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Top 20 Country Music Love Songs of the 1970s

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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.

20. "Funny Face" - Donna Fargo

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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19. "Woman (Sensuous Woman)" - Don Gibson

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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18. "The Most Beautiful Girl" - 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

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

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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16. "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" - Conway Twitty & 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

15. "Blanket on the Ground" - Billie Jo Spears

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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14. "You Decorated My Life" - Kenny Rogers

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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13. "My Love" - Sonny James

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

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

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

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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