The most popular country song the year you were born

Rick DiamondFaith Hill and Tim McGraw.

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

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

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

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

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

Slasheri/YouTubeIt was on the charts in 1977.

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

YouTube/WillieNelsonVEVOEveryone knows this one.

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

Shisheri/YouTubeHe makes the list again.

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

koujii334/YouTubeAren’t we all?

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

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

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

Wikimedia CommonsHe’s a popular household name.

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

paradiseresort/YouTubeThis duo was iconic together and apart.

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

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

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

RonnieMilsapVEVO/YouTubeRonnie Milsap had a ton of hits.

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

KennyRogersColombia/YouTubeThe video is pretty dramatic

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

Randy Travis/YouTubeThe wedding-themed video is pretty cute.

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

Randy Travis/YouTubeJust one of his many iconic songs.

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

KeithWhitelyVEVO/YouTubeKeith Whitely knew how to make a hit.

…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

YouTube/outlawblues1He’s had countless hits.

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

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

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

BillyRayCyrusVEVO/YouTubeBe sure not to break it.

Love it or hate it, you definitely know it.

“Achy Breaky Heart” – Billy Ray Cyrus


1993: “Chattahoochee” – Alan Jackson

alanjacksonVEVO/YouTubeThe video has some nice summer vibes.

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

TheWhiteCat65/YouTubeThe song is perfect for a wedding.

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

Jeff Bottari/Getty ImagesIt was a chart-topper.

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

BrooksandDunnVEVO/YouTubeThey’re a well-known country duo.

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

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

This will forever and always be a song we love.

“Just To See You Smile” – Tim McGraw


1999: “Amazed” – Lonestar

LonestarVEVOStill a solid karaoke choice.

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

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

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

LonestarVEVO/YouTubeAnother Lonestar hit makes the list.

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

“I’m Already There” – Lonestar


2002: “The Good Stuff” – Kenny Chesney

John Palmer / MediaPunch/IPXHis album went multi-platinum

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

alanjacksonVEVO/YouTubeWe’ll drink to that.

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

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesThe message is still relevant.

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

Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesA storytelling hit.

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

Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesThis song might give you chills.

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

Ethan Miller/GettyThis hit was not his first nor his last.

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

BradPaisleyVEVO/YouTubeStill relatable.

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

Michael Loccisano/Getty ImagesStill a wonderful song to sing along to.

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

JoshTurnerVEVO/YouTubeHe poses a solid question.

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

Stephen Lovekin/Stringer/Getty ImagesIt’s super sweet.

Blake Shelton got it right with this cute love song.

“Honey Bee” – Blake Shelton


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

Big MachineLike, ever.

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

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

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

Theo Wargo / GettyThe album had multiple hits.

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

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

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

FloridaGeorgiaLine/VevoThe video has some beachy vibes.

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

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

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

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

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

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