The Best Country Love Songs

By Jof Owen

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Oh, sweet love. So bold, so thrilling, so casually cruel. No one can sing about heartbreak quite like a country singer, and no one gets to the bottom of a breakup quite like they do down on Music Row.

But it’s not all weeping and wallowing round these parts - sometimes country singers like to get all warm and fuzzy too, and there’s nothing quite as romantic as a country singer in love. Just so long as it lasts, that is.

As much as we love a good breakup song here at Holler, there’s something quite magical about a great country love song. So cuddle up and get nice and cosy, country lovers, as Holler picks out 10 of country’s soppiest moments.

Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour - Album Cover

UMG Recordings | 2018

Kacey Musgraves - Butterflies

There’s something about that feeling of butterflies fluttering in your tummy that makes your heart want to sing. When Kacey fell hard for Ruston Kelly, she wrote a Grammy award-winning album about their romance, with the dreamy ‘Butterflies’ - penned with Luke Laird and Natalie Hemby - at its soft, pop-country centre.

Tim McGraw - Let It Go Album Cover

Curb | 2007

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill – I Need You

A highly charged power ballad in which country music’s most sexually potent power couple sing about all the different ways they need each other (and making love until the sun comes up and then back down again). So, basically making love for 24 hours a day.

If you’ve ever been in the audience at a concert when Tim McGraw and Faith Hill sit between each other’s legs and gaze into each other’s eyes as they sing ‘I Need You’, then you’ll have witnessed the unchallengeable power of true love.

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Valory Music Group | 2015

Thomas Rhett – Die A Happy Man

Thomas Rhett pulled a sharp career u-turn when he went from singing about a girl “shakin’ that money maker” in ‘Get Me Some of That’, to holding hands and slow dancing around the fireplace in ‘Die a Happy Man’.

He inadvertently began pioneering the beige and sugary "Boyfriend Country" sub-genre with vomit-inducing sappiness, with lyrics like “you’re a saint, you’re a goddess, the cutest, the hottest, the masterpiece” at the forefront.

Urgh, is there anything worse than being around a couple when they’re in love?

Chris Stapleton - From A Room Volume 2

Mercury Nashville | 2017

Chris Stapleton – Millionaire

In country music, it’s often said that a couple that sings together stays together, and if you’ve ever seen Chris Stapleton and his wife Morgane locking eyes whilst performing onstage, then you’ll know that theirs is a relationship destined to last.

Morgane sings on the chorus of this cover of the Solomon Burke song about valuing the closeness of a relationship over material wealth. Her cosy harmonies weave around her husband’s with the sort of closeness that can only come from a couple deeply in love.

Album - George Strait - Pure Country

MCA | 1992

George Strait – I Cross My Heart

George Strait is one of country music’s most incurable romantics, and his 40-year career has seen him wrapping his smooth baritone around a seemingly endless supply of soul-stirring heart warmers.

Taken from the Pure Country soundtrack, this heartfelt ballad is George at his absolute romantic best, delivering lines like “You will always be the miracle that makes my life complete, and as long as there's a breath in me I'll make yours just as sweet” with a profoundly endearing charm.

Album - Brandy Clark - 12 Stories

Slate Creek Records | 2013

Brandy Clark – Hold My Hand

Love isn’t always easy, and jealousy and insecurity are little devils that cosy up all too often on its shoulder.

In this sweetly understated ballad from Brandy Clark’s 12 Stories album, she describes being at a party with her boyfriend when they bump into an old flame of his. From there, Brandy looks for a little reassurance as she picks up on some unresolved sexual tension between the two ex-lovers.

Album - Don Williams - You're My Best Friend

ABC Dot | 1975

Don Williams – You’re My Best Friend

With hit songs like ‘I Believe In You’ and ‘It Must Be Love’, the Gentle Giant of country became known for his laid-back love songs and simple, straightforward outlook on life.

This clippety-cloppety country ditty from 1975 became one of his most treasured; a sweetly romantic tribute to long-lasting love and friendship that never sounds cloying or sickly.

Brad Paisley - Time Well Wasted - Album Cover

Sony Music Entertainment | 2005

Brad Paisley – She’s Everything

Over the years, Brad Paisley has sung some of country music’s most candid and affecting songs about love. They’re frank, honest and full of the little details that other artists writing about romance would often shy away from, in favour of sweeping gestures and grand overstatements.

Written by Paisley and Wil Nance, ‘She’s Everything’ is a love song about finding romance in the simple everydayness of just being in love with someone, whether that’s in a pair of their running shoes, a candlelit bubble bath or the way they steal all the duvet.

Album - Randy Travis - Always & Forever

Warner Bros | 1987

Randy Travis – Forever And Ever, Amen

Written by Nashville songwriting luminaries Paul Overstreet and Don Schiltz, this simple love song was inspired by the prayers that Schiltz overheard his son saying at night. It topped the Country Singles Chart when it was released as a single in 1987, before winning the Grammy for Best Country Song and Song of the Year at the CMA awards and the ACM awards.

Album - Keith Whitley - Don't Close Your Eyes

RCA | 1988

Keith Whitley - When You Say Nothing At All

Paul Overstreet and Don Schiltz must be two of the most romantic songwriters ever in country music! Not only did they write ‘Forever And Ever, Amen’ for Randy Travis, they also wrote this timeless country power ballad for Keith Whitley.

It later went on to be a hit for Alison Krauss in the US and Irish pop singer Ronan Keating in the UK after it was used in the movie Notting Hill.

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