5 Cowboy Rock Songs You Need in Your Life

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If you’re a fan of country music, then you know that the cowboy lifestyle is an important part of the genre. And what would a cowboy be without his trusty horse and gun?


That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the 5 best cowboy rock songs that you need in your life. From classics like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” to modern hits like “Die a Happy Man”, these songs will get you ready to saddle up and ride

“The Cowboy Way” by Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks’ “The Cowboy Way” is a song about the cowboy lifestyle, and how it can be a tough way to live. The song is told from the perspective of a cowboy who is looking back on his life, and how he wouldn’t have it any other way. “The Cowboy Way” is a great song for any fan of country music, and it is sure to get you singing along.

“Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” by Waylon Jennings

This song, co-written by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, bemoans the decline of the cowboy way of life. It was a hit for Jennings in 1978, reaching No. 1 on the country charts.

“Amarillo by Morning” by George Strait

Amarillo by Morning” is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist George Strait. It was released in September 1983 as the lead single from his album Right or Wrong. The song was written by Paul Fraser and Terry Skinner.

“Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” by Waylon Jennings

This song, written by Waylon Jennings and sung by him with Willie Nelson, is all about going back to the simple life and enjoying the things that really matter – friends, family, and music. The lyrics are down-to-earth and relatable, making this song a perfect addition to any cowboy rock playlist.

“The Weight” by The Band

“The Weight” is a classic rock song written by Robbie Robertson and originally recorded by Canadian-American group The Band in 1968. The song is included on The Band’s self-titled second album, and has been covered by a number of artists, including Jackie DeShannon, Aretha Franklin, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, and The Grateful Dead.

The Band’s version of “The Weight” was ranked#41 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. In 2004, the same magazine placed it at#121 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2008, Pitchfork Media named it the 13th greatest song of all time. “The Weight” has also been selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

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