Top 10 Old Time Country Music Songs

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Here are the top 10 old time country music songs that are sure to get your feet tapping. These classics are sure to please any country music fan.


Old time country music is a genre that has been around for centuries. It is a type of music that is considered to be very Americana, and it often tells stories of love, loss, and heartache. This type of music is often very sentimental, and it can be very emotional to listen to. There are many old time country songs that are still popular today, and they are often played on the radio.

“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” – Hank Williams

According to Billboard, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” was the number four country song of 1950. The song is a good example of Williams’ signature style, which combines elements of blues and country. Williams was known for his sad songs, and this is one of his most famous.

“Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” – Hank Williams

“Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” is a song by country music singer Hank Williams that was first released in 1952. The song was written in Cajun French by Williams and his co-writer, producer and manager, Fred Rose. The song is about a young Cajun girl named Jambalaya who loves to dance the night away with her beau, Luke.

The song became one of Williams’ most popular and enduring songs, and has been covered by numerous artists including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Grateful Dead. In 2004, the Songwriters Hall of Fame recognized “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” as one of the 500 greatest songs ever written.

“Your Cheatin’ Heart” – Hank Williams

“Your Cheatin’ Heart” is a song written and recorded by country music singer-songwriter Hank Williams. Released on January 11, 1953, the single reached Number One on the Billboard country singles chart posthumously after Williams’ sudden death on New Year’s Day. The song was co-written by Williams and his wife Audrey Sheppard.

The song tells the story of a man who is cheated on by his woman and is left broken-hearted. It is widely considered to be one of Hank Williams’ most iconic and classic songs. It has been covered by many artists over the years, including Bob Dylan, Patsy Cline, Emmylou Harris, and Willie Nelson.

“Hey, Good Lookin'” – Hank Williams

Recorded in 1951, “Hey, Good Lookin’” was one of Hank Williams’ most popular songs. The song is about a man trying to pick up a woman, and it was so successful that it reached the top of the country music charts. The song has been covered by many artists, including Johnny Cash and George Strait.

“I Saw the Light” – Hank Williams

Hank Williams’ country gospel song “I Saw the Light” has been covered by everyone from Johnny Cash to Bob Dylan to Brad Paisley. The simple, yet profound message of light cutting through darkness is something that everyone can relate to, regardless of their religious beliefs. This song has inspired thousands of people over the years and is truly a timeless classic.

“Cold, Cold Heart” – Hank Williams

“Cold, Cold Heart” is a 1951 country music song written by Hank Williams, and recorded in February 1951. The song had been a hit for Tony Bennett in 1951. The Williams version was nominated for the 1952 Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording. It was released as the B-side of “Howlin’ at the Moon”.

“I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love With You)” – Hank Williams

“I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love With You)” is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Hank Williams.
It was released in September 1952 as the B-side to “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)”.
The song was written by Williams and Fred Rose.
Williams recorded the song on June 8, 1952, at Castle Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
The song peaked at number four on the Billboard Country & Western chart and number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The song features Williams on lead vocals and guitar, with Tommy Jackson on fiddle and Chet Atkins on lead guitar.

“Kaw-Liga” – Hank Williams

“Kaw-Liga” is a Foxtrot country music song written by Hank Williams and Fred Rose. The song, released in 1953, tells the story of two wooden statues in front of a general store – one of a Native American named Kaw-Liga, and the other of a Caucasian man. Kaw-Liga falls in love with the storekeeper’s daughter, but she rejects him because he is not real. Kaw-Liga becomes heartbroken, and after standing outside in the rain for years, he turns to “weathered gray”. The statue of the man is eventually removed, but Kaw-Liga remains – waiting for his love to return to him.

“Kaw-Liga” was one of Hank Williams’ most successful songs, and has been covered by many artists over the years.

“Take These Chains from My Heart” and “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive” – Hank Williams

“Take These Chains from My Heart” is a song written by Fred Rose and Hy Heath and recorded by Hank Williams in 1952. The song is one of Williams’ most durable hits, having been recorded by many artists including Ray Charles, who had a million-selling hit with his version in 1960.

“I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive” is a song co-written by Fred Rose and Jack Norman and recorded by Hank Williams in 1951. It was considered for release as a single, but was ultimately not released until after Williams’ death in 1953 when it was included on the albumMoanin’ the Blues. The song has been covered by numerous artists including George Jones and Merle Haggard.

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