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Sometimes we want to dance. Sometimes we want to cuddle up. And, sometimes we just want some music playing while cooking dinner. Whatever your reason is for listening to music, this article has a song to meet your needs. If there is a song you think I missed, please let me know about it in the comments section. While this list is numbered, that doesn't make any one song truly better than any other (the numbers are just there to help you navigate the page). Also, a song's popularity or success does not determine if it made the list. I also only picked one song for each artist. So, even though George Straight has several amazing love songs, I only chose my favorite one. Now, let's take a listen to these soft, sweet, and moving songs!
Top 30 Country Songs
1. Eli Young Band, "Always the Love Songs"
11. Brett Young, "I Don't Wanna Write This Song"
21. Cody Johnson, "Nothin' on You"
2. George Straight, "I Cross My Heart"
12. Justin Moore, "That's How I Know You Love Me"
22. Dan + Shay, "Speechless"
3. Scotty McCreery, "This Is It"
13. Jon Pardi, "Head Over Boots"
23. Alan Jackson, "Remember When"
4. Steve Holy, "Good Morning Beautiful"
14. Dolly Parton, "I Will Always Love You"
24. Garth Brooks, "If Tomorrow Never Comes"
5. Willie Nelson, "Always on My Mind"
15. Carrie Underwood, "Look at Me"
25. Brad Paisley, "Waiting on a Woman"
6. John Michael Montgomery, "I Swear"
16. Dillon Carmichael, "Dancing Away With My Heart"
26. Josh Turner, "Your Man"
7. Lonestar, "Amazed"
17. Blake Shelton, "Nobody But Me"
27. Tracy Byrd, "The Keeper of the Stars"
8. Deana Carter, "Strawberry Wine"
18. Luke Combs, "I Got Away With You"
28. Shania Twain, "You're Still the One"
9. Brooks & Dunn, "Ain't Nothing 'Bout You"
19. Chad Brock, "Yes!"
29. Randy Travis, "Forever and Ever, Amen"
10. Thomas Rhett, "Die a Happy Man"
20. Chris Young, "Who I Am With You"
30. Tim McGraw, "It's Your Love"
1. Eli Young Band—"Always the Love Songs"
Album: Jet Black & Jealous
This song always makes me feel nostalgic. It was played at my middle school dances. When this song comes on, you better be grabbing a girl's hand and hitting the dance floor. This song is all about the love songs that give you butterflies and courage. This song truly encapsulates what this list is all about!
It was always the love songs every time
Made everybody feel something inside
With the fire down low held your girl real close
Made you wanna love the one you were with...
— Eli Young Band, "Always The Love Songs"
2. George Straight—"I Cross My Heart"
Album: Pure Country
I had to add the king of country to the list with "I Cross My Heart." His voice is enough to make you fall in love with this song. However, the lyrics of a man crossing his heart to always love his woman makes you believe in love!
I cross my heart
And promise to
Give all I've got to give
To make all your dreams come true...
— George Straight, "I Cross My Heart"
3. Scotty McCreery—"This Is It"
Album: Seasons Change
The music video for "This Is It" was filmed at McCreery's wedding, that is valid proof that this is a great wedding song! The song talks about the perfect moments that happen when we're in love. When those moments come, we must capture them! Inspirational, sweet, and upbeat—this is almost a perfect song!
This is it, this is now, this is what I've been talking about
Looking out, can't you see forever?
Take my hand, just take it in
This is a moment we won't forget...
— Scotty McCreery, "This Is It"
4. Steve Holy—"Good Morning Beautiful"
Album: Blue Moon
"Good Morning Beautiful" is too underrated. This is a sweet song about waking up next to the person you love. Holy sings about how seeing his love's face first thing in the morning is what makes his day. How sweet! It really is a good morning when you wake up next to the one you love!
Good morning, beautiful, how was your night?
Mine was wonderful with you by my side
And when I open my eyes to see your sweet face
It's a good morning, beautiful day…
— Steve Holy, "Good Morning Beautiful"
5. Willie Nelson—"Always on My Mind"
Album: Always on My Mind
Another breakup song about lost love, this time Willie sings about his regrets. He apologizes for never being there like he should have and for the mistakes he made. Even so, there was never a time during all that turmoil when he wasn't thinking about her. This song is heartbreaking and shows that we make mistakes even when we have the best intentions.
Maybe I didn't love you
Quite as often as I could have
And maybe I didn't treat you
Quite as good as I should have…
— Willie Nelson—"Always on My Mind"
6. John Michael Montgomery—"I Swear"
Album: Kickin' It Up
Promising your life to a woman takes a lot of courage and commitment from a man. Montgomery swears to be faithful, even though he might make some mistakes along the way. This is the definition of a wedding song. It's perfect for that first dance, reminding the couple of the commitments they've made.
By the moon and stars in the sky
I'll be there
— John Michael Montgomery, "I Swear"
Album: Lonely Grill
Another song about being blown away by love. "Amazed" is about... Well, to put it simply, it's about being amazed by a woman. This song has it all! It makes for a great love ballad for date night.
I don't know how you do what you do
I'm so in love with you
It just keeps getting better
I want to spend the rest of my life with you by my side…
— Lonestar, "Amazed"
8. Deana Carter—"Strawberry Wine"
Album: Did I Shave My Legs for This?
This song is about a young woman meeting a man on her grand dad's farm. To put it simply, "Strawberry Wine" is about first loves. This song reminds you of all the feelings of what it means to be young and in love. It is soft, slow, and sexy! All-in-all, it's a great love song!
He was working through college on my grandpa's farm
I was thirsting for knowledge and he had a car
I was caught somewhere between a woman and a child
When one restless summer we found love growing wild...
— Deana Carter, "Strawberry Wine"
9. Brooks & Dunn—"Ain't Nothing 'Bout You"
Album: Steers & Stripes
This song comes from another one of the best voices in country music. In short, "Ain't Nothing 'Bout You" is about everything a woman truly needs. When you're in love, it seems your spouse can do no wrong. This song is about what love can look like when it's perfect.
The way you look, the way you laugh,
The way you love with all you have,
There ain't nothing 'bout you that don't do something for me
The way you kiss, the way you cry...
— Brooks & Dunn—"Ain't Nothing 'Bout You"
10. Thomas Rhett—"Die a Happy Man"
Album: Tangled Up
"Die A Happy Man" made Thomas Rhett a star, and it's easy to see why. This is about being happy at the end of your life with the love you have. It doesn't matter if you travel or see everything on Earth, as long as you have love!
And I know that I can't ever tell you enough
That all I need in this life is your crazy love
If I never get to see the Northern lights
Or if I never get to see the Eiffel Tower at night…
— Thomas Rhett, "Die a Happy Man"
11. Brett Young—"I Don't Wanna Write This Song"
Album: Ticket to L.A.
Brett's not my favorite country artist, but this song is heartbreaking nonetheless. The lyrics begin to tell the story of a breakup, but suddenly the song becomes about death and loss. This song is for anyone who has lost their loved ones. It explores the pain that goes with working through grief. It gives me chills every time I listen to it.
I've loved you for way too long
I don't want to admit that you're gone
I don't wanna write this song
Don't wanna write this song…
— Brett Young, "I Don't Wanna Write This Song"
12. Justin Moore—"That's How I Know You Love Me"
Album: Off the Beaten Path
Justin Moore's unique voice creates a damn good love song. "That's How I Know You Love Me" is a song about being confident in love. He recounts why his woman loves him. In short, this song is about how we know when someone truly loves us.
You never tried to change me
You just tried to save me
And you, you found a way to trust me…
— Justin Moore, "That's How I Know You Love Me"
13. Jon Pardi—"Head Over Boots"
Album: California Sunrise
This upbeat country song is all about being in love. This song's upbeat tone will always make you think of your loved one. This one will get you up and dancing around. It'll make you feel happy that you're head-over-boots with someone!
'Cause you're the one I want, you're the one I need
Baby, if I was a king, ah, you would be my queen
You're the rock in my roll
You're good for my soul, it's true…
— Jon Pardi, "Head Over Boots"
14. Dolly Parton—"I Will Always Love You"
One of the greatest love songs ever! "I Will Always Love You" is mainly about a lost love. It's one of the sadder songs on this list. Although they are not together, she will always love him. That is heartbreaking! This song does not get enough credit because of how popular Whitney Houston's version is. Still, it doesn't get any better than Dolly Parton!
If I should stay
I would only be in your way
And so I'll go, but I know
I'll think of you each step of the way…
— Dolly Parton, "I Will Always Love You"
15. Carrie Underwood—"Look at Me"
Album: Play On
"Look at Me" is about a woman falling for a man. All she wants him to do is look at her, because if he does, he'll sees how much he means to her. Just by looking at people, you can tell how much in love they are. Underwood's amazing vocals give this song some heart. It reminds us about all the crazy things we'd do for love.
Darling look at me
I've fallen like a fool for you
Darling can't you see
I'd do anything you want me to…
— Carrie Underwood—"Look at Me"
16. Dillon Carmichael—"Dancing Away With My Heart"
Album: Hell on an Angel
With its amazing guitar licks and Dillon's deep country voice, this wedding song is absolutely perfect! Dillon Carmichael hasn't seemed to really find any luck yet, but his voice is truly incredible. This song is so sweet, and it's perfect for slow dances. This song is about a woman who has truly taken the singer's heart. It will definitely make you feel warm on the inside.
Heaven ain't ever seen an angel like you
With a soul so bright you light up the room
Nobody's ever gonna love you the way I do
'Til death do us part…
— Dillon Carmichael, "Dancing Away With My Heart"
17. Blake Shelton—"Nobody but Me"
Album: Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill
Blake Shelton has an underrated voice when he really wants to belt it out. In this sweet love song, Blake declares that nobody can love his woman as good as he can. This is a relatable song for anyone who is head over heels in love.
Nobody but me, gonna love you like you oughta be loved, darlin'
Nobody but me, gonna cry if you ever leave
Now you can do what you want to, but I'm askin' pretty please
Don't go lovin' on nobody but me…
— Blake Shelton, "Nobody But Me"
18. Luke Combs—"I Got Away With You"
Album: This One's for You
One of Luke Combs's most underrated songs, "I Got Away With You," is about that rough neck boy who's always getting caught for doing something wrong. He sings about how (although he is always getting in trouble and has a wild side) he receives the best prize of them all, a lovely woman. If this doesn't melt your heart, I don't know what will.
But I got away with you
And somehow I still ain't been found out
It's a crazy truth like I strolled out the gates of Alcatraz
And I walked in the Louvre now the Mona Lisa's hanging in my house…
— Luke Combs, "I Got Away With You"
19. Chad Brock—"Yes!"
One song I don't hear many people talk about is Chad Brock's "Yes!" This song is about a man who's ready to take the next step in life with his woman. When you find the person who you truly want to be with, there is so much excitement that you just want to spend all day with them. You want to get married. You want to have life all planned out together, because life is just so exciting when you're in love.
She said, 'Yes'
'n I said 'wow'
I said 'how about right now'
Love can't wait…
— Chad Brock, "Yes!"
20. Chris Young—"Who I Am With You"
Sometimes all it takes to turn a man around is the right woman. "Who I Am With You" is about a man being a completely different person when he is with his woman. He is grateful to her for making him a better man. Any rough neck boy understands how a woman can come into his life and change him into a softie.
But who I am with you is who I really wanna be
You're so good for me
And when I'm holdin' you, it feels like I've got the world in my hands
Yeah, a better man is who I am with you…
— Chris Young, "Who I Am With You"
21. Cody Johnson—"Nothin' on You"
Album: Ain't Nothin' to It
"Nothin' on You" is another sexy country song. This song is about the intimate side of love. Johnson sings about how beautiful a woman can be when they have nothing on. He's the only man who gets to see his love with nothing on and he just can't wait to love on her. The music alone will have you wanting to grab your lover and dance them around the room.
Cause when you got nothing on
There ain't nothing wrong
Loving you all night long's all I wanna do
I've seen the mountains high…
— Cody Johnson, "Nothin' On You"
22. Dan + Shay—"Speechless"
Album: Dan + Shay
"Speechless" is about being completely taken by your loved one. This is a guilty pleasure song for me. I do not normally listen to modern country, but the chorus gets me every time. If you have ever been in love, you know the feeling of being left speechless by someone!
Staring at you, standing there in that dress
What it's doing to me, ain't a secret
'Cause watching you is all that I can do…
— Dan + Shay, "Speechless"
23. Alan Jackson—"Remember When"
Album: Songs of Love and Heartache
"Remember When" has some of the most beautiful guitar playing and vocals in any country song I've ever heard. Alan Jackson has the most amazing voice. This song tells the whole story of a couple's life. While it's beautiful, it is also very sad and reminds us of how fast life can go. Before we know it, we will be old and looking back at our lives.
Remember when I was young and so were you
And time stood still and love was all we knew
You were the first, so was I
We made love and then you cried…
— Alan Jackson, "Remember When"
24. Garth Brooks—"If Tomorrow Never Comes"
Album: Garth Brooks
"Tomorrow Never Comes" makes us wonder if two people can love each other enough to be remembered when they are gone. This song is from a father to his daughter, but it's still the perfect love song. It reminds us that we don't get any second chances at love, so we must love as much as we can every day. There will come a day when our time is up. Hopefully our love will be remembered by the ones we hold dear.
Sometimes late at night
I lie awake and watch her sleeping
She's lost in peaceful dreams
So I turn out the lights and lay there in the dark
And the thought crosses my mind...
— Garth Brooks, "If Tomorrow Never Comes"
25. Brad Paisley—"Waiting on a Woman"
Album: Time Well Wasted
Storytelling is an important aspect in country songs. "Waiting on a Woman" is a song about a young man having a conversation with an older man, who knows all about waiting on women. This song tells the story of first love to old love. It runs through the whole relationship from her first date to waiting on the woman after his time is up in this life. It is a sweet story of how men don't mind waiting on women, because of how happy it makes them. Love is always worth the wait!
Sittin' on a bench at West Town Mall
He sat down in his overalls and asked me
You waitin' on a woman
I nodded yeah and said how 'bout you…
— Brad Paisley, "Waiting on a Woman"
26. Josh Turner—"Your Man"
Album: Your Man
"Your Man" is a fast and upbeat song about being happily in love! This song expresses how amazing it can be to be somebody's love. Josh Turner's deep vocals give this song its sexy sound. This song is perfect for when you want to be intimate with your woman. It is perfect for post-date night!
Baby, lock the doors and turn the lights down low
Put some music on that's soft and slow
Baby, we ain't got no place to go
I hope you understand…
— Josh Turner, "Your Man"
27. Tracy Byrd—"The Keeper of the Stars"
Album: No Ordinary Man
"The Keeper of the Stars" is as much of a love ballad as it gets. This is another slow dance song. It tells the story of a man who is thanking "the keeper of the stars" for giving him the love of his life. This song is all about fate. Sometimes you just got to trust that the person you are meant to be with is right around the corner. This song can make anyone believe that there is a plan for them—as if God is working to help you find your true love.
I tip my hat to the keeper of the stars
He sure knew what he was doin'
When he joined these two hearts
I hold everything…
— Tracy Byrd, "The Keeper Of The Stars"
28. Shania Twain—"You're Still the One"
Album: Come on Over
"You're Still the One" is a song about still being in love after being together for a long time. It is not about new love. Rather, it's about the kind of love that remains true after a long period of time. This is a slower song, and it's perfect for a slow dance with your spouse.
You're still the one I run to
The on that I belong to
You're still the one I want for life
(You're still the one)…
— Shania Twain, "You're Still The One"
29. Randy Travis—"Forever and Ever, Amen"
Album: Always & Forever
"Forever and Ever, Amen" is the perfect wedding song! In this song, Travis sings about his faithful love. It's about how, sometimes, love can last until the end of time. Any girl would like a man to promise her that!
You may think that I'm talking foolish
You've heard that I'm wild and I'm free
You may wonder how I can promise you now
This love that I feel for you always will be…
— Randy Travis, "Forever and Ever, Amen"
30. Tim McGraw—"It's Your Love"
"It's Your Love" is a beautiful song about how a woman's love can change a man for the better. Any song Tim McGraw sings is absolutely amazing, because you can tell in his voice that he really means what he says. He doesn't have to fake it or sell it! You can tell just how much he loves Faith Hill!
It's your love
It just does something to me
It sends a shock right through me
I can't get enough…
— Tim McGraw, "It's Your Love"
Now that you've finished reading my list, choose your favorite songs, then grab your partner close and dance the night away!