Listen to Ten of the Best Classic Country Love Songs

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January 31, 2019

January is over, and we are welcoming February with open arms and heart. Yes, we say heart too because it’s the month of love. People will be celebrating with their significant others. However, Valentine’s Day is not only for people in a romantic relationship. Valentine’s is meant to be celebrated with anyone you love. You can buy a bouquet of flowers and boxes of chocolate for your mom or your friends, it doesn’t really matter. Love is seen in many different ways.

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Since some of you folks would love to dedicate songs to the people you love, we got your back here in Country Thang Daily. So, we put together the best country love songs just for you.

Top Ten Country Love Songs

“I Will Always Love You,” Dolly Parton

Sometimes leaving someone doesn’t mean that you don’t love them. People set their loved ones free because they don't want to hold them back. This is what Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” is all about. However, when Parton wrote the song, she didn’t intend to write it as a love song.

In 1973, Parton wrote the song for her longtime singing partner, Porter Wagoner. It was written as a farewell song as she embarks on her new journey as a solo artist. Wagoner felt betrayed when he found out Parton’s plan of pursuing a solo career. But when he heard the song, he said that it was the prettiest song he has ever heard.

Parton recorded the song three times. The first version was for her album Jolene. The second version was a soundtrack for the movie The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Both of her versions peaked at number one on the country chart. The third version of “I Will Always Love You” was a duet with Vince Gill in 1995. Her third version reached number fifteen on the country chart.

“Ring of Fire,” Johnny Cash

Love feels like a ring of fire, that’s what Johnny Cash song, “Ring of Fire,” is all about. It was written by June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore in 1962. The first recording of the song was by June’s sister, Anita Carter, for her album Folk Songs Old and New. When Cash heard it, he decided to record it.

In 1963, after dreaming of the song, and how it’s going to sound like, Cash finally took the leap and covered the song. What came next was a massive success of his version. “Ring of Fire” became Cash’s signature song.

I fell in to a burning ring of fire

I went down, down, down

And the flames went higher

“Always On My Mind,” Willie Nelson

It is such a wonderful feeling to fall in love and be with someone that makes you feel happy. However, love needs effort in order for it to survive. When you don’t put an effort into your relationship to work out, it could die. It is better to express how you feel. Tell the person you love how much they mean to you. Show them by doing simple acts that will make them feel that you care for them.

Willie Nelson’s Version of “Always on My Mind” can serve as a reminder for those who take their loved ones for granted. The narrator of the song may be thinking of his woman all the time, but he isn't doing anything to make her feel special. This is something that shouldn't be done in a relationship.

Little things I should have said and done

I just never took the time

But you were always on my mind

“Always on My Mind” was first recorded by B.J. Thomas in 1969. However, Nelson’s version went straight up to the Billboard Country chart. Furthermore, it secured a spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary chart. He also won the Grammy’s Single of the Year. “Always on My Mind” by Nelson was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008.

Because of Nelson’s version, the songwriters won a Grammy Award too.

“If Tomorrow Never Comes,” Garth Brooks

Tomorrow is never a guarantee. You cannot say "I’ll do it tomorrow" because we cannot be sure if we are still alive then. Therefore, you must live today like there’s no tomorrow. You must tell the people you love how much they meant to you because there is no second chance in life once you or the person you love is gone.

Garth Brooks wrote a beautiful timeless country song about the importance of telling the people you love how you feel. “If Tomorrow Never Comes” entered our list as it truly has a heartfelt message which is perfect for this coming Valentine’s Day.

“If Tomorrow Never Comes” was the first love song written by Brooks. He wrote this with Kent Blazy in 1988 and included it on his album, Garth Brooks. His recording went to number one on the country chart and is considered to be his signature song.

Ronan Keating made the song popular outside of the US when he recorded it in 2001. The song entered charts in Australia, France, Germany, Netherlands, and more. It has also reached number one on the UK charts.

Today marks the 31st anniversary of the song.

“Forever and Ever, Amen,” Randy Travis

How long can you love someone? Can you love them even if they are old? Can you promise to be with them like Randy Travis song says,

I’m gonna love you forever and ever

Forever and ever, amen.

Travis recorded the song “Forever and Ever, Amen” in 1987 as part of his studio album Always & Forever. He released the song in the same year as a single, and it placed at number one on both the US and Canadian Country chart. Furthermore, Travis won a Grammy and ACM Award in 1987.

The narrator of the song promises his lady that he will love her forever even when they are old. He also assures her that despite his past, he’s willing to change just for her.

You may think that I'm talking foolish

You've heard that I'm wild and I'm free

You may wonder how I can promise you now

This love that I feel for you always will be

Changing for the person you love, and keeping your promise would be a wonderful thing for you and your significant other.

“I Swear,” John Michael Montgomery

Like Randy Travis song “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “I Swear” is also a bit similar to it. John Michael Montgomery’s single tells the story of a man promising his wife that he will be with her forever. He assures her that nothing will change, and his love will always stay the same.

I see the questions in your eyes

I know what's weighing on your mind

But you can be sure I know my part

'Cause I'll stand beside you through the years

Isn’t it wonderful when someone will sing you this song? It would even be better if someone will stand by your side until the very end.

“I Swear” gave Montgomery his second number one song on the chart. He released it as a single in 1993 from his studio album Kickin’ It Up. Aside from Montgomery, another artist recorded the song. In 1994, All-4-One covered the song and they also made it reach the top of the pop chart. They even took it further by making the song enter on different charts outside of the US. Their cover was even more successful when it has been certified by various recording industries outside of the US.

Come and sing along with this romantic love song by John Michael Montgomery.

“I Cross My Heart,” George Strait

In 1992, George Strait released his single “I Cross My Heart” from his album Pure Country. The song became a success as it reached number one on the Billboard Country Songs chart. “I Cross My Heart” was the last song featured in the movie Pure Country, where Strait starred.

The song was written by Steve Dorff and Eric Kaz. It tells the story of love that is unconditional. The narrator promised to his lover to stay the same forever and to love each other for the rest of their lives.

I cross my heart and promise to

Give all I've got to give to make all your dreams come true

In all the world you'll never find a love as true as mine

“When You Say Nothing At All,” Keith Whitley

Sometimes we don’t need words to show how much we love someone. Merely sitting with the person you love, can make you feel that instant connection. You can feel the love you have with one another by just looking at them. Isn’t it that’s the best kind of love?

Keith Whitley showed us that even in silence, love does exist. “When You Say Nothing At All” is first recorded by Whitley in 1988. He made it reach number one on the US and Canadian Country chart. Don Schlitz, one of the songwriters, said that Whitley did sing the song from his heart.

If you haven’t heard Keith Whitley’s version, take a look at his video here. Surely, you will agree with Schlitz.

“I Need You,” Faith Hill and Tim McGraw

Of course, we shouldn't forget a duet from country singers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Aside from their amazing talent, these two are such a beautiful couple in the country music industry. McGraw and Hill have been married for almost twenty-three years. They can be a beautiful inspiration to others.

They have done other songs together, but “I Need You” is one that will always make you love them both. It was written by David Lee and Tony Lane in 2008. When McGraw and Hill recorded the song, it reached number eight on the country charts. Furthermore, it was also nominated on the 2008 Grammy awards.

According to McGraw an interview with CMT, he wanted the song to be a duet between him and his wife. But, their voices must not be harmonized. Instead, he wanted a song where he and his wife will trade lines.

“I Need You” tells the story of two people who were deeply in love. They expressed how much they need each other, and if the other is gone, they can’t survive.

“Islands in the Stream,” Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

“Islands in the Stream” is one of Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s best work together. This song tells all about two people who are in love, and they know they were made for each other. There is no one who will come in their way. No one’s going to steal one from the other, therefore, all they need is to make their love real and forever.

Islands in the stream

That is what we are

No one in-between

How can we be wrong

Sail away with me to another world

And we rely on each other, ah-ah

From one lover to another, ah-ah

The Bee Gees wrote the song in 1983. It was supposed to be recorded by Marvin Gaye, but they changed their mind and gave it to country singers Rogers and Parton. The two made their song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, and Hot Country Songs chart. Furthermore, it entered different charts outside of the US.

Those are the ten country songs that made it to our list, but let’s not end here. We included some more country love songs you might want to take a look at or listen to.

  1. “Feels So Right,” Alabama
  2. Have I Told You Lately that I Love You,” Hank Williams
  3. “I Do (Cherish You),” Mark Wills
  4. “You Decorated My Life,” Kenny Rogers
  5. “Amazed,” Lonestar
  6. “How Do I Live,” Leann Rimes/ Trisha Yearwood
  7. “You and I,” Crystal Gayle and Eddie Rabbit
  8. “When I Said I Do,” Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black
  9. “Remember When,” Alan Jackson
  10. “You’re Still the One,” Shania Twain

There you have it, folks! Ten country love songs you can dedicate to your significant other or listen to this coming Valentine’s Day.