According to Ranker (a website known for ranking anything), “Amarillo by Morning” is voted as the best 1980’s country song. The 1980s is considered as the start of the rise of the king of country music, George Strait.

In this list, we will see why people up to this day love the song “Amarillo by Morning” and why it is one of the greatest hits of the singer.

amarillo by morning, george

via George Strait’s official Facebook page

“Amarillo by Morning,” The ’80s Hit

The song is all about the life of cowboys. It is heartbreaking because it narrates how a rodeo cowboy lost a wife and a girlfriend throughout his journey. Two elements of country music are found in the song: cowboys and a heartbreaking story. The song also helped propel the career of the young George Strait.

This may have been George’s breakout song, but it did not reach the top of the charts. It only landed at number 4 unlike some of his hits that reached the number 1 spot. Interestingly, the song also made it to CMT’s Greatest Country Songs of All Time, landing at number 12.

george strait, amarillo by morning

via Screen frame from George Strait’s official YouTube account

Other 1980’s Hits

Let’s take the ranking more as a popularity contest. People voted for what they think is the best country song but it does not necessarily mean that the list is the right one. Here are other songs that made it to the top 10:

2. “Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis
3. “When You Say Nothing at All” by Keith Whitley
4. “Lookin’ for Love” by Johnny Lee
5. “Fishin’ in the Dark” by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
6. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones
7. “Ocean Front Property” by George Strait
8. “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” by George Strait 
9. “Mountain Music” by Alabama
10. “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)” by Alabama
There you have it, folks. Did your favorite song from the 1980s make it to the list?

Listen to the “Amarillo by Morning” here: