10 Country Songs Turning 50 in 2020

Billboard‘s country music hits of 1970 reveal one of the best years for classic songwriters and song interpreters this side of 1968. Multiple songs backing up this claim transcend the seminal artists behind them and still define the sound and lyrical content of country songs to the masses.

This top 10 barely scratches the surface of great songs that kicked off one of the best decades for traditional and pop-friendly country hits. Merle Haggard, Charley Pride, Sonny James, Tammy Wynette, Buck Owens, Hank Williams Jr., Jerry Lee Lewis, Marty Robbins, Glen Campbell, Bobby Bare, David Houston, Dottie West and duet partners Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner began the ’70s on a strong note, but even solid offerings by those talents paled in comparison 50 years ago to the songwriting of Kris Kristofferson and the signature songs of Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty.

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