The Best Country Music Song Lyrics of All Time

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Looking for the best country music song lyrics of all time? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of the top songs, from classic hits to modern classics.


There is something about country music that just makes you feel good. It’s the sound of the guitars, the twang of the lyrics, and the emotion in the singer’s voice. It’s a genre that is filled with heart, soul, and meaning.

When it comes to country music lyrics, there are some that just stand out above the rest. These are the ones that make you stop and think, or maybe even shed a tear. They’re the ones that you can’t help but sing along to, no matter how many times you’ve heard them.

If you’re a fan of country music, then you’ll definitely want to check out this list of the best country music song lyrics of all time. From classics like “Friends in Low Places” to more recent hits like “Die a Happy Man,” these songs will definitely stay with you long after you’ve listened to them.

The Best Country Music Song Lyrics of All Time

There are so many great country songs out there with amazing lyrics. It’s hard to narrow it down to just a few, but we’ve done our best to create a list of the best country music song lyrics of all time. From heartwarming songs about love and family to fun, upbeat tunes about good times and dancing, there’s something for everyone on this list.

“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

“I Will Always Love You” is a song written and originally performed by American country music artist Dolly Parton. It was released as a single in June 1974, as the second single from Parton’s thirteenth solo studio album, Jolene (1984). The song was written by Parton and produced by Bob Ferguson.

“I Will Always Love You” was later covered by Whitney Houston, whose version was released as a single in November 1992. It serves as the main theme of The Bodyguard (1992), Houston’s film debut. The song was written by Parton and produced by David Foster.

Parton’s original version of the song topped the country music charts in 1974, becoming one of her signature songs. Writing for, Bill Lamb called it “without doubt… one of the greatest love songs ever written.” It gained worldwide popularity when Houston recorded and released her version as a pop single in 1992.

The song has been recorded by many other artists including Lizardman, who released a reggae-influenced cover on his album Ska After Ska After Ska (2000).

“Stand by Me” by Ben E. King

“Stand by Me” is a song co-written by American musician Ben E. King and Jerry Leiber. It was originally recorded by Ben E. King and released in 1961 as a single from his album Don’t Play That Song!. The song has been covered by many artists and has become a rock and roll standard.

The original version of “Stand by Me” was written by King and Leiber in 1960, when they were working together on the musical Smokey Joe’s Cafe. They were inspired by the spiritual “Lord Stand By Me”, which was popularized by Redemption Missionary Baptist Church choirmaster Charles Albert Tindley in 1905. According to Leiber, he and Stoller “didn’t just rip off the title, we ripped off the entire song.” King’s recording of the song was made on June 21, 1960, at Atlantic Studios in New York City. It featuresKing backed by saxophonist Stanley Norton Weinberg, bassist Larry Kert, pianist Eric Gale,guitarist Tommy Cogbill, drummer Gary Chester; with string arrangements being handled byArif Mardin.

Released as a single on September 13, 1961, “Stand by Me” peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1962; it also topped Billboard’s R&B Singles chart for three weeks in December 1961/January 1962 and reached number one on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart in January 1962. In the United Kingdom it was released in February 1962 and reached number 27 on the UK Singles Chart. The song has been selected as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll; it is also one of The Songs of the Century. In 2004 it was ranked number 121 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”Stand by Me” was inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.

“I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” by Elvis Presley

“I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” is a song recorded by Elvis Presley and published by Gladys Music, Elvis Presley’s publishing company.

The song was written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, and George David Weiss and was first recorded by American rockabilly singer Alma Cogan. The lyrics are based on “Plaisir d’amour”, a popular French love song composed in 1784 by Jean-Paul-Égide Martini.

The Presley version was released as a single on October 7, 1961, entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart on November 16, 1961, at number 88 and reached number 1 on January 6, 1962? where it stayed for seven weeks. It was certified Gold on February 1962 by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales in excess of one million copies in the United States.

“Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey

“Don’t Stop Believin'” is a song by the American rock band Journey, originally released as a single in 1981. It was written by Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain. The song is one of the most popular and enduring anthems of the 1980s, and has been covered by numerous artists.

The lyrics of “Don’t Stop Believin'” tell the story of a young man’s journey from his home in working-class America to the city of Los Angeles, in search of his dreams. The song has been praised for its positive message and hopeful outlook.

The original version of “Don’t Stop Believin'” peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and remains one of Journey’s most successful singles. It has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and has sold more than five million copies in the United States.

“Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers

“Unchained Melody” is a song composed by Alex North and Hy Zaret and performed by The Righteous Brothers. It was originally recorded in 1955 for the soundtrack of the prison film Unchained, hence its name. The song was co-written by North and Hy Zaret and originally recorded in 1955. It made its way into the pop charts after being covered by The Righteous Brothers in 1965. “Unchained Melody” has been covered by hundreds of artists over the years, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and Willie Nelson. The song has been featured in dozens of films, including Ghost, Dirty Dancing, and The Shawshank Redemption.


In conclusion, there are many great country music song lyrics out there. But, the best of all time come from songs that tell a story, are relatable, or just make you feel good. Whatever your reason for liking a certain lyric, there is sure to be a country song out there that speaks to you.

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