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Top 20 Country Music Love Songs of the 1980s


Country music in the 1980s was the era of Urban Cowboy - the movie that started the craze, and really brought country music to the forefront. Stars like Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, Eddie Rabbit, George Jones, Alabama, Dolly Parton and others were heard on the radio. I've combed through several resources of songs that were Number One hits in the 1980s, and picked 20 of my favorites.

20. "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)" - Juice Newton

Juice Newton - Anthology
Capitol Records

In "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)" Juice Newton sings of a couple that have been together for a long while, but they're just in love as they were long ago. The woman claims that loving her man is the sweetest thing she's ever known.

Romantic Lyric:
"I remember all the laughter and the tears we shared last night. And as we lie here, just two shadows in the light before the dawn, the sweetest thing I've ever known is loving you."

From the Album Anthology

19. "Timber, I'm Falling In Love" - Patty Loveless

Definitive Collection - Patty Loveless
MCA Nashville

Patty Loveless sings of being swept off her feet in "Timber, I'm Falling in Love."

Romantic Lyric:
"You're so pretty, look so sweet. Your love's sweepin' me off of my feet. You're the only one I'm dreamin' of. I can't believe that I'm falling in love."

From the Album The Definitive Collection

18. "I Fell In Love Again Last Night" - Forester Sisters

The Forester Sisters - 'Greatest Hits'
Warner Brothers

In "I Fell In Love Again Last Night," the Forester Sisters sing about a couple that keeps rediscovering their love. The lady says that everything her guy does just makes her keep falling in love all over again.

Romantic Lyric:
"When you kissed me the way you've always done, like the first time you were with me, and my heart just came undone. Lying here this morning, boy, I know you're still the one."


17. "You Look So Good In Love" - George Strait

George Strait - 'Strait Out of the Box'
MCA Nashville

In "You Look So Good In Love," George Strait sings the song of a man who sees his ex with her new guy, and he realizes that the new guy must be doing something right, because his ex never looked more beautiful. She looks at her new guy with love in her eyes, and he wishes she would still look at him that way.

Romantic Lyric:
"Oh how you sparkle, and oh how you shine. That flush on your cheeks is more than the wine. And he must do something that I didn't do. Whatever he's doing, it looks good on you."

From the Album Strait Out of The Box

16. "You And I" - Eddie Rabbitt & Crystal Gayle

Eddie Rabbitt - 'Greatest Hits'

Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle sing this beautiful song about a couple that is building their dreams together. They believe that their reward is to have each other. Lovely song.

Romantic Lyric:
"Just you and I, sharing our love together. And I know in time, we'll build the dreams we treasure."


15. "The Closer You Get" - Alabama

Alabama - 'Essential Alabama'
RCA Nashville
In "The Closer You Get," Alabama sings about a couple, where the man tells his lady that he's falling hard for her, the closer she gets to him.

Romantic Lyric:
"Could I be dreamin'? Is this really real? 'Cause there's something magic the way that I feel in your arms tonight."


14. "I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried" - Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell - 'Diamonds and Dirt'
Sony BMG
Rodney Crowell sings in "I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried" about a man that tells his lady that no matter what he may say or do, he could never leave her. She can trust that he'll always be there.

Romantic Lyric:
"Years may come and friends may go but that's OK. Darlin' you're the only one I need to stay. I know I said I never would be satisified. Baby I lied I couldn't leave you if I tried."

From the Album Diamonds & Dirt

13. "Close Enough to Perfect" - Alabama

Alabama - Livin', Lovin', Rockin', Rollin': The 25th Anniversary Collection
In "Close Enough to Perfect" Alabama sings about a man that realizes that his lady isn't perfect, but she's close enough to perfect for him.

Romantic Lyric:
"Well sometimes she gets down and starts to cry. But then again a lady has a right. She's everything I ever wanted, she's all I'll ever need. She's close enough to perfect for me."

From the Album Livin', Lovin', Rockin', Rollin': The 25th Anniversary Collection

12. "I Always Get Lucky With You" - George Jones

George Jones - '16 Biggest Hits'

George Jones sings in this song about having ups and downs, but when he's with his lady, he always feels lucky, in "I Always Get Lucky With You."

Romantic Lyric:
"I've had good days, and bad days, but when the day is through, I always get lucky with you."


11. "Always on My Mind" - Willie Nelson

Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson
Legacy Recordings

In "Always on My Mind," Willie Nelson tells the story of a man who realizes that he's treated his lady like she was second best, and he apologizes, saying that she was always on his mind.

Romantic Lyric:
"If I made you feel second best, girl I'm sorry I was blind. You were always on my mind."

From the Album Always on My Mind
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