The 1980s were a time for big hair, big dreams, and big 80s country songs. If you are looking for nostalgia, this list of the best country songs from the 1980s is for you. These songs will take you back to a time when mullets were cool, and everyone wanted to be a cowboy. So put on your cowboy boots, turn up the volume and enjoy these classic country hits.
80s Country Songs
1. “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by The Charlie Daniels Band
Although released in May 1979, this song didn’t really get rollin until the 1980s so we included that in our list here as it is one of the most iconic country songs of all time. The devil was looking for a fiddle contest and he found one. They played so hard, but then it turned out that the young man had won. He got to take home his prize – a beautiful guitar from hell itself (of course). This story is fast-paced music that also features the fiddle. I am sure any country music fan will enjoy this piece as well.
2. “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” by Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
Originally recorded in the late 70s, again this song rose to prominence really in the 1980s so it’s included in our list. This funny country song is about two cowboys who want to get back in touch with nature. They cannot stand city life and always dream of being in the great outdoors, riding their horses, or herding cattle. This song will make you laugh because it shows us what would happen if they were stuck in the house for too long.
3. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones
The man in this song never stopped loving his dead wife. The way he talks about what a great person she was and how much they had together – it makes me realize why I am so grateful for the people who were such an important part of my life.
4. “The Fireman” by George Strait
Man, this is one tough firefighter, and he wants someone who can take care of business. But that is not all – the man also needs someone with good time management, because when we work together 24/7, there are better opportunities for both sides. This song is great for the crucial early stages when you are just falling in love or maybe even getting engaged. It lets potential suitors know right away that their interests align with yours (and vice versa).
5. “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” by Willie Nelson
There are many different kinds of people in this world, but when you think of cowboys, only one group comes to mind. This song is perfect for those who love the cowboy lifestyle. With its strong message and catchy tune, it makes them feel like they can take on anything.
6. “The Dance” by Garth Brooks
Life is fleeting. We should make the most of our time together and enjoy it while we can because one day you will have to say goodbye forever. Last week I was at an event where I saw two people so in love with each other that I wondered if they ever thought about how short everything can be when there are no guarantees or chances.
7. “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood
This song makes you feel like an American citizen. It has a patriotic tone and loves our country so much that it reminds us of all the great things about life here in America: from the mountains to the prairies – we are blessed.
When it comes to the best country songs of the 1980s, there is a lot that could make the list. In fact, it was quite difficult to narrow down to just ten. But after much deliberation, we have compiled a list of what we consider to be the definitive ten best country songs of the 1980s. So, sit back, relax and reminisce with us about the best country music of the decade. We hope you enjoy this look back at some classics.