Sunday, November 22, 2015


Okay, Okay! If you read the post about my concept for "glam country," you probably figured out that I hate country music. You must understand, in Missouri, there are more country radio stations on the air than any format. It bombards you from all directions. Also country fans in Missouri are so self-righteous about being country fans (actually Missourians are self-righteous about EVERYTHING). They say "You should listen to country music. It is better for you."

Something I don't discuss much is the fact that I have worked in country radio, usually against my will. There were a few songs that I liked during my days in radio purgatory. I began thinking about the country songs that I like.  I looked through my Itunes and put the songs I liked into a playlist. Let me say that the complaint against "bro-country" is it is too pop and not traditional country is a non-issue as far as I'm concerned. Most of the country music I did like from my formative years doesn't sound like what you would call "real country." Many of these artist were accused of not being "real country." Much of this wouldn't get played on a country radio station today, because it doesn't fit the format or it isn't considered country.

Here is a list of country songs that I can actually stomach.

  • "I Fell In Love" - Carlene Carter
  • "Amarillo By Morning" - George Strait
  • "Anybody Going To San Antone?" Charlie Pride
  • "When You're Hot, You're Hot" - Jerry Reed
  • "Tight Fitting Jeans" - Conway Twitty
  • "Skip a Rope" - Henson Cargill
  • "Elvia" - Oak Ridge Boys
  • "Lyin Eyes" - The Eagles
  • "No News" - Lonestar
  • "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down" - The Mavericks
  • "Don't It Make Brown Eyes Blue" - Crystal Gale
  • "It Must Be Love" - Don Williams
  • "The Gambler" - Kenny Rogers
  • "Flowers On The Wall" - The Statler Brothers
  • "Six White Horse" - Tommy Cash
  • "Rhinestone Cowboy" - Glen Campbell
  • "The Whispering Wind (Blows On By)" - Mandy Barnett
  • "Gentle On My Mind" - Glen Campbell
  • "Queen of Hearts" - Juice Newton
  • "Joanne" - Mike Nesmith
  • "El Paso" - Marty Robbins
  • "Made In Japan" - Buck Owens
  • "Bobbie Sue" - The Oak Ridge Boys
  • "Garden Party" - Rick Nelson
  • "Love's Been Little Bit Hard Me" - Juice Newton
  • "Della & The Dealer" - Hoyt Axton
  • "The Closer You Get" - Alabama
  • "Why Have You Left The One You Left Me For?" - Crystal Gale
  • "Wichita Lineman" - Glen Campbell
  • "King of the Road" - Roger Miller
  • "Maria" - Ray Vega
  • "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" - Willie Nelson
  • "Goodbye Earl" - The Dixie Chicks
  • "There Is a Time" - The Dillards (Technically this is bluegrass)
  • "If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry" - Jerry Wallace (The Tune in Dan's Cafe from Night Gallery)
  • "He's So Fine" - Jody Miller
  • "Make The World Go Away" - Eddy Arnold
  • "Broken Lady" - Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers
  • "You Ain't Going Nowhere" - The Byrds
  • "Seven Year Ache" - Roseanne Cash
  • "You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma" - David Frizzell & Shelly West
  • "Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel" - Townes Van Zandt
  • "Chug A-Lug" - Roger Miller
  • "Bop" - Dan Seals
  • "Amanda" - Don Williams
  • "Old Dogs, Children & Watermelon Wine" - Tom T. Hall
  • "Early Morning Rain" - George Hamilton IV
  • "Angel of the Morning" - Juice Newton
  • "Galveston" - Glen Campbell
  • "What Is Truth" - Johnny Cash
  • "Ode to Billy Joe" - Bobbie Gentry
  • "Let You Love Flow" - Bellamy Brothers
  • "Highway Patrol" - Junior Brown
  • "Nobody" - Sylvia
  • "Christine's Tune (Devil In Disguise)" - Flying Burrito Brothers
  • "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town" - Kenny Rogers & the First Edition
  • "Love In the First Degree" - Alabama
  • "Oh Lonesome Me" - Don Gibson
  • "Kansas City Lights" - Steve Warner
  • "Achy Breaky Heart" - Billy Ray Cyrus
  • "Fancy" - Bobbie Gentry
  • "Seminole Wind" - John Anderson
  • "Has Anybody Seen Amy?" - John & Audrey Wiggins
  • "Saginaw, Michigan" - Lefty Frizzell
  • "Rose Garden" - Lynn Anderson
  • "Why Lady Why" - Alabama
  • "Looking For Love" - Johnny Lee
  • "Jolene" - Dolly Parton
  • "Cherry Hill Park" - Billy Joe Royal
  • "Can I See You Tonight?" - Tanya Tucker
  • "Silver Threads & Golden Needles" - Linda Ronstadt
  • "Stranger in My House" - Ronnie Milsap
  • "Girl From The North Country" - Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash
  • "Some of Shelly's Blues" - Mike Nesmith
  • "Ring of Fire" - Johnny Cash
  • "The Highwayman" - The Highwaymen (Willie, Kris, Waylon, Johnny)
  • "Most Beautiful Girl" - Charlie Rich
  • "Cincinnati Ohio" - Connie Smith
  • "Diggy Diggy Lo" - Doug Kershaw
  • "Streets of Bakersfield" - Buck Owens
  • "Lay Lay Lay" - Bob Dylan
  • "Lucille" - Kenny Rogers
  • "Here You Come Again" - Dolly Parton
  • "She Sang Hymns Out of Tune" - The Dillards
  • "Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile" - David Allen Coe
  • "Takin It Easy" - Lacy J. Dalton
  • "Whose Gonna Mow Your Grass?" - Buck Owens
  • "All The Gold In California" - Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers  



Jason Wert said...

Kind of thought Johnny Cash's "Hurt" would be in this mix. My favorite country song of the last 20 years.

Desdinova said...

I've never heard that one. I have heard Johnny sing Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus."

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