Top 20 Country Music Love Songs of the 1970s

Country Music in the 1970s brings to mind songs from legendary artists like Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Ronnie Milsap, Kenny Rogers, and many more. I've combed through several resources of songs that were Top 20 or higher hits in the 1970s, and picked 20 of my favorites.

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"Funny Face" - Donna Fargo

Donna Fargo - 'All-Time Greatest Hits'
Donna Fargo - 'All-Time Greatest Hits'. K-Tell

Donna Fargo sings about having a special love in the countrypolitan-styled "Funny Face." Donna sang with a plaintive voice, as she tells her man how much he means to her.

Romantic Lyric:
"Funny face, I love you. Funny face, I need you. These are the sweetest words I've ever heard. Funny face, don't leave me. Funny face, believe me. My whole world's wrapped up in you."

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"Woman (Sensuous Woman)" - Don Gibson

Don Gibson - '18 Greatest Hits'
Don Gibson - '18 Greatest Hits'. Curb Records

Don Gibson sings about a man who is haunted by his ex in the country weeper "Woman (Sensuous Woman)." He begs her to release his soul so he can love again.

Romantic Lyric:
"Woman, sensuous woman. You control the world I’m living in. Woman, sensuous woman. Release my body and let me live again."

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"The Most Beautiful Girl" - Charlie Rich

Charlie Rich - Feel Like Going Home: The Essential Charlie Rich
Charlie Rich - Feel Like Going Home: The Essential Charlie Rich. Legacy Recordings

The man in this piano-driven song has hurt his lady, and now he asks everyone if they've seen "The Most Beautiful Girl," and was she crying. The strings provide a mournful sound that fits perfectly with the sorrowful lyrics.

Romantic Lyric:
"I lost my head and I said some things. Now come the heartaches that morning brings. I know I'm wrong and I couldn't see. I let my world slip away from me."

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From the album Feel Like Going Home: Essential Charlie Rich

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"That's Why I Love You Like I Do" - Sonny James

Sonny James - 'Capitol Collectiors Series'
Sonny James - 'Capitol Collectiors Series'. Capitol Nashville

Sonny James sings this guitar-driven song "That's Why I Love You Like I Do" about a couple that fills each other's needs.

Romantic Lyric:
"Because I knew - that you had diamonds inside your soul - where the wild winds blew. Because I thought -- I was a miner, that's why I love - you like I do."

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"Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" - Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn

Definitive Collection - Loretta Lynn
Definitive Collection - Loretta Lynn. MCA Nashville

Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty sing about the "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man", who may come from different places, but when they get together, sparks fly. This is a mid-tempo tune, infused with lap steel, and a percussive beat as Loretta and Conway add their soaring vocals about this passionate couple.

Romantic Lyric:
"Well I thought I'd been loved, but I never had, 'till I was wrapped in the arms of a Mississippi man. When he holds me close, it feels almost, like another hurricane just ripped the coast."

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From the album The Definitive Collection

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"Blanket on the Ground" - Billie Jo Spears

Billie Jo Spears - '57 Chevrolet'
Billie Jo Spears - '57 Chevrolet'. Collecting Records

Billie Jo Spears sings about that special getaway that a couple has, strolling in the moonlight, and loving each other on the "Blanket on the Ground" The song starts with a strumming guitar, and Billie Jo's vocals, and by the chorus, the song is infused with strings and backup singers, giving this a true Nashville Sound production.

Romantic Lyric:
"Just because we are married, don't mean we can't slip around. So, let's walk out through the moonlight, and lay the blanket on the ground."

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"You Decorated My Life" - Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers - 'Golden Legends'
Kenny Rogers - 'Golden Legends'. Madacy

Kenny Rogers sings in "You Decorated My Life" about finding someone that "painted their love on his heart," and before he had her in his life, he was just a plain canvas, and now he's a complete picture. Kenny's expressive delivery of the tender lyrics is surrounded with piano and a lush string arrangement.

Romantic Lyric:
"Like a rhyme with no reason in an unfinished song, there was no harmony, life meant nothin' to me, until you came along."

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"My Love" - Sonny James

Sonny James - 'Capitol Collectors Series'
Sonny James - 'Capitol Collectors Series'. Capitol Nashville

Sonny James sings this beautiful song called "My Love" about how he never thought that love was for him, until he found his lady, and now he always thinks of her, and wants her. While most versions of this song have been more on the ballad side, Sonny kicks it up a notch, making this an uptempo song with a prominent guitar and percussion.

Romantic Lyric:
"My love is warmer than the warmest sunshine softer than a sigh. My love is deeper than the deepest ocean wider than the sky. My love is brighter than the brightest star that shines every night above. And there is nothing in this world that could ever change my love."

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"You've Never Been This Far Before" - Conway Twitty

Conway Twitty - 25 Number Ones
Conway Twitty - 25 Number Ones. Hip-O Records

Conway Twitty gives us another sexy love song with "You've Never Been This Far Before." There is a prominent bass line, with touches of lap steel, and backing singers adding their "bum bum bum's" in the background.

Romantic Lyric:
"I don't know what I'm saying, as my trembling fingers touch forbidden places. Bum, bum, bum. I only know I've waited for so long, for the chance that we are taking. Bum, bum, bum."

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From the album 25 Number Ones

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"My Woman, My Woman, My Wife" - Marty Robbins

Marty Robbins - 'A Lifetime of Song'
Marty Robbins - 'A Lifetime of Song'. Sony BMG

In Marty Robbins' "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife," he sings of a man who feels he's lucky to have his lady in his life. The vocals are the spotlight of this song, but the production is still done with the Nashville Sound style, with lush strings and background singers added to the mix.

Romantic Lyric:
"Lord give her my share of Heaven, if I've earned any here in this life. 'Cause I believe she deserves it, My Woman, My Woman, My Wife."

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"Love is the Foundation" - Loretta Lynn

Definitive Collection - Loretta Lynn
Definitive Collection - Loretta Lynn. MCA Nashville

Loretta Lynn sings that "Love Is The Foundation" that her relationship is built on, and that it's a strong one.

Romantic Lyric:
"I've seen him as he awakens in the morning. He reaches out his hand and without a word, as his fingers softly fall upon my face. He lights the flame of desire, and makes me want him."

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From the album The Definitive Collection

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"Pure Love" - Ronnie Milsap

Ronnie Milsap - Essential Ronnie Milsap
Ronnie Milsap - Essential Ronnie Milsap. RCA

Ronnie Milsap sings about the love he has with his lady, in "Pure Love." He tells her how happy she makes him, and tells her all he needs is milk and honey and Captain Crunch and her.

Romantic Lyric:
"Pure love, baby it's pure love. Milk and honey and Captain Crunch and you in the morning."

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From the album Essential Ronnie Milsap

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"All I Ever Need is You" - Kenny Rogers & Dottie West

Kenny Rogers - 'Duets'
Kenny Rogers - 'Duets'. Capitol Nashville

Kenny Rogers & Dottie West sing this great duet in "All I Ever Need is You," which speaks of a couple that has a relationship that begins and ends with each other. Their love keeps them hanging on in the bad times, and all they need is each other.

Romantic Lyric:
"Sometimes when I'm down and alone, I feel just like a child with out a home. The love you give me keeps me hangin' on, honey. All I ever need is you."

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"Kiss an Angel Good Morning" - Charley Pride

Charley Pride - Essential Charley Pride
Charley Pride - Essential Charley Pride. Legacy Recordings

Charley Pride sings that the secret to his happiness is that he gets to "Kiss an Angel Good Morning", remind her during the day he's thinking about her, and then love her like the devil when he gets back home.

Romantic Lyric:
"You've got to kiss an angel good morning, and let you know you think about her when you're gone."

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From the album Essential Charley Pride

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"Behind Closed Doors" - Charlie Rich

Charlie Rich - Feel Like Going Home: The Essential Charlie Rich
Charlie Rich - Feel Like Going Home: The Essential Charlie Rich. Legacy Recordings

Charlie Rich talks about what goes on "Behind Closed Doors," saying that his lady doesn't give public displays of affection, but leaves all her loving for him when they are alone, and no one can see.

Romantic Lyric:
"She's always a lady, just like a lady should be. But when they turn out the lights she's still a baby to me."

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From the album Feel Like Going Home: Essential Charlie Rich

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"What a Difference You've Made in My Life" - Ronnie Milsap

Ronnie Milsap - Essential Ronnie Milsap
Ronnie Milsap - Essential Ronnie Milsap. RCA

Ronnie Milsap sings about the special lady in his life in "What a Difference You've Made in My Life," that she fixed his broken heart, and made him believe in love, when he used to think it was just an overused word.

Romantic Lyric:
"What a difference you've made in my life. What a difference you've made in my life. You're my sunshine day and night. Oh what a difference you've made in my life."

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From the album Essential Ronnie Milsap

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"It Must Be Love" - Don Williams

Don Williams - '20th Century Millennium Collection 2'
Don Williams - '20th Century Millennium Collection 2'. MCA Nashville

In "It Must Be Love," Don Williams sings about not being able to think of anyone else, except for his lady. He says that she is the dream he's dreaming of, and that he realizes that what he's feeling is love.

Romantic Lyric:
"Something is wrong alright. I think of you all night. Can't sleep till morning light. It must be love. Seeing you in my dreams, holding you close to me, oh what else can it be? It must be love."

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"Hello Darlin" - Conway Twitty

Conway Twitty - 'Number Ones'
Conway Twitty - 'Number Ones'. MCA Nashville

I love the spoken parts of "Hello Darlin'." The song speaks of a man who meets his ex on the street. She has someone new, and he tells her he's still not over her, and he's sorry for doing her wrong, and if it ends up she's not happy with her new man, he'll be waiting, always loving her.

Romantic Lyric:
"What I'm tryin' to say is I love you and I miss you and I'm so sorry that I did you wrong."

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From the album Number Ones

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"You're the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me" - Ray Price

Ray Price - 'Essential Ray Price'
Ray Price - 'Essential Ray Price'. Legacy Recordings

Ray Price sings in "You're the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me" about how he really feels his better half is the best part of his life. Even though things haven't been perfect, she's been with him through the good and the bad.

Romantic Lyric:
"If anyone should ever write my life story, for whatever reason there might be. You'll be there between each line of pain and glory. 'Cause you're the best thing that ever happened to me."

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From the album The Essential Ray Price

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"Amazing Love" - Charley Pride

Charley Pride - Essential Charley Pride
Charley Pride - Essential Charley Pride. Legacy Recordings

I love the sentiment "Amazing Love." Charley Pride sings about a really special relationship between a man and his wife. He kisses her goodbye as he goes to work, and leaves a rose on his pillow, and truly cherishes her.

Romantic Lyric:
"And when she finds the rose on my pillow, I know she'll smile. Her amazing love unending is so much more than I am worthy of. If the rose could speak my feelings, she'd know I cherished her amazing love."

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From the album Essential Charley Pride