Top 20 Country Love Songs By Decade

40 Years of the Top Country Love Songs

Falling in love and staying that way—every music genre touches on this theme. Country puts its unique spin on romance and finding true love like none other. This compiled list of songs through the decades was developed from several resources like top charts, polls, and opinions over the years.

Country music is one of the most popular music genres in the United States. Its roots came from the early 20th century from the rural south, which reflected times of hardship, political turmoil, and love. 

Check out these lists to find the best country love songs from the past 40 years. Most songs charted as one of the top five songs of a year. You can find the songs listed by decade. 

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Country music in the 1970s brings to mind songs from legendary artists like Loretta Lynn with "Love is the Foundation," or Conway Twitty with "Hello Darlin'," or Kenny Rogers' "You Decorated My Life." 

Many of these songs have a sweet strumming guitar, and many artists on this list incorporated piano and strings to give the songs an extra bit of drama. Some of these songs may be considered rugged. All of them are considered timeless.

Country music in the 1980s was the era of the "Urban Cowboy," the movie that started the craze, and really brought country music to the forefront.

Stars like Anne Murray, Eddie Rabbit, and George Jones were seriously hitting the soundwaves. The 80s started to bring with it a lot of crossover into popular mainstream music.

One undeniable hit that climbed pop charts included "Always on My Mind," by Willie Nelson. The band Alabama charted a number of country love song hits as did hard workin' Dolly Parton.

Country music in the 1990s was quite popularly mainstream and was becoming music for all ages, not just the older folks. The 90s birthed big acts like Alan Jackson, George Strait, and Garth Brooks. The women were no slouches either with acts like Shania Twain, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, and Martina McBride, too.

The 90s is also when the term "hat act" was first used, in reference to the many country artists that were springing up that wore cowboy hats. 

There is hardly any use in debating the fact that country music never had more commercial success or cultural impact than it did in this decade.

The momentum from the 90s swept into the 2000s. At the turn of the millennium, country music had more of a country-pop mixture, with artists like Shania Twain and Faith Hill domineering the forefront.

You could still find great traditional music around, but the new country sound began to blend in more pop and rock beats, as well as more hip-hop music.

In general, country songs of the 2000s either harkened back to more classic sounds of earlier alt-country songs like the Dixie Chicks or relied heavily on pop influences.