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The 30 Greatest Country Songs For People Who Don't Like Country

Welcome to my Country Music Blog (a phrase I never thought I'd say) where from the 18th June I will be counting (in order) the 30 Greatest Country songs for people who think country music is proper lame!



By deathbypie, Jul 8 2018 10:51PM

'Sometimes it's hard to be a woman'

This is a difficult one... In 2018, is 'Stand By Your Man' an appropriate song? Kinda...

To be fair to Tammi Wynette, her husband George Jones was a severe alcoholic and it probably hit a close emotional cord given their turbalent relationship. It was derided by feminists and Hilary Clinton didn't wanna be her... But my God... The way she sings that last chorus!


By deathbypie, Jul 8 2018 09:04PM

'Because you're mine, I walk the line'

Johnny Cash is better live than he is in the studio. He's faster and his charisma flows out of him. On Studio record, I think he'sa bit boring - he got better with age though. His last few records are heartbreakingly good and his weathered voice tells the story.

His performance at San Quentin is wonderful and exhilarating. 'Walk The Line' is probably the song I associate with country music the most. From the guitar melody to Johnny Cash's hum... 'Walk The Line' is the epitome of Country.

But still not good enough to get in my Top 10 ;)


By deathbypie, Jul 5 2018 09:31PM

'Oh, you're a hard one'

This is the ultimate Outlaw song. Eagles kinda started off as a Country band but verged further into commercial soft rock, they then proceeded to get shitter and shitter (in my opinion). I believe this is their finest moment. Yes, better than 'Hotel California'.

It's all about the melody of that verse. Once it gets in your head you cannot get it out.

There have been some credible cover versions too. Linda Rondstadt's version and particularly Johnny Cash's where Don Henley features on backing vocals. In fact, it's just as good...


By deathbypie, Jul 5 2018 07:56AM

'When you came in the air went out...'

Country Music is not sexy is it? It's old fashioned and kinda corny (I'm looking at you Billy Ray Cyrus). But Jace Everett's 'Bad Things' is very, very sexy.

Now it helps that in 2009, it became the opening theme to HBO vampire romp 'True Blood'. A show filled with sex, violence and were-panthers (like werewolves but cats). It was a match made in heaven. It's one of the best opening themes to a show EVER!

As a bass/baritone myself, I love a good low voice and Jace's saucy, deep tones are perfect. Top marks for a solid guitar solo too!


By deathbypie, Jul 4 2018 03:47PM

'If I should stay... I would only be in your way'

Silly question... But have you actually listened to this? I assume you know this was written by good ol' Dolly originally right? It's beautiful, it really is.

Written as a farewell to her mentor Porter Wagoner, when she went solo; it's a sweet and tender ballad. Is it better than Whitney's? Well, in my opinion: Miss Houston's vocal performance is quite possibly the best in pop music history. But... Dolly's is more heartfelt... THERE I SAID IT!

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