The top 10 country songs of the 1980s range from solo ballads to group harmonies from artists both familiar and new on the scene. One of the biggest country songs of the decade was a duet by two legendary stars of the genre.Continue Reading
The No. 1 country song of the 1980s was "He Stopped Loving Her Today" by George Jones. The song won him both Grammy and Country Music Association awards. The No. 2 country song was "Forever and Ever, Amen" by Randy Travis, whose music leaned toward traditional country. The Judds, a mother-and-daughter duo, recorded the No. 3 song, "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ole Days)." While it was not the only chart-topper for this group, it was their most well-known song. The country music group Alabama took the No. 4 spot with "Mountain Music," one of their many hits. Ronnie Milsap's "Smoky Mountain Rain" landed in No. 5.
Johnny Lee's "Lookin' for Love," the No. 6 country hit of the 1980s, gained exposure by appearing on the "Urban Cowboy" soundtrack. The No. 7 song, "Islands in the Stream," by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, represented two of country music's biggest stars at the height of their popularity. "Bop," the No. 8 country song of the 1980s, was recorded by Dan Seals. It charted at No. 1 in 1985 and earned the Country Music Association's Single of the Year award the same year. The Oak Ridge Boys' "Elvira," was one of the most-requested radio hits when it was released in 1981, earning it the No. 9 position for the decade. Anne Murray's "Could I Have This Dance," which became a popular wedding song, was the No. 10 country hit of the 1980s.Learn more about Art & Literature