The most popular country song the year you were born

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Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Rick Diamond

Whether you’re looking for a good love song or something to relax to, there’s a country song for pretty much everything. So we decided to seek out the top country song from the year you were born. Because who doesn’t get curious about what life was like when they first entered the world?

We’ve compiled a list of the top country songs every year from 1975 onward using the Billboard charts archive, and referencing Playback.fm country charts as well. Here’s the top country song from the year you were born.


1975: “Rhinestone Cowboy” – Glen Campbell

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This song has been on the top of the charts many times. GlennCampbellVEVO/YouTube

No matter how old you are, you’ve heard this country hit a time or two.

“Rhinestone Cowboy” – Glen Campbell


1976: “Convoy” – C.W. McCall

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The music video is filled with truckers, too. Alamo YTC Germany/YouTube

This song, “a trucker’s protest anthem,” held the number one spot for four weeks on Billboard charts.

“Convoy” – C.W. McCall


1977: “Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)” – Waylon Jennings

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It was on the charts in 1977. Slasheri/YouTube

This song, described as “an outlaw fantasy,” held the number one spot on Billboard’s country music charts the longest in 1977.

“Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)” – Waylon Jennings


1978: “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” – Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson

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Everyone knows this one. YouTube/WillieNelsonVEVO

Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson each have had a couple of songs to top country music charts over the years, but in ’78 they did so as a duet.

“Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” – Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson


1979: “If I Said You Have A Beautiful Body” – The Bellamy Brothers

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He makes the list again. Shisheri/YouTube

This hit single, titled as a pretty smooth pick-up line, from their fourth album was the top country song of ’79.

“If I Said You Have A Beautiful Body” – The Bellamy Brothers


1980: “Lookin’ For Love” – Johnny Lee

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Aren’t we all? koujii334/YouTube

If you were born in 1980, Johnny Lee’s relatable hit, “Lookin’ For Love,” was the top country song the year you were born. This hit has been deemed the “pinnacle of his career.”

“Lookin’ For Love” – Johnny Lee


1981: “Feels So Right” – Alabama

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It feels so right to have this on the list. AlabamaVEVO/YouTube

Alabama held the number one spot on Billboard country charts in ’81 and again in ’91.

“Feels So Right” – Alabama


1982: “Always On My Mind” – Willie Nelson

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He’s a popular household name. Wikimedia Commons

Country music hall of famer and household name, Willie Nelson shared this hit with the world in ’82, and it’s still often played today. It’s actually playing in the background of a popular ASPCA commercial.

“Always On My Mind” – Willie Nelson


1983: “Islands in the Stream” – Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

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This duo was iconic together and apart. paradiseresort/YouTube

These household names collaborated to release a country hit that we’ll always love.

“Islands in the Stream” – Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton


1984: “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” – Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson

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Two country legends combined are bound to make an amazing hit. WillieNelsonVEVO/YouTube

This crossover duet with Spanish artist Julio Iglesias, rose in popularity in the early ’80s and was the top country song of ’84.

“To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” – Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson


1985: “Lost In The Fifties Tonight (In The Still)” – Ronnie Milsap

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Ronnie Milsap had a ton of hits. RonnieMilsapVEVO/YouTube

If you were born in 1985, or during the ’80s period, you were basically born into the time of Ronnie Milsap hits.

“Lost In The Fifties Tonight (In The Still)” – Ronnie Milsap


1986: “Morning Desire” – Kenny Rogers

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The video is pretty dramatic KennyRogersColombia/YouTube

This song was on the Billboard charts for 22 weeks in 1986, topped the charts in early January, and has remained a fan favourite of country songs from the ’80s.

“Morning Desire” – Kenny Rogers


1987: “Forever And Ever, Amen” – Randy Travis

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The wedding-themed video is pretty cute. Randy Travis/YouTube

Randy Travis held the spot for top country song two years in a row.

“Forever And Ever, Amen” – Randy Travis


1988: “I Told You So” – Randy Travis

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Just one of his many iconic songs. Randy Travis/YouTube

This iconic ballad was the top country song in 1988, and resurfaced to regain popularity once again as Travis recorded this song as a duet with Carrie Underwood in 2007.

“I Told You So” – Randy Travis


1989: “I’m No Stranger To The Rain” – Keith Whitley

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Keith Whitely knew how to make a hit. KeithWhitelyVEVO/YouTube

…and we’re no stranger to this 1989 chart-topper.

“I’m No Stranger To The Rain” – Keith Whitley


1990: “Love Without End, Amen” – George Strait

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He’s had countless hits. YouTube/outlawblues1

George Strait has had countless songs on the Billboard charts over the years, but this one held the top spot in all of country music in 1990.

“Love Without End, Amen” – George Strait


1991: “Down Home” – Alabama

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This isn’t their first time on the list. AlabamaVEVO/YouTube

Alabama is a legendary country music group that really dominated the ’80s and early ’90s.

“Down Home” – Alabama


1992: “Achy Breaky Heart” – Billy Ray Cyrus

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Be sure not to break it. BillyRayCyrusVEVO/YouTube

Love it or hate it, you definitely know it.

“Achy Breaky Heart” – Billy Ray Cyrus


1993: “Chattahoochee” – Alan Jackson

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The video has some nice summer vibes. alanjacksonVEVO/YouTube

If you were born in ’93, this feel good Alan Jackson hit was the top country song. If you’re curious as to exactly what the Chattahoochee is, it’s a pretty popular, historic river in North Georgia.

“Chattahoochee” – Alan Jackson


1994: “I Swear” – John Michael Montgomery

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The song is perfect for a wedding. TheWhiteCat65/YouTube

John Michael Montgomery had the most popular country hit with this love song, giving us major wedding song vibes.

“I Swear” – John Michael Montgomery


1995: “I Like It, I Love It” – Tim McGraw

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It was a chart-topper. Jeff Bottari/Getty Images

If you’ve always wanted to go to a Tim McGraw concert, but never been, watch the music video to this 1995 chart-topper.

“I Like It, I Love It” – Tim McGraw


1996: “My Maria” – Brooks & Dunn

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They’re a well-known country duo. BrooksandDunnVEVO/YouTube

Easily one the most well-known duos of all time, Brooks & Dunn, held the number one spot the longest on country music charts in 1996 with their hit “My Maria.”

“My Maria” – Brooks & Dunn


1997: “It’s Your Love” – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

I think we all want to find that someone we can sing this song to (and with).

“It’s Your Love” – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill


1998: “Just To See You Smile” – Tim McGraw

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He’s still making country hits. Frederick Breedon IV/Getty Images

This will forever and always be a song we love.

“Just To See You Smile” – Tim McGraw


1999: “Amazed” – Lonestar

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Still a solid karaoke choice. LonestarVEVO

We’re going to guess that this ballad was a karaoke anthem back in ’99.

“Amazed” – Lonestar


2000: “I Hope You Dance” – Lee Ann Womack

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This song was (and still is) a popular song for the father-daughter dance at weddings. Getty

If this song doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, you’re lying.

“I Hope You Dance” – Lee Ann Womack


2001: “I’m Already There” – Lonestar

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Another Lonestar hit makes the list. LonestarVEVO/YouTube

This song hits you right in the feels, every single time.

“I’m Already There” – Lonestar


2002: “The Good Stuff” – Kenny Chesney

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His album went multi-platinum John Palmer / MediaPunch/IPX

This hit from Chesney’s multi-platinum album “No Shoes No Shirt No Problems,” held the top spot on country music charts for seven weeks, and is a song that has some true, real life experiences wrapped into it.

“The Good Stuff” – Kenny Chesney


2003: “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” – Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett

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We’ll drink to that. alanjacksonVEVO/YouTube

This song describes that Friday afternoon, almost the weekend, time for a drink feeling “to a T.”

“It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” – Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett


2004: “Live Like You Were Dying” – Tim McGraw

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The message is still relevant. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Tim McGraw held the number one spot for top country song in 2004 with this inspiring song.

“Live Like You Were Dying” – Tim McGraw


2005: “As Good As I Once Was” – Toby Keith

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A storytelling hit. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Toby Keith’s music tells a story. This story, told with comedic flair, held the top spot in country music the longest in 2005.

“As Good As I Once Was” – Toby Keith


2006: “Jesus, Take The Wheel” – Carrie Underwood

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This song might give you chills. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Carrie Underwood won “American Idol” in 2005, and held the spot for top country song the following year.

“Jesus, Take The Wheel” – Carrie Underwood


2007: “Never Wanted Nothing More” – Kenny Chesney

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This hit was not his first nor his last. Ethan Miller/Getty

Kenny Chesney has never had a song that wasn’t a hit, but this one in particular topped the charts in 2007.

“Never Wanted Nothing More” – Kenny Chesney


2008: “Letter To Me” – Brad Paisley

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Still relatable. BradPaisleyVEVO/YouTube

This song is all about the things that he wishes he could tell his younger self, something we all could probably write to our younger selves, we may just not be able to sing it as well as Brad Paisley does.

“Letter To Me” – Brad Paisley


2009: “Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum

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Still a wonderful song to sing along to. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Often times country music hits you right in the feels, and this Lady Antebellum hit did so back in 2009.

“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum


2010: “Why Don’t We Just Dance” – Josh Turner

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He poses a solid question. JoshTurnerVEVO/YouTube

Josh Turner’s hit just makes you want to dance, or makes you wonder why you’re not doing so.

“Why Don’t We Just Dance” – Josh Turner


2011: “Honey Bee” – Blake Shelton

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It’s super sweet. Stephen Lovekin/Stringer/Getty Images

Blake Shelton got it right with this cute love song.

“Honey Bee” – Blake Shelton


2012: “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” – Taylor Swift

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Like, ever. Big Machine

Taylor Swift’s break up anthem held the number one spot on Billboard charts the longest of all country songs in 2012.

“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” – Taylor Swift


2013: “Cruise” – Florida Georgia Line

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Roll those windows down and turn this single up. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Florida Georgia Line had the top country song again in 2013 with this summertime anthem.

“Cruise” – Florida Georgia Line


2014: “Burnin’ It Down” – Jason Aldean

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The album had multiple hits. Theo Wargo / Getty

What’s not to love about Jason Aldean’s music? This song was one of many hit singles that came off of his sixthth album, “Old Boots New Dirt.”

“Burnin’ It Down” – Jason Aldean


2015: “Girl Crush” – Little Big Town

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We have a crush on this song. Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT

Little Big Town had several hits on their 2014 album “Pain Killer,” but this hit is the one that really rose in popularity and topped the charts in the following year, 2015.

“Girl Crush” – Little Big Town


2016: “H.O.L.Y.” – Florida Georgia Line

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The video has some beachy vibes. FloridaGeorgiaLine/Vevo

This Florida Georgia Line hit held the top spot on Billboard’s country music chart for 15 weeks.

“H.O.L.Y.” – Florida Georgia Line


2017: “Body Like A Back Road” – Sam Hunt

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NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 04: Singer-songwriter Sam Hunt attends the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 4, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

You couldn’t be in the car for 10 minutes or more without hearing this song on the radio throughout all of 2017.

“Body Like A Back Road” – Sam Hunt


2018: “Meant To Be” – Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line

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It was an unexpected crossover, but one that works. Bebe Rexha/YouTube

Florida Georgia Line has really nailed the crossover hits, collaborating with artists like Bebe Rexha, Nelly, and The Chainsmokers.

“Meant To Be” – Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line