Don’t you have moments when you just want to take some time off and listen to great slow country songs? Often these songs can be uplifting, helping us appreciate the things going on around us, or sometimes they can make us sad, helping us understand our emotions even more.
Regardless, these songs can speak to us more than the upbeat ones. Check them out below.
1. “Amazed” by Lonestar
Released as a single from the country group’s 1999 album Lonely Grill, the song became the band’s longest-lasting No. 1 single – spending eight weeks atop the Billboard country chart – and will forever be their signature song.
2. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” by Hank Williams
Written and recorded by Hank Williams, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” was said to be inspired by his turbulent relationship with his first wife, musician Audrey Sheppard. It has been covered countless times. Some more notable versions are by Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley.
3. “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter
Twenty-five years ago, young Deana Carter from Tennessee made her debut in the country music scene with a song that everybody has rejected. Written by Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison, the duo pitched “Strawberry Wine” to different record labels in Nashville, but nobody’s interested in recording it.
Luckily, Carter came along and made it to a major hit.
4. “I Cross My Heart” by George Strait
One of the most romantic country wedding songs to ever play in the radio waves was released in 1992, with George Strait storming the airwaves and the nation’s hearts.
The song “I Cross My Heart” was included in Strait’s album Pure Country, which was also the soundtrack to the dramatic musical Western film of the same title. Although the movie was unsuccessful at the box office, the soundtrack became Strait’s most successful studio album.
5. “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” by Willie Nelson
Even by the criteria of sad country songs, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” is one solemn tune. Willie Nelson finds himself kissing the woman he loves goodbye, knowing that he’ll never see her again. He has become an older man who was unable to find true love again and looks to the day he’ll meet her in heaven.
6. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones
This touching song, “He Stopped Loving Her Today”, is no ordinary song! It tells the tale of a man who was left behind by the woman he loves. Still, his love and affection for her never faded until the day that he himself passed away. It’s absolutely the kind of love we all long for, one that is so strong – not even a farewell can weaken it.
7. “Remember When” by Alan Jackson
Written by Alan Jackson himself, “Remember When” serves as a source of contemplation for the country singer as he thinks about his life with his wife, Denise – tracing the early stages of their relationship throughout their future together.
8. “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
This life-affirming song delivers an inspiring, timeless message. It tells the tale of a mother who expressed her desire for her children to step out and eagerly accept life and take a chance on love and faith.
9. “Today I Started Loving You Again” by Merle Haggard
Even though the song wasn’t really a hit for country legend Merle Haggard, it’s among the most popular and most important songs of his career. There’s nothing better than a love song about a man who finally sees through all the mess and realizes what he has with the woman right in front of him.
10. “Don’t Take That Girl” by Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw still pulls at country fans’ heartstrings every time they listen to his first No. 1 hit, “Don’t Take The Girl.” Released in 1994 as the second single from his album Not a Moment Too Soon, the song tells the tale of two budding lovers who deal with challenging situations at three separate times of their lives – with the man making sure that no one could take his girl away from him.
11. “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Keith Whitley
Keith Whitley finds himself asking the woman he loves to forget her previous paramour and make love with her eyes open. The song has since turned into a timeless slow-dance in every honky-tonk.
12. “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert
Though Miranda Lambert did not write “The House That Built Me,” it’s a pitch-perfect song that recaps her childhood. In fact, her family was shocked when they found out she didn’t write the song.
13. “Through The Years” by Kenny Rogers
One of the most famous hymns of marital fidelity, “Through The Years,” finds Rogers looking back at a relationship that has endured life’s ups and downs.
14. “When You Say Nothing At All” by Alison Krauss
Written by two leading country songwriters, Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz, the song became a hit song for three different performers. Alison Krauss took it to No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in 1995 – her first solo top 10 country hit.
15. “She’s Got You” by Patsy Cline
Written by Country Music Hall of Fame songwriter Hank Cochran, he remembered calling Patsy Cline and telling her that he had just written her next No. 1 hit. So, he came over to Cline’s house to play the song on his guitar for her.
Emotionally moved by its lyrics, Cline learned it that night and recorded it at her next session. As expected, the song immediately went to No. 1 on the Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.
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Indeed, these slow country songs are the perfect getaway for life’s ups and downs.