Top Fifty CMA Single of the Year Winners, Part Six: Individual Ballots

Our countdown of CMA Single of the Year winners concludes with #10-#1.

Top Fifty CMA Single of the Year Winners

Part One: #50-41 | Part Two: #40-#31 | Part Three: #30-#21

Part Four: #20-#11 | Part Five #10-#1

To wrap up our feature countdown of the 50 previous winners of the CMA Awards’ “Single Of The Year” category, here are the individual ballots for each of the writers who participated in the countdown. Interestingly, we had 3/4 agreement for both the #1 and #50 picks!

Kevin John Coyne

1 He Stopped Loving Her Today
2 Hurt
3 Always On My Mind
4 Harper Valley PTA
5 Help Me Make it Through the Night
6 Friends in Low Places
7 Lucille
8 Wide Open Spaces
9 18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses
10 Strawberry Wine
11 When I Call Your Name
12 I May Hate Myself in the Morning
13 I’m No Stranger to the Rain
14 The Devil Went Down to Georgia
15 A Boy Named Sue
16 Forever and Ever, Amen
17 I Hope You Dance
18 Why Not Me
19 Live Like You Were Dying
20 Behind Closed Doors
21 Chattahoochee
22 Believe
23 When You Say Nothing At All
24 Before the Next Teardrop Falls
25 Before He Cheats
26 Girl Crush
27 Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning
28 A Little Good News
29 Good Hearted Woman
30 If I Die Young
31 The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA
32 Check Yes or No
33 Swingin’
34 Bop
35 I Saw God Today
36 Okie from Muskogee
37 I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
38 There Goes My Everything
39 Heaven’s Just a Sin Away
40 I Swear
41 Need You Now
42 Automatic
43 Country Bumpkin
44 Holes in the Floor of Heaven
45 Pontoon
46 Achy Breaky Heart
47 Elivira
48 I Run to You
49 Die a Happy Man
50 Cruise

Sam Gazdiak

1 He Stopped Loving Her Today
2 Forever and Ever, Amen
3 Friends in Low Places
4 When I Call Your Name
5 Lucille
6 I’m No Stranger to the Rain
7 Hurt
8 Chattahoochee
9 Good Hearted Woman
10 Help Me Make it Through the Night
11 Harper Valley PTA
12 Okie from Muskogee
13 A Boy Named Sue
14 Girl Crush
15 When You Say Nothing At All
16 I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
17 The Devil Went Down to Georgia
18 I May Hate Myself in the Morning
19 Before He Cheats
20 Die a Happy Man
21 Elivira
22 If I Die Young
23 I Hope You Dance
24 Always On My Mind
25 Wide Open Spaces
26 Live Like You Were Dying
27 Bop
28 I Saw God Today
29 Check Yes or No
30 Strawberry Wine
31 Why Not Me
32 Before the Next Teardrop Falls
33 Automatic
34 There Goes My Everything
35 I Run to You
36 Believe
37 18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses
38 Behind Closed Doors
39 Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning
40 Country Bumpkin
41 Need You Now
42 Pontoon
43 I Swear
44 The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA
45 Heaven’s Just a Sin Away
46 Holes in the Floor of Heaven
47 Swingin’
48 A Little Good News
49 Achy Breaky Heart
50 Cruise

Jonathan Keefe

1 Always On My Mind
2 Help Me Make it Through the Night
3 Forever and Ever, Amen
4 Strawberry Wine
5 Good Hearted Woman
6 The Devil Went Down to Georgia
7 When I Call Your Name
8 I’m No Stranger to the Rain
9 Harper Valley PTA
10 Lucille
11 I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
12 Friends in Low Places
13 When You Say Nothing At All
14 Swingin’
15 He Stopped Loving Her Today
16 Elivira
17 18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses
18 Wide Open Spaces
19 If I Die Young
20 Okie from Muskogee
21 Before the Next Teardrop Falls
22 Why Not Me
23 Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning
24 I Hope You Dance
25 Chattahoochee
26 A Boy Named Sue
27 Heaven’s Just a Sin Away
28 Behind Closed Doors
29 A Little Good News
30 There Goes My Everything
31 Achy Breaky Heart
32 Girl Crush
33 Need You Now
34 Bop
35 Check Yes or No
36 Hurt
37 Before He Cheats
38 I May Hate Myself in the Morning
39 Holes in the Floor of Heaven
40 Country Bumpkin
41 I Saw God Today
42 Live Like You Were Dying
43 I Swear
44 The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA
45 Believe
46 Automatic
47 Pontoon
48 Cruise
49 Die a Happy Man
50 I Run to You

Leeann Morrow Ward

1 He Stopped Loving Her Today
2 When I Call Your Name
3 Forever and Ever, Amen
4 Harper Valley PTA
5 The Devil Went Down to Georgia
6 18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses
7 Friends in Low Places
8 A Boy Named Sue
9 Lucille
10 I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
11 Elivira
12 Help Me Make it Through the Night
13 I’m No Stranger to the Rain
14 Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning
15 Good Hearted Woman
16 I May Hate Myself in the Morning
17 Strawberry Wine
18 Always On My Mind
19 Why Not Me
20 Hurt
21 Chattahoochee
22 Before He Cheats
23 Wide Open Spaces
24 When You Say Nothing At All
25 Girl Crush
26 A Little Good News
27 Bop
28 Okie from Muskogee
29 Behind Closed Doors
30 Swingin’
31 Before the Next Teardrop Falls
32 If I Die Young
33 Believe
34 Live Like You Were Dying
35 Check Yes or No
36 Pontoon
37 I Swear
38 Automatic
39 Heaven’s Just a Sin Away
40 Need You Now
41 There Goes My Everything
42 Country Bumpkin
43 Achy Breaky Heart
44 I Hope You Dance
45 The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA
46 I Saw God Today
47 Holes in the Floor of Heaven
48 I Run to You
49 Die a Happy Man
50 Cruise

Our CMA coverage will continue this week with our Picks & Predictions for this year’s awards, so check back asap!

1 Comment

  1. If I had to make a list of my favorite country songs of the last 50 years (I have no plans to actually do this), very few of these songs would be included. My guess is that the writers here feel the same way. My list would include songs that never were released as singles and those that were that failed to come anywhere close to being a number one or even a top ten hit. The most frequently played song in my i-tunes library was never a single – Hal Ketchum’s “Daddy’s Oldsmobile”, written by Hal and David Mallett. My comment here does not mean that I haven’t found it interesting to view the lists.

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