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The Best Country Songs About Guitars

From Jerry Reed to Taylor Swift, country singers just love to get meta and sing loving odes to the very guitar they're playing the song on.

Holler Country Music

From Jerry Reed to Taylor Swift, country singers just love to get meta and sing loving odes to the very guitar they're playing the song on.

November 27, 2023 11:14 pm GMT

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“Do you guys mind if I play one by myself?”

It’s the inevitable question asked by every arena-filling country singer, when the band leaves the stage and the artist steps up to perform an acoustic number with nothing but a spotlight and a six-string.

Far from just a lyricist’s sidepiece, it’s in this way that the guitar is one of country music’s great equalisers. Whether you’re selling out stadiums or playing the 11am opening slot at a dive bar off Broadway, if you can’t walk into a room with just a guitar on your back and fill it with music then Music City ain’t for you (Tanya Tucker is the exemption to this rule because, well, she’s Tanya Tucker).

After all, three chords and the truth without the chords is just stone-cold reality, and that’s not what we turn to music for.

Whether it’s steel, electric or slide; whether you’re a fully-fledged Jerry Reed style Guitar Man or your callouses aren’t worth the fingertips they sit atop, here’s our lowdown of the greatest country songs about guitars.

See the full tracklist below:

  1. 1.

    Guitar Man

    Jerry Reed

  2. 2.

    Guitar Man

    Kip Moore

  3. 3.

    Teardrops On My Guitar

    Taylor Swift

  4. 4.

    Guitar Town

    Steve Earle

  5. 5.

    Guitars, Cadillacs

    Dwight Yoakam

  6. 6.

    This Old Guitar

    John Denver

  7. 7.

    Tennessee Flat-Top Box

    Johnny Cash

  8. 8.

    God Plays A Gibson

    Megan Moroney

  9. 9.

    The Guitar

    Guy Clark

  10. 10.

    Briefcase (feat. Lori McKenna)

    Walker Hayes

  11. 11.

    Waylon's Guitar

    Hank Williams Jr.

  12. 12.

    Play, Guitar, Play

    Conway Twitty

  13. 13.

    Yakety Axe

    Chet Atkins

  14. 14.

    You, Me and My Guitar

    Darius Rucker

  15. 15.

    Tonight I Just Need My Guitar

    Jimmy Buffett

  16. 16.

    I'm Just Gonna Sit on the Porch and Pick on My Old Guitar

    JohnnY Cash

  17. 17.

    Guitars and Tiki Bars

    Kenny Chesney

  18. 18.

    Guitars and Gasoline

    Brett Kissel

  19. 19.

    Guitars, Whiskey, Guns and Knives

    The Steeldrivers

  20. 20.

    Rhythm Guitar

    Emmylou Harris

  21. 21.

    Six String Music

    Jimmy Buffett

  22. 22.

    Six Strings and Jesus

    Brandon David

  23. 23.

    Steel Guitar Rag

    Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

  24. 24.

    Crying Steel Guitar

    Tammy Wynette

  25. 25.

    Hard To Play The Steel Guitar (For Super Frank)

    Corb Lund

  26. 26.

    No, Pedal Steel

    Muscadine Bloodline

  27. 27.

    Amigo's Guitar

    Kitty Wells

  28. 28.

    I Can Play Guitar

    Brett Kissel and Hunter Hayes

  29. 29.

    Guitar Country

    Chet Atkins

  30. 30.

    Gibson Girl

    Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed

  31. 31.

    Bar, Guitar and a Honky Tonk Crowd

    Whiskey Myers

  32. 32.

    Second Fiddle (To An Old Guitar)

    Jean Shepherd

  33. 33.

    I'm Your Guitar

    Jerry Reed

  34. 34.

    Real Live Bleeding Fingers and Broken Guitar Strings

    Lucinda Williams

  35. 35.

    A Guitar, A Singer and A Song (feat. Vince Gill)

    Wade Bowen

  36. 36.

    Girls With Guitars

    Wynonna

  37. 37.

    Round Hole Guitar

    Buck Owens' Buckaroos

  38. 38.

    Close But No Guitar

    Toby Keith

  39. 39.

    That Old Beat-Up Guitar

    Jerry Jeff Walker

  40. 40.

    Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar

    Doc Watson and Merle Watson

  41. 41.

    Fiddle and Guitar Band

    George Jones and Charlie Daniels

  42. 42.

    Katie Brought My Guitar Back Today

    Alabama

  43. 43.

    Pink Guitar

    Reba McEntire

  44. 44.

    Damn Guitar

    Granger Smith

  45. 45.

    Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)

    Merle Haggard & The Strangers

  46. 46.

    Best Guitar Picker

    George Jones

  47. 47.

    Guitar Slinger

    Vince Gill

  48. 48.

    Long-Legged Guitar Pickin' Man

    Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash

  49. 49.

    ghost in my guitar (feat. Chris Stapleton)

    Alana Springsteen

  50. 50.

    Crying Steel Guitar Waltz

    Kitty Wells

  51. 51.

    Steel Guitar Blues

    Roy Acuff

  52. 52.

    'Cause I Play Guitar

    Big & Rich

  53. 53.

    Gotta Lotta Tunes In My Guitar

    Jimmie Rodgers

  54. 54.

    Little Wood Guitar

    Sugarland

  55. 55.

    Let The Guitar Do The Talkin'

    John Anderson

  56. 56.

    Dobro

    Chet Atkins

  57. 57.

    Guitar Picker

    Whiskey Myers

  58. 58.

    The Ol' Guitar Picker

    The Wilder Blue

  59. 59.

    Dolly Parton's Guitar

    Lee Hazlewood

  60. 60.

    Guitars That Won't Stay In Tune

    Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson

  61. 61.

    Open Road (Hot Rod Guitar)

    Reba McEntire

  62. 62.

    Twin Guitar Special

    Asleep At The Wheel, Billy Briggs, Brent Mason and Tommy Emmanuel

  63. 63.

    This Guitar Is For Sale

    Bobby Bare

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