Five great country songs

I’m not a huge fan of country overall, but I’m a fan of well-written, well-constructed and catchy songs.

That’s not to say that country as a whole doesn’t fall into that category, and like any other genre I don’t primarily listen to, I respect that it’s art, just not art that resonates with me personally.

First of all, I love Dwight Yoakam. I am a Dwight Yoakam fan. He’s got a great voice that really flows nicely with the rockabilly guitar and borderline punk drumming style of his music(the upcoming song is a bad example of this, but whatever)and he writes catchy songs with amazing lyrics. This is one of my faves:

Hank Williams Jr. had some really great songs in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Has anyone ever written a better line than “I’d love to spit some Beech Nut in that dude’s eye, and shoot him with my ol’ .45?” I think not.

Now here’s a perfect song: catchy verse, catchy bridge, catchy hook and flawless transitions between each.

The Highwaymen was a country supergroup comprised of Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. This song is amazing:

Kris Kristofferson is deep.



  1. Same. My first concert was Willie Nelson with Waylon Jennings at the Indiana State Fairgrounds In 1985. I was seven. It was raining and I hated it, hated the Willie Nelson tape my parents played on car trips, just went into it with a terrible attitude. All I cared about was “Beat it” and “when the doves cry” and fuck everything else. Then they started playing the Dukes of Hazzard theme and my ears perked up like “Huh??? This is THESE guys?” So I got excited about that. Looking back on that, it’s a fond memory. I appreciate the music of all of those guys now, as an adult. I see what they were doing.

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