Introduction

1980

The Oak Ridge Boys, “Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight”

T.G. Sheppard, “I’ll Be Coming Back For More”

 Don Williams, “Love Me All Over Again”

 Barbara Mandrell, “Years”

Waylon Jennings, “I Ain’t Living Long Like This”

Anne Murray, “Daydream Believer”

Willie Nelson, “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”

Ronnie Milsap, “Why Don’t You Spend the Night”

Bellamy Brothers, “Sugar Daddy”

Conway Twitty, “I’d Love to Lay You Down”

Crystal Gayle, “It’s Like We Never Said Goodbye”

Charley Pride, “Honky Tonk Blues”

George Jones & Tammy Wynette, “Two Story House”

Emmylou Harris, “Beneath Still Waters”

Dottie West, “A Lesson in Leavin'”

Eddie Rabbitt, “Gone Too Far'”

Debby Boone, “Are You On the Road to Lovin’ Me Again”

Merle Haggard, “The Way I Am”

Don Williams, “Good Ole Boys Like Me”

Kenny Rogers & Kim Carnes, “Don’t Fall in Love With a Dreamer”

Dolly Parton, “Starting Over Again”

Ronnie Milsap, “My Heart”/”Silent Night (After the Fight)”

The Oak Ridge Boys, “Trying to Love Two Women”

George Jones, “He Stopped Loving Her Today”

Cristy Lane, “One Day at a Time”

Charley Pride, “You Win Again”

John Conlee, “Friday Night Blues”

Merle Haggard & Clint Eastwood, “Bar Room Buddies”

Mickey Gilley, “True Love Ways”

Mickey Gilley, “Stand By Me”

 Bellamy Brothers, “Dancin’ Cowboys”

Eddie Rabbitt, “Drivin’ My Life Away”

Alabama, “Tennessee River”

Ronnie Milsap, “Cowboys and Clowns”/”Misery Loves Company”

Johnny Lee, “Lookin’ For Love”

T.G. Sheppard, “Do You Wanna Go to Heaven”

Dolly Parton, “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You”

Don Williams, “I Believe in You”

 Razzy Bailey, “Loving Up a Storm”

Willie Nelson, “On the Road Again”

Waylon Jennings, “The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys)”

Anne Murray, “Could I Have This Dance”

Kenny Rogers, “Lady”

Ronnie Milsap, “Smoky Mountain Rain”

Crystal Gayle, “If You Ever Change Your Mind”

Alabama, “Why Lady Why”

Johnny Lee, “One in a Million”

Mickey Gilley, “That’s All That Matters”

1981

The Oak Ridge Boys, “Beautiful You”

Merle Haggard, “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink”

Dolly Parton, “9 to 5”

Eddie Rabbitt, “I Love a Rainy Night”

T.G. Sheppard, “I Feel Like Loving You Again”

Razzy Bailey, “I Keep Coming Back”/”True Life Country Music”

Mel Tillis, “Southern Rains”

Charly McClain, “Who’s Cheatin’ Who”

Dottie West, “Are You Happy Baby?”

Willie Nelson, “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground”

The Bellamy Brothers, “Do You Love as Good as You Look”

Elvis Presley, “Guitar Man”

Sylvia, “Drifter”

Alabama, “Old Flame”

Hank Williams Jr., “Texas Women”

David Frizzell & Shelly West, “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma”

Mickey Gilley, “A Headache Tomorrow (or a Heartache Tonight)”

Don Williams, “Falling Again”

 T.G. Sheppard, “I Loved ‘Em Every One”

 Conway Twitty, “Rest Your Love On Me”/”I am the Dreamer (You are the Dream)”

Ronnie Milsap, “Am I Losing You”

The Oak Ridge Boys, “Elvira”

Rosanne Cash, “Seven Year Ache”

Dolly Parton, “But You Know I Love You”

Razzy Bailey, “Friends”/”Anywhere There’s a Jukebox”

Dottie West with Kenny Rogers, “What are We Doin’ in Love”

 Barbara Mandrell with George Jones, “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool”

Anne Murray, “Blessed are the Believers”

Alabama, “Feels So Right”

Earl Thomas Conley, “Fire and Smoke”

Johnny Lee, “Prisoner of Hope”

 Kenny Rogers, “I Don’t Need You”

Hank Williams Jr., “Dixie On My Mind”

Crystal Gayle, “Too Many Lovers”

Ronnie Milsap, “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me”

Mickey Gilley, “You Don’t Know Me”

T.G. Sheppard, “Party Time”

Ronnie McDowell, “Older Women”

T.G. Sheppard, “Step By Step”

Conway Twitty, “Tight Fittin’ Jeans”

Razzy Bailey, “Midnight Hauler”

Charley Pride, “Never Been So Loved (in All My Life)”

The Oak Ridge Boys, “Fancy Free”

Barbara Mandrell, “Wish You Were Here”

Hank Williams Jr., “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)”

Rosanne Cash, “My Baby Thinks He’s a Train”

Emmylou Harris & Don Williams, “If I Needed You”

Johnny Lee, “Bet Your Heart On Me”

Merle Haggard, “My Favorite Memory”

Alabama, “Love in the First Degree”

 Steve Wariner, “All Roads Lead to You”

George Jones, “Still Doin’ Time”

 

1982

Ronnie Milsap, “I Wouldn’t Have Missed it For the World”

Gene Watson, “Fourteen Carat Mind”

Mickey Gilley, “Lonely Nights”

Conway Twitty, “Red Neckin’ Love Makin’ Night”

Don Williams, “Lord, I Hope This Day is Good”

Juice Newton, “The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known)”

T.G. Sheppard, “Only One You”

Eddie Rabbitt, “Someone Could Lose a Heart Tonight”

Charley Pride, “Mountain of Love”

Ed Bruce, “You’re the Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had”

The Oak Ridge Boys, “Bobbie Sue”

Rosanne Cash, “Blue Moon With Heartache”

Conway Twitty, “The Clown”

Razzy Bailey, “She Left Love All Over Me”

 George Jones, “Same Ole Me”

Merle Haggard, “Big City”

Alabama, “Mountain Music”

Ricky Skaggs, “Crying My Heart Out Over You”

Willie Nelson, “Always On My Mind”

Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson, “Just to Satisfy You”

T.G. Sheppard, “Finally”

Don Williams, “Listen to the Radio”

The Bellamy Brothers, “For All the Wrong Reasons”

Conway Twitty, “Slow Hand”

Charley Pride, “I Don’t Think She’s in Love Anymore”

Ronnie Milsap, “Any Day Now”

Alabama, “Take Me Down”

Janie Fricke, “Don’t Worry ’bout Me Baby”

Barbara Mandrell, “Till You’re Gone”

Ricky Skaggs, “I Don’t Care”

Sylvia, “Nobody”

Hank Williams Jr., “Honky Tonkin'”

David Frizzell, “I’m Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home”

Kenny Rogers, “Love Will Turn You Around”

George Strait, “Fool Hearted Memory”

Jerry Reed, “She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)”

Michael Martin Murphey, “What’s Forever For”

Mickey Gilley, “Put Your Dreams Away”

Ronnie Milsap, “He Got You”

Merle Haggard & George Jones, “Yesterday’s Wine”

Alabama, “Close Enough to Perfect”

Dolly Parton, “I Will Always Love You”/”Do I Ever Cross Your Mind”

Charley Pride, “You’re So Good When You’re Bad”

T.G. Sheppard, “War is Hell (On the Homefront Too)”

Ricky Skaggs, “Heartbroke”

Conway Twitty, “We Did But Now You Don’t”

Eddie Rabbitt with Crystal Gayle, “You and I”

Janie Fricke, “It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Easy”

The Bellamy Brothers, “Redneck Girl”

Kenny Rogers, “A Love Song”

Earl Thomas Conley, “Somewhere Between Right and Wrong”

John Anderson, “Wild and Blue”

1983

Sylvia, “Like Nothing Ever Happened”

Reba McEntire, “Can’t Even Get the Blues”

Merle Haggard, “Going Where the Lonely Go”

Mickey Gilley, “Talk to Me”

Emmylou Harris, “(Lost His Love) On Our Last Date”

Ronnie Milsap, “Inside”/”Carolina Dreams”

Crystal Gayle, “‘Til I Gain Control Again”

T.G. Sheppard and Karen Brooks, “Faking Love”

Don Williams, “If Hollywood Don’t Need You (Honey I Still Do)”

Conway Twitty, ‘The Rose”

Charley Pride, “Why Baby Why”

John Anderson, “Swingin'”

Ricky Skaggs, “I Wouldn’t Change You if I Could”

The Bellamy Brothers, “When I’m Away From You”

Alabama, “Dixieland Delight”

Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton, “We’ve Got Tonight”

The Oak Ridge Boys, “American Made”

Shelly West, “José Cuervo”

Reba McEntire, “You’re the First Time I’ve Thought About Leaving”

John Conlee, “Common Man”

B.J. Thomas, “Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love”

Merle Haggard, “You Take Me For Granted”

Waylon Jennings, “Lucille (You Won’t Do Your Daddy’s Will)”

Crystal Gayle, “Our Love is On the Faultline”

Eddie Rabbitt, “You Can’t Run From Love”

Mickey Gilley, “Fool For Your Love”

Don Williams, “Love is On a Roll”

Ricky Skaggs, “Highway 40 Blues”

Alabama, ‘The Closer You Get”

Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson, “Pancho and Lefty”

Earl Thomas Conley, “Your Love’s On the Line”

Janie Fricke, “He’s a Heartache (Looking For a Place to Happen)”

George Jones, “I Always Get Lucky With You”

Conway Twitty, “Lost in the Feeling”

Ronnie McDowell, “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation”

The Oak Ridge Boys, “Love Song”

Johnny Lee, “Hey Bartender”

John Conlee, “I’m Only in it For the Love”

George Strait, “A Fire I Can’t Put Out”

Charley Pride, “Night Games”

Crystal Gayle, “Baby, What About You”

Ronnie Milsap, “Don’t You Know How Much I Love You”

B.J. Thomas, “Old Looks From a New Lover”

Alabama, “Lady Down On Love”

Charly McClain and Mickey Gilley, “Paradise Tonight”

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

Barbara Mandrell, “One of a Kind Pair of Fools”

Lee Greenwood, “Somebody’s Gonna Love You”

Earl Thomas Conley, “Holding Her and Loving You”

Anne Murray, “A Little Good News”

Janie Fricke, “Tell Me a Lie”

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You)”

John Anderson, “Black Sheep”

 

1984

T.G. Sheppard, “Slow Burn”

George Strait, “You Look So Good in Love”

Crystal Gayle, “The Sound of Goodbye”

Ronnie Milsap, “Show Her”

John Conlee, “In My Eyes”

Don Williams, “Stay Young”

Alabama, “Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)”

Merle Haggard, “That’s the Way Love Goes”

Ricky Skaggs, “Don’t Cheat in Our Hometown”

 Exile, “Woke Up in Love”

Lee Greenwood, “Going, Going, Gone”

Janie Fricke, “Let’s Stop Talkin’ About It”

The Statler Brothers, “Elizabeth”

Johnny Lee with Lane Brody, “The Yellow Rose”

Barbara Mandrell, “Happy Birthday Dear Heartache”

The Oak Ridge Boys, “I Guess it Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes”

Earl Thomas Conley, “Don’t Make it Easy For Me”

The Kendalls, “Thank God For the Radio”

Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson, “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before”

George Strait, “Right or Wrong”

John Conlee, “As Long as I’m Rockin’ With You”

Ricky Skaggs, “Honey (Open That Door)”

Alabama, “When We Make Love”

Merle Haggard, “Someday When Things are Good”

Conway Twitty, “Somebody’s Needin’ Somebody”

Eddy Raven, “I Got Mexico”

Anne Murray, “Just Another Woman in Love”

Vern Gosdin, “I Can Tell By the Way You Dance (You’re Gonna Love Me Tonight)”

Don Williams, “That’s the Thing About Love”

Exile, “I Don’t Want to Be a Memory”

T.G. Sheppard, “Somewhere Down the Line”

Earl Thomas Conley, “Angel in Disguise”

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, “Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream)”

The Judds, “Mama He’s Crazy”

Dolly Parton, “Tennessee Homesick Blues”

George Strait, “Let’s Fall to Pieces Together”

Ronnie Milsap, “Still Losing You”

Crystal Gayle, ‘Turning Away”

The Oak Ridge Boys, “Everyday”

Conway Twitty, “I Don’t Know a Thing About Love (The Moon Song)”

 Jim Glaser, “You’re Gettin’ to Me Again”

Merle Haggard, “Let’s Chase Each Other Around the Room”

Willie Nelson, “City of New Orleans”

Ricky Skaggs, “Uncle Pen”

John Schneider, “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know”

Earl Thomas Conley, “Chance of Lovin’ You”

Alabama, “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)”

Anne Murray with Dave Loggins, “Nobody Loves Me Like You Do”

The Judds, ‘Why Not Me”

Exile, “Give Me One More Chance”

Johnny Lee, “You Could’ve Heard a Heart Break”

Janie Fricke, “Your Heart’s Not in it”

Eddie Rabbitt, ‘The Best Year of My Life”

Alabama, “(There’s a) Fire in the Night”

1985

George Strait, “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind”

The Oak Ridge Boys, “Make My Life With You”

Reba McEntire, “How Blue”

Mel McDaniel, “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On”

Merle Haggard with Janie Fricke, “A Place to Fall Apart”

Gary Morris, “Baby Bye Bye”

Conway Twitty, “Ain’t She Somethin’ Else”

Glen Campbell, “A Lady Like You”

Exile, “Crazy For Your Love”

Lee Greenwood, “You’ve Got a Good Love Comin'”

Ray Charles with Willie Nelson, “Seven Spanish Angels”

The Statler Brothers, “My Only Love”

The Bellamy Brothers, “I Need More of You”

Alabama, “There’s No Way”

Kenny Rogers, “Crazy”

John Schneider, “Country Girls”

The Judds, “Girls Night Out”

Earl Thomas Conley, “Honor Bound”

Reba McEntire, “Somebody Should Leave”

Sylvia, “Fallin’ in Love”

Conway Twitty, “Don’t Call Him a Cowboy”

Ronnie Milsap, “She Keeps the Home Fires Burning”

 Sawyer Brown, “Step That Step”

Charly McClain, “Radio Heart”

 Exile, “She’s a Miracle”

Merle Haggard, “Natural High”

Lee Greenwood, “Dixie Road”

Ricky Skaggs, “Country Boy”

The Oak Ridge Boys, “Little Things”

Alabama, “Forty Hour Week (For a Livin’)”

Hank Williams Jr., “I’m For Love”

Willie Nelson, “Forgiving You Was Easy”

Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, “Real Love”

The Judds, “Love is Alive”

Earl Thomas Conley, “Love Don’t Care (Whose Heart it Breaks)”

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, “Modern Day Romance”

The Highwaymen, “The Highwayman”

The Forester Sisters, “I Fell in Love Again Last Night”

Ronnie Milsap, “Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night)”

Rosanne Cash, “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me”

Marie Osmond with Dan Seals, “Meet Me in Montana”

The Oak Ridge Boys, “Touch a Hand, Make a Friend”

Steve Wariner, “Some Fools Never Learn”

Alabama, “Can’t Keep a Good Man Down”

Juice Newton, “You Make Me Want to Make You Mine”

Gary Morris, “I’ll Never Stop Loving You”

Lee Greenwood, “I Don’t Mind the Thorns (If You’re the Rose)”

The Bellamy Brothers, “I’d Lie to You For Your Love”

Earl Thomas Conley, “Nobody Falls Like a Fool”

Exile, “Hang On to Your Heart”

Kenny Rogers, “Morning Desire”

The Statler Brothers, “Too Much On My Heart”

Dan Seals, “Bop”

George Strait, “The Chair”

The Judds, “Have Mercy”

 

1986

Crystal Gayle and Gary Morris, “Makin’ Up for Lost Time (The Dallas Lovers’ Song)”

Steve Wariner, “You Can Dream of Me”

Rosanne Cash, “Never Be You”

The Forester Sisters, “Just in Case”

Dolly Parton, “Think About Love”

Juice Newton, “Hurt”

John Schneider, “What’s a Memory Like You (Doing in a Love Like This)”

Marie Osmond, ‘There’s No Stopping Your Heart”

Alabama, “She and I”

Exile, “I Could Get Used to You”

Lee Greenwood, “Don’t Underestimate My Love For You”

The Judds, “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days)”

Gary Morris, “100% Chance of Rain”

Ronnie Milsap, “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby”

Ricky Skaggs, “Cajun Moon”

Anne Murray, “Now and Forever (You and Me)”

Earl Thomas Conley, “Once in a Blue Moon”

Steve Wariner, “Life’s Highway”

The Forester Sisters, “Mama’s Never Seen Those Eyes”

Hank Williams Jr., “Ain’t Misbehavin'”

Willie Nelson, “Living in the Promiseland”

Kenny Rogers, “Tomb of the Unknown Love”

Dan Seals, “Everything That Glitters (is Not Gold)”

Reba McEntire, “Whoever’s in New England”

Lee Greenwood, “Hearts Aren’t Made to Break (They’re Made to Love)”

Judy Rodman, “Until I Met You”

The Judds, “Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain”

 George Strait, “Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her”

Don Williams, “Heartbeat in the Darkness”

Randy Travis, “On the Other Hand”

Conway Twitty, “Desperado Love”

Reba McEntire, “Little Rock”

John Schneider, “You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight”

T.G. Sheppard, “Strong Heart”

Ronnie Milsap, “In Love”

Eddie Rabbitt and Juice Newton, “Both to Each Other (Friends and Lovers)”

Tanya Tucker, “Just Another Love”

John Conlee, “Got My Heart Set On You”

Exile, “It’ll Be Me”

Janie Fricke, “Always Have, Always Will”

Randy Travis, “Diggin’ Up Bones”

Restless Heart, “That Rock Won’t Roll”

Marie Osmond and Paul Davis, “You’re Still New to Me”

Crystal Gayle, “Cry”

Alabama, “Touch Me When We’re Dancing”

George Strait, “It Ain’t Cool to Be Crazy About You”

 The Bellamy Brothers with The Forester Sisters, “Too Much is Not Enough”

T. Graham Brown, “Hell and High Water”

Michael Johnson, “Give Me Wings”

The Judds, “Cry Myself to Sleep”

Don Williams, “Then it’s Love”

Conway Twitty, “Fallin’ For You For Years”

Hank Williams Jr., “Mind Your Own Business”

1987

Dan Seals, “You Still Move Me”

Gary Morris, “Leave Me Lonely”

 Ronnie Milsap, “How Do I Turn You On”

Reba McEntire, “What am I Gonna Do About You”

Crystal Gayle, “Straight to the Heart”

Earl Thomas Conley, “I Can’t Win For Losing You”

Lee Greenwood, “Mornin’ Ride”

S-K-O, “Baby’s Got a New Baby”

Restless Heart, “I’ll Still Be Loving You”

Kenny Rogers, “Twenty Years Ago”

Alabama, “‘You’ve Got’ The Touch”

George Strait, “Ocean Front Property”

The Bellamy Brothers, “Kids of the Baby Boom”

Steve Wariner, “Small Town Girl”

 Waylon Jennings, “Rose in Paradise”

Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris, “To Know Him is to Love Him”

The Oak Ridge Boys, “It Takes a Little Rain (To Make Love Grow)”

Conway Twitty, “Julia”

T. Graham Brown, “Don’t Go to Strangers”

Dan Seals, “I Will Be There”

Michael Johnson, “The Moon is Still Over Her Shoulder”

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, “Baby’s Got a Hold On Me”

Randy Travis, “Forever and Ever, Amen”

The O’Kanes, “Can’t Stop My Heart From Loving You”

The Judds, “I Know Where I’m Going”

Steve Wariner, “The Weekend”

 Earl Thomas Conley, “That Was a Close One”

Holly Dunn, “Love Someone Like Me”

 George Strait, “All My Ex’s Live in Texas”

Reba McEntire, “One Promise Too Late”

Michael Martin Murphey, “A Long Line of Love”

Restless Heart, “Why Does it Have to Be (Wrong or Right)”

Ronnie Milsap, “Snap Your Fingers”

Ronnie Milsap & Kenny Rogers, “Make No Mistake, She’s Mine”

Exile, “She’s Too Good to Be True”

Dan Seals, “Three Time Loser”

Hank Williams Jr., “Born to Boogie”

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, “Fishin’ in the Dark”

Rosanne Cash, “The Way We Make a Broken Heart”

Foster & Lloyd, “Crazy Over You”

The Oak Ridge Boys, “This Crazy Love”

Eddy Raven, “Shine, Shine, Shine”