Greatest country songs of all time

What are the greatest country songs of all time? This is our list of 20 greatest country songs of all time:

1. Your Cheatin’ Heart – Hank Williams
2. He Stopped Loving Her Today – George Jones
3. Blue Moon of Kentucky – Bill Monroe
4. Can The Circle Be Unbroken – The Carter Family
5. Stand By Your Man – Tammy Wynette
6. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Hank Williams
7. Crazy – Patsy Cline
8. Forever & Ever, Amen – Randy Travis
9. Make The World Go Away – Eddy Arnold
10. I Walk The Line – Johnny Cash
11. I Will Always Love You – Dolly Parton
12. Wabash Cannonball – Roy Acuff
13. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain – Willie Nelson
14. The Dance – Garth Brooks
15. I Fall To Pieces – Patsy Cline
16. Coal Miner’s Daughter – Loretta Lynn
17. Blue Yodel #1 (T For Texas) – Jimmie Rodgers
18. I’m Moving On – Hank Snow
19. Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
20. New San Antonio Rose – Bob Wills

Greatest country singers of all time

What are the greatest country singers of all time? This is our list of 20 greatest country singers of all time:

1. Johnny Cash
2. Hank Williams
3. Merle Haggard
4. Patsy Cline
5. Jimmie Rodgers
6. Bill Monroe
7. Carter Family
8. Willie Nelson
9. Waylon Jennings
10. George Jones
11. Conway Twitty
12. Bob Wills
13. Tammy Wynette
14. Loretta Lynn
15. Kitty Wells
16. Buck Owens
17. Dolly Parton
18. Lefty Frizzell
19. Ray Price
20. Eddy Arnold

Country music history timeline

The origins of country music can be found in recordings Southern Appalachian fiddle players made in the late 1910s. It wasn’t until the early ‘20s, that country music as music genre. The first commercial country record was made by Eck Robertson in 1922 on the Victor Records label. Vernon Dalhart had the first national country hit in 1924 with “Wreck of the Old ’97.”

The true moment when country music was born was in 1927, the year when Victor Records signed Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family. Jimmie Rodgers, also known as the “Father of Country Music,” was great national success. He is credited with the first million-selling single, “Blue Yodel #1,” and his catalog of songs, all recorded between 1927 and 1933, established him as the first t voice in country music. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961.

The cowboy films of the 1930s and ‘40s contributed greatly to the evolution of country music. Stars like Roy Rogers (the “King of the Cowboys”) and Gene Autry transformed their musical careers into very successful acting careers. Much of the great music from this era was actually written specifically for the movies. As these films flourished at the box office, their soundtracks were great success, and the buying public ate them up. Great cowboy stars of the era also included Rogers’ wife, Dale Evans, the Sons of the Pioneers and Spade Cooley.

The 1979 John Travolta movie, Urban Cowboy, popularized a movement in country that focused heavily on easy-listening crossover success. History has proven that much of the music from this era, referred to by some as country’s disco era, was quite disposable. However, a number of notable artists did emerge during this dark period to forge wonderful careers, including Alabama George Strait, Reba McEntire and Steve Wariner.
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How to define country music?

Country music is American popular music that started in the rural regions of the Southern United States in the 1920s. It has developed from southeastern American folk music, Western cowboy. We can define country music like ballads and dance tunes with simple forms and harmonies. The most popular instruments in country music are banjoes, electric and acoustic guitars, fiddles, and harmonicas. It has many subgenres and many characteristics. Even today country music is very popular in most parts of United States and all around the world.

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There are many differnet types of country music genres. Here are some types of country music genres :

 Early country
Early country music was brought down from the Appalachian mountains, heavily influenced by the Celtic roots of the people in those “hollers.” With simple arrangements and beautiful harmonies, it has also been called Mountain Music.

 Bluegrass
Bill Monroe’s distinct banjo-playing style lent itself to a new label, taken from the name of his band, the Bluegrass Boys. Bluegrass is a music of sharing, where every musician gets a chance to shine. Its melodies start on the mandolin, move to the dobro, then to the banjo, fiddle, and so on.

 Traditional Country
Traditional country drew its tone from old-time mountain music, updating it for modern audiences.

 Cowboy & Western
By the mid-1930s, artists started wearing fancy outfits with fringe, boots, and cowboy hats. Cowboy music is distinguished by rich harmonies, storytelling, as well as swing and waltz rhythms.

 Western Swing
When you think of Western swing, you think of Bob Wills. He combined elements of country, jazz, pop and blues music. He wanted to give people something to dance to, and Western swing combines the rowdy dancehall music of the World War II-era with the sounds of cowboy music. It makes for a bouncy, joyous sound that demands getting on your feet.

 Honky Tonk
Honky-tonk music is a robust mix of plain cowboy music with the bouncing dance steps that were filling dance halls all over the country. For those who didn’t “swing with Bob” or “sway with Cole,” this foot-stomping music was just the thing. It was favored heavily by hard-working, hard-drinking plain folks, and was a powerful part of the Bakersfield and Texas country sounds.

 Rockabilly
There was a distinct line between white music and black music in the mid-1950s when Elvis Presley walked into Sun Studios and was famously discovered. But blending hillbilly country and blues wasn’t a sound that Elvis had invented; he just made it mainstream. The actual rockabilly sound didn’t last very long, rapidly turning into other styles. Today it’s considered a retro sound, but it left a deep impact on American music.

 Nashville Sound
From the 1940s and into the ’50s, many country artists made the crossover to big-band halls, blending their country sound with the ballroom orchestra tunes made popular by Glen Miller and other band leaders. The Nashville sound typically took honky-tonk and hillbilly singers and backed them with lush strings and horns to appeal to a wider audience.

 Country Rock
In the 1970s, rock came back to its roots — turning rock into a sound more country than country itself since the incursion of the Nashville Sound. As early as the mid-60′s there were rock groups dabbling in country music, including The Beatles and The Byrds. By the 1970s it gave way to Southern Rock groups like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Alabama.

 Bakersfield Sound
The Bakersfield sound really isn’t very different from the honky-tonk sound, although it tends to rock a little more. Buck Owens brought it to a wide audience through the medium of television, and its effects can be seen on country music from Bakersfield to Austin.

 Outlaw Country
Outlaw music came about as a direct result of the encroaching Nashville Sound. Artists who wanted to have their own arrangements and their own musicians balked at the heavy handed producers and orchestral backing that Nashville proscribed. So they fought it at every level until Willie Nelson released his critically acclaimed Red-Headed Stranger.

 New Traditionalist
The Outlaw movement carried country music into the 1970s, then faded before the same commercial pressures that made the Nashville Sound king. Country music mellowed into pop before traditional sounds made a strong comeback in the ’80s with chart-topping newcomers like The Judds and George Strait.

 Texas Country
Texas is where the original Outlaws came from, and that’s where new outlaws are born. Still stubbornly sticking to the sound of country music the way they like it heard, these artists are proud and independent — combining Western swing with a modern sensibility that makes it thoroughly and uniquely Texan.

  Alternative Country
The alt-country movement blossomed out of 1970s country-rock. These acts want to retain their independence and play the music their own way. While many alt-country artists could easily be defined as another genre, their dogged determination to make music without limitations sets them apart.

 Contemporary Country
Contemporary CountryIn the 1990s, Garth Brooks broke into the mainstream with No Fences and took all of country music with him. Hitting the pop charts became just as important as pleasing hardcore country audiences. Eager to crossover, many new artists called themselves country while sporting a sound closer to ’70s pop.

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