Who doesn’t love dreamy country love songs? Whether you are on a hunt for the perfect playlist for Valentine’s Day or need something emotional to blast on your next road trip, or perhaps you’re just in the mood to stream feel-good country ballads that’ll remind you of your first love – sit back and relax! We have already curated the ultimate playlist for you!
So, get ready to fall head over heels in love as we try to set the mood for a romantic moment with the best country love songs of all time!
1. “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash
June Carter co-wrote “Ring of Fire” about her relationship with her husband Johnny Cash and what they were going through at that time. Carter first found inspiration for the song in a poetry book owned by her uncle, where a phrase that says “Love is like a burning ring of fire” was underlined.
Then one night, while driving around aimlessly, Carter found herself worrying about Cash’s wild ways – she’s fully aware that she could never resist him. This led her to write: “There is no way to be in that kind of hell, no way to extinguish a flame that burns, burns, burns.”
From that one line, a powerful ballad was born and would eventually chart No. 1 on the 1963 Billboard US Hot Country Singles chart.
2. “I Swear” by John Michael Montgomery
“I Swear” became a hit for country music singer John Michael Montgomery in 1993 – spending four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard US Hot Country Singles chart and later crossing over to pop radio.
The song is a ballad wherein a man promises the woman he loves that he will always love her. “I swear like the shadow that’s by your side. I’ll be there for better or worse. Till death do us part. I’ll love you with every beat of my heart. And I swear,” the song goes.
Since its release, “I Swear” has been used in several movies and TV shows.
3. “Bless The Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts
“Bless the Broken Road” has been recorded by several country music singers, with Rascal Flatts’ version being the highest-charting. Their rendition of the ballad climbed to the top spot of the Billboard US Hot Country Songs charts in 2005 and even earned a Grammy Award for Best Country Song for its songwriters.
The song tells how the journey of getting over a past relationship’s heartbreak and disappointment can eventually lead to finding one’s true love.
“’Bless the Broken Road’ talks about all the different roads one goes down to find their true love,” country singer Melodie Crittenden said, who released her version in 1998. “When I would get lonely and frustrated, waiting on my husband to come along, I always tried to remind myself of one very important thing. God is in control! He’s always been there and always will be. I am so thankful I handed God the reigns because, with Him, I knew I’d go down the right path.”
4. “You and I” by Crystal Gayle and Eddie Rabbitt
This delightful duet of Crystal Gayle and Eddie Rabbitt celebrates the bond of love between a man and woman who foresees the future with nothing but pleasure and resilience.
Amazingly, Gayle and Rabbitt’s voices complimented each other that they received such an overwhelming response from the listening public. The song became a big country-pop crossover hit for the two singers.
5. “I’ll Still Be Loving You” by Restless Heart
Restless Heart’s “I’ll Still Be Loving You” skyrocketed from a No. 1 country song to a top 40 pop hit, peaking at No. 33.
But did you know the country music group originally hesitated to record the song due to its lyrical content? Fortunately, Tim DuBois really convinced them to do so.
“If you really examine the lyrics – ‘I’ll be yours until the sun doesn’t shine, Til’ time stands still;’ Really, we were going to cut this? But, he pushed us to do it, and it worked,” Guitarist Greg Jennings recalled.
6. “Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis
This is one of sixteen chart-topping singles country music icon Randy Travis has earned through his glorious career. It also helped Travis earn multiple awards, including both an Academy of Country Music and a Country Music Association Awards for Single of the Year in 1987.
“Forever and Ever, Amen” was actually written by two Nashville luminaries, Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz. The song’s title is credited to Schlitz’s son, who would often say good night to his mother with, “Mommy, I love you forever and ever, amen.”
7. “You’re Still The One” by Shania Twain
Shania Twain had her first Top 10 hit both in the United States and the United Kingdom, even reaching No. 1 in Australia, thanks to “You’re Still The One.” The song is also Twain’s most successful single release on the Billboard Hot 100, spending nine weeks at No. 2.
The enchanting ballad even won big during the 1998 Grammy Awards taking home both Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song. Twain actually wrote it with her then-husband and producer, Robert Lange. And the lyrics were inspired by their marriage at that time.
8. “You Decorated My Life” by Kenny Rogers
Here’s another Grammy Award-winning love song, taking home Country Song of the Year in 1980. But the first time Kenny Rogers heard “You Decorated My Life,” he thought the song was just a bit too over-sentimental for his taste.
“That was one of those songs that I never even expected to get recorded,” Bob Morrison, one of the songwriters, said. “When Debbie and I finished it, a lot of people said ‘Decorated? Come on, man.’ It is unusual with respect to that word.”
So, the song ended up sitting at the bottom of a stack of recordings. But a year later, Rogers finally caved in, and the result was nothing but spectacular.
9. “Amazed” by Lonestar
Lonestar’s “Amazed” is absolutely one of the dreamiest country songs of all time, no wonder why it has become the most requested wedding first dance.
Three Nashville songwriters joined forces in writing this song, wherein two of them are a married couple: Chris Lindsey and Aimee Mayo. Lindsey and Mayo drew upon their growing romance for inspiration. “Our feelings for each other just started coming out as we were writing,” Mayo revealed. The song became the first country No. 1 hit for the three songwriters.
10. “When You Say Nothing at All” by Keith Whitley
Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz, both Nashville luminaries, wrote the song at the end of a somewhat wasteful day. While strumming their guitar, doing their best to come up with their next song, they ended up empty-handed.
However, Overstreet said, “As we tried to find another way to say nothing, we came up with the song.” It ended up a No. 1 hit for Keith Whitley, his first chart-topper after three previous singles made the Top 10. “Keith did a great job singin’ that song,” Schlitz said. “He truly sang it from the heart.”
11. “Look at Us” by Vince Gill
When Vince Gill released “Look At Us” in 1991, it became one of the most-requested songs for anniversaries.
The song tells the tale of a couple who’ve been in love and married for several years. The moment you’d listen to it, you’ll absolutely be looking back the moment you fell in love with your significant other or associate it with real-life couples, like your parents.
Gill actually co-wrote the song to celebrate his marriage with his wife, Janis.
12. “To Make You Feel My Love” by Garth Brooks
Written by Bob Dylan, “Make You Feel My Love” is one of the singer-songwriter’s lesser complex or metaphorical songs than he would usually do. And for those very reasons, the song became one of the most covered ones in his catalog – with Garth Brooks’ version as the most successful one.
Brooks’ rendition was featured in the 1998 drama film Hope Floats. It also earned a nomination for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song during the 41st Grammy Award.
13. “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brooks
Here’s another one from Garth Brooks that you’ll surely fall in love with. This country superstar definitely knows how to tug at our heartstrings!
The beautiful ballad was released in 1989 as the second single from Brooks’ self-titled album, and it quickly grew as one of Brooks’ signature songs. It’s also the country crooner’s first single to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart. In 1991, the song was named the Favorite Country Single at the American Music Awards.
14. “Take Me There” by Rascal Flatts
Rascal Flatts’ “Take Me There” was actually co-written by country superstar Kenny Chesney.
“I had the idea for that song several years ago, and I had written it down on a piece of paper in a notebook. I was going through a bunch of stuff and saw where I had written that down and had forgotten about it,” Chesney said.
“The whole idea of the song was about meeting someone who still has their guard up from a previous relationship or whatever it is,” he added. “There’s something inside of her that she’s not showing anybody, about what makes her tick, about what makes her love, what makes her give, what makes her be who she is.”
15. “It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
The power couple sailed to the top of the charts with their dreamy duet “It’s Your Love,” released off McGraw’s 1997 album Everywhere.
It was that same year when Tim McGraw and Faith Hill started dating. McGraw said that the moment he heard the song – which was originally not intended to be a duet – he knew he had to record it with Hill.
And glad they did as the Grammy Awards-nominated song kept its No. 1 position for six weeks, sold over two million units, and won several awards, including both Academy of Country Music and a Country Music Association Awards for Vocal Event of the Year. It then paved the way for the many collaborations that McGraw and Hill have recorded together.
16. “From the Ground Up” by Dan + Shay
Country music duo, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, wrote “From the Ground Up” in honor of the long-lasting love both their grandparents savored – hoping that they too could build relationships strong enough to stand the test of time.
Smyers even believes that the song – which was released as a single from their second studio album, Obsessed – reveals so much about who they are.
“We are both in committed long-term relationships,” Smyers said. “The lyrics of the chorus are representative of where we are in our lives right now. The content of our sophomore album [Obsessed] reflects how we’ve matured through our 20s, and ‘From the Ground Up’ is a prime example.”
17. “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton
“Tennessee Whiskey” keeps taking country music by storm.
David Allan Coe was the first to record the ballad in 1981, followed by George Jones, who brought it to No.2 on the country chart in 1983. Of course, there’s Chris Stapleton’s chart-topping version in 2015 – which was certified six-times multi-platinum. Indeed, it’s a country song that fans can’t seem to get enough of.
18. “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'” by Charley Pride
“Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'” is still one of Charley Pride’s signature songs. The country superstar released the song as the lead single off his album Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs, and a few months later, it already claimed the No. 1 spot on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It was also Pride’s first crossover hit, peaking at No. 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
19. “Together Again” by Buck Owens
One of country music’s favorite songs, “Together Again,” was recorded by country legend Buck Owens in 1964 as the “B” side to his single “My Heart Skips A Beat.”
Over the next decades, the song would be covered by several iconic singers – not only on live performances but also on their own albums. This includes Ray Charles, Glen Campbell, Emmylou Harris, Kenny Rogers, and Vince Gill.
20. “I Cross My Heart” by George Strait
One of the most beautiful love songs to ever hit the airwaves was born when George Jones released “I Cross My Heart” in 1992 as the first single to his album Pure Country. It absolutely stormed the radio waves and into the hearts of the nation.
The romantic love ballad went on to become a wedding staple for newlyweds to dance and celebrate their eternal love.
21. “Little Moments” by Brad Paisley
The first time Brad Paisley heard his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, cursed out after putting a dent in his truck – the moment turned into a country hit!
“And that’s how I came up with the opening line: ‘I’ll never forget the first time that I heard/that pretty mouth say that dirty word,’” Paisley said. Kimberly also appeared in the music video, filled with the couple sharing their romantic little moments.
22. “Your Man” by Josh Turner
Josh Turner’s “Your Man” is definitely one of the steamiest country songs there is, perfectly showcasing the country crooner’s deep voice.
With lyrics like, “I’ve been thinking about this all day long. Never felt a feeling quite this strong. I can’t believe how much it turns me on. Just to be your man,” it became Turner’s first No. 1 hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
23. “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett
Rhett co-wrote the song “Die A Happy Man” in 2015 and released it as the second single from his second studio album, Tangled Up. While on the road, the country star wanted to write a love song for his wife Lauren – who also appeared on the song’s official music video.
The romantic song snagged the top spot of Billboard US Country Airplay and Billboard US Hot Country Songs. It also peaked at No. 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it Rhett’s highest-charting single on that chart.
“I think the reason it translated so much is because every single line in the song is directly personal to our relationship and our marriage,” Rhett said. “I think my fans looked at that and saw it as very genuine, which it was, and I think that’s the reason it was so successful. It was one of the most fun songs I ever got to write.”
24. “Lady” by Kenny Rogers
The one-and-only Lionel Richie wrote this beautiful ballad, and it never stops making every woman swoon through the decades. That’s no longer a surprise as the amazingly well-written story of undying love is combined with Kenny Rogers’ velvety voice.
Rogers released the song in 1980 off his album Kenny Rogers’ Greatest Hits, becoming a revolutionary in the music industry, seeing that it came with collaborations from both the R&B genre that Richie showcased and Rogers’ prominent country influence.
25. “From This Moment On” by Shania Twain
Country music hit-maker Shania Twain revealed that the song was written during one soccer game in Italy as a love song between her and her then-husband. “We were in Italy at a soccer game. My husband loves sports. I don’t know the game that well, so my mind drifted, and I started writing,” she said. Twain and Lange were married in 1994 but called it quits in 2008.
26. “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton’s cover of “God Gave Me You” sent the song straight into the spotlight, reaching No. 1 on the US Hot Country Songs chart and even earning a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Country Song.
Shelton also admitted that the powerful, passionate song deeply moved him and became the nudge he’s been waiting for to propose to his then-wife, Miranda Lambert.
27. “I Need You” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
The gentle, acoustic melody of this love song makes for a beautiful backdrop for its romantic lyrics, which goes: “I wanna drink that shot of whiskey. I wanna smoke that cigarette. You know, some cowboys like me go out like that. So, I need you.”
28. “Remember When” by Alan Jackson
Alan Jackson’s thoughtful love song “Remember When” remains one of the singer’s most tender and truthful nods to country music.
It is actually Jackson’s way of looking back on his life with his wife – from the first time they were together to raising their three daughters. In the song, Jackson expressed what he thinks he and his wife will remember when they “turned gray and when the children grow up and move away.”
Other romantic country love songs you need to hear!
- “Waitin’ On A Woman” by Brad Paisley
- “I Love The Way You Love Me” by John Michael Montgomery
- “Making Memories Of Us” by Keith Urban
- “In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young
- “Breathe” by Faith Hill
- “The Keeper of the Stars” by Tracy Byrd
- “Buy Me A Rose” by Kenny Rogers
- “The Chair” by George Strait
- “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson
- “Rockin’ Years” by Dolly Parton and Ricky Van Shelton
- “When We Make Love” by Alabama
- “Lost In The Feeling” by Conway Twitty
- “Make My Life With You” by Oak Ridge Boys
- “Living In A Moment” by Ty Herndon
- “She’s in Love With the Boy” by Trisha Yearwood
- “I’d Love to Lay You Down” by Conway Twitty
- “My Favorite Memory” by Merle Haggard
- “A Woman Like You” by Lee Brice
- “Somewhere With You” by Kenny Chesney
- “Anymore” by Travis Tritt
- “Feels So Right” by Alabama
- “I Love You” by Martina McBride
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