Dolly Parton - I will Always Love YouThe original number one most fantastic version - not the Whitney Houston debacle. Even more famous because Dolly used to close her weekly TV show with this. The opening verse was actually spoken, and by the time she broke into the chorus, there was nary a dry eye in the house.
If I should stayWell, I would only be in your wayAnd so I'll go, and yet I knowThat I'll think of you each step of my wayAnd I will always love youI will always love youBitter-sweet memoriesThat's all I have, and all I'm taking with meGood-bye, oh, please don't cry'cause we both know that I'm notWhat you need
Patsy Cline - I Fall to PiecesThough it's a song about seeing a former lover, it really is a thinly-veiled song of desperate longing. Or something. Patsy swerved easily between Country and popular music during her short career, but this is a great example of her amazing vocal character.
I fall to piecesEach time I see you againI fall to piecesHow can I be just your friend
You want me to act like we've never kissedYou want me to forget, pretend we've never metAnd I've tried and I've tried but I haven't yetYou walk by, and I fall to pieces
Willie Nelson - CrazyYes, Patsy Cline made it famous, but it's often forgotten that Willie wrote it. And it seems fair to credit him with this eternally popular song in this list, especially since few people have had the sand to appear at Woodstock with an eight-piece dirt floor, skiffle band.
I'm crazycrazy for feeling so lonelyI'm crazycrazy for feeling so blueI know you'd love me as long as you wantedthen somedayleave me for somebody new
Johnny Cash and June Carter - Ring of FireBy now it's a staple of any country performance, but it was Cash and co-writer June Carter's very own. The song itself cleverly suggests that love is hell, and who could argue?
Love is a burning thingand it makes a fiery ringbound by wild desireI fell in to a ring of fire...
I fell in to a burning ring of fireI went down, down, downand the flames went higher.And it burns, burns, burnsthe ring of firethe ring of fire.
Clint Black with Lisa Hartman Black - When I Said I doThough more contemporary than others on this list, the Blacks carry on a fine tradition of real-life same- surname couples popularising duets. Or at least they share a surname now. Which must mean something.
Well this old world keeps changin', and the world stays the sameFor all who came before, and it goes hand and handOnly you and I can undo all that we becameThat makes us so much more, than a woman and a manAnd after everything that comes and goes aroundHas only passed us by, here alone in our dreamsI know there's a lonely heart in every lost and foundBut forever you and I will be the onesWho found out what forever means
When I said I do, I meant that I will 'til the end of all timeBe faithful and true, devoted to youThat's what I had in mind when I said I do
Leann Rhimes - How do I Live Without YouShe's recognised as a country artist, but this crossover hit, recorded by at least five hundred other artists at the same time, deserves a place here, if only because Rimes' version is the one most people remember.
How do I, Get through the night without you?If I had to live without you,What kind of life would that be?Oh, I need you in my arms, need you to hold,You're my world, my heart, my soul,If you ever leave,Baby you would take away everything good in my life,
And tell me nowHow do I live without you?I want to know,How do I breathe without you?If you ever go,How do I ever, ever survive?How do I, how do I, oh how do I live?
Hank Williams Jr - Love Sick BluesThe second of three generations in a legendary Country family, Hank done sang hisself this here song about a girl who couldn't care less about his sorry bacon.
Well, I'm in love, I'm in love, with a beautiful galthat's what's the matter with meWell, I'm in love, I'm in love, with a beautiful galBut she don't care about me
Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers - Islands in the StreamBelieve it or not, one of the most requested songs at squishy mushy weddings. And cheesy retro parties. Also notable for the fact that the singers are known for their trademark body parts. Kenny's beard, and Dolly's... curly blonde hair.
Baby, when I met you there was peace unknownI set out to get you with a fine tooth combI was soft inside, there was somethin' going onYou do something to me that I can't explainHold me closer and I feel no painEvery beat of my heartWe got somethin' goin' onTender love is blindIt requires a dedicationAll this love we feelNeeds no conversationWe ride it together, ah-ahMakin' love with each other, ah-ah
Chuck Norris - Eyes of a RangerPenned by country writer of note Tirk Wilder, the opening theme to hit series Walker Texas Ranger (and love song to criminals, horse-wranglers and gunslingers) contains the immortal lines:
When you're in Texas look behind youCos that's where a ranger's gonna be- Anton Marshall
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