned into a book and movie. The Hank Williams classic "Hey Good Lookin" was the fifth number-one hit for the singer.Learn more about Art & Literature