The Top 5 Country Music Songs of All Time

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A list of the top 5 country music songs of all time according to Billboard.

“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

Released in 1992, this song was written by Whitney Houston and Dolly Parton. It was originally recorded by Parton in 1974, and Houston’s version was included on the soundtrack for the film “The Bodyguard.” The song became a massive hit, topping the charts in several countries and winning several awards, including the Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

“Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey

Released in 1981, “Don’t Stop Believin'” is a song by American rock band Journey. The song was written by band members Steve Perry and Neal Schon, and it remains one of the band’s most popular songs. The song is included on the band’s Greatest Hits album, which was released in 1988.

“Don’t Stop Believin'” is a power ballad with a length of just under six minutes. The song begins with an acoustic guitar intro, followed by a piano solo. The song then builds to a powerful chorus, with the lyrics “Don’t stop believin’, hold on to that feelin’.” The song has remained popular over the years, and it continues to be played on radio stations across the country.

In 2009, the song was named one of the best country songs of all time by Country Music Television. In 2010, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a song by the British rock band Queen. It was written by Freddie Mercury for the band’s 1975 album A Night at the Opera. The song is a six-minute suite, consisting of several sections without a chorus: an intro, a ballad segment, an operatic passage, a hard rock section and a reflective coda. The single reached number one in the UK in 1976 and became Queen’s first hit single in the US when it peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1992.

“Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin

“Stairway to Heaven” is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released in late 1971. It was composed by guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant for the band’s untitled fourth studio album (often called Led Zeppelin IV). The song was produced by manager Peter Grant and recorded between December 1970 and February 1971, at Headley Grange, Hampshire, and Island Studios, London.

Engineered by Andy Johns, “Stairway to Heaven” is an eight-and-a-half-minute rock epic that features a double track guitar solo by Page, who wrote the music over a number of years with Plant. Although it was not released as a single in the United Kingdom or United States, media sources including Pitchfork and NME have ranked it as one of Led Zeppelin’s best songs, as well as one of the greatest ever rock songs. In 2014, Rolling Stone magazine placed “Stairway to Heaven” at number 31 on its list of “The Greatest Songs of All Time”.

The song has been described as “the perfect marriage of mechanical rock & roll structure with organic Celtic folk properties”, with plants writing “Long popular with classic rock radio programmers looking for something to fill those late night hours.”

“Imagine” by John Lennon

“Imagine” is a song by English singer-songwriter John Lennon from his 1971 album of the same name. The best-selling single of his solo career, its lyrics encourage listeners to imagine a world at peace without the barriers of borders or the divisions of religion and nationality.

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