The Best Instrumental Country Songs

Country music might be best known for it's storytelling but it doesn't always needs words to tell its tales of heartache, hard work, and personal pride.

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Country music might be best known for it's storytelling but it doesn't always needs words to tell its tales of heartache, hard work, and personal pride.

November 23, 2023 4:38 pm GMT

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Country music is best known for it's storytelling but it doesn't always need words to tell its tales of heartache, hard work, and personal pride. Sometimes just a guitar and a fiddle will do.

In the 50's and 60's artists like Chet Atkins opened up a huge audience for country music that was completely instrumental, and in the last few years a whole new wave of contemporary instrumentalists steeped in country have been keeping that tradition alive.

From Buddy Emmons and Jerry Reed to Billy Strings and Brad Paisley, we've got the best of them in our playlist of the Best Country Instrumental Songs. Keith Whitley was right, sometimes you really do say it best when you say nothing at all.

See the full tracklist below:

  1. 1.


    Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed

  2. 2.

    Wild Mountain Thyme

    Buddy Emmons

  3. 3.

    Running The Route

    Billy Strings

  4. 4.

    Tennessee Waltz

    Floyd Cramer

  5. 5.

    Understand Your Man

    Chet Atkins

  6. 6.

    Tennessee Stud

    Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed

  7. 7.

    Foggy Mountain Breakdown

    Flatt & Scruggs

  8. 8.


    Jerry Reed

  9. 9.

    Dueling Banjos

    Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell

  10. 10.

    Orange Blossom Special

    Charlie McCoy

  11. 11.

    One O'Clock Jump

    Asleep At The Wheel

  12. 12.

    Wheel Hoss

    Ricky Skaggs

  13. 13.

    Little Liza Jane

    Alison Krauss & Union Station

  14. 14.

    Lil' Jack Slade

    The Chicks

  15. 15.

    Earl's Breakdown

    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

  16. 16.

    Hot Wired

    Brent Mason

  17. 17.


    Brad Paisley

  18. 18.

    Wildwood Flower

    Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs

  19. 19.

    Black Mountain Rag

    Doc Watson

  20. 20.

    I'll See You In My Dreams

    Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler

  21. 21.

    The Happy-Go-Lucky-Guitar

    Don Rich and the Buckaroos

  22. 22.

    Honky Tonk Angels

    Shot Jackson and Buddy Emmons

  23. 23.

    I Can't Stop Loving You

    Chet Atkins and Hank Snow

  24. 24.

    The Streets of Laredo

    Chet Atkins

  25. 25.

    Sweet Dreams

    Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler

  26. 26.

    Mama Tried

    The Buckaroos

  27. 27.

    The Happiest Times I Ever Ignored

    Hayden Pedigo

  28. 28.


    North Americans

  29. 29.

    The Crack Where The Light Gets In

    Marisa Anderson

  30. 30.

    Lost Futures

    Marisa Anderson and William Tyler

  31. 31.

    I'm Gonna Live Forever (If It Kills Me)

    William Tyler

  32. 32.

    Bertie Mae's Chilly Winds

    Nora Brown

  33. 33.

    Desert Rose

    Daniel Lanois

  34. 34.

    Georgia Buck

    Jake Xerxes Fussell

  35. 35.

    Battle Hymn of the Republic

    Chet Atkins

  36. 36.

    City of New Orleans

    Chet Atkins

  37. 37.

    Cannonball Rag

    Merle Travis

  38. 38.


    The Buckaroos

  39. 39.


    Jerry Reed

  40. 40.

    Guitar Rag

    Joe Maphis and Merle Travis

  41. 41.

    Wild and Wooly West

    Speedy West

  42. 42.

    Last Date

    Floyd Cramer

  43. 43.

    Long Haul - Instrumental

    Ian Munswick

  44. 44.

    Cluster Pluck

    Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, Albert Lee, John Jorgenson, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert and Steve Wariner

  45. 45.

    Polk Salad Annie

    James Burton

  46. 46.

    Banks of the Ohio

    Clarence White

  47. 47.


    Marty Stuart

  48. 48.

    Guitar Peace

    Billy Strings

  49. 49.

    Rivers That You Cannot See

    North Americans

  50. 50.

    La Paloma

    Amanda Shires and Bobbie Nelson

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