Throughout the genre’s history, country music has had more than its share of sweet, romantic moments. Whether it’s finding your soul mate, realizing the one you love has been there all along, or heartbreakingly unrequited love, country music is full of tunes reminding us that love is real.
You could even say that love songs have seemingly helped define the careers of many of the format’s biggest stars. The appeal of Johnny Cash’s fiery 1963 hit “Ring of Fire” spans generations. George Strait’s cute musical encounter “The Chair” is one of the king of country’s biggest hits. Rewriting of Shakespeare by Taylor Swift Romeo and Juliet in “Love Story” has become a modern classic. And Dan + Shay’s Grammy-winning “Speechless” has been an enduring marriage since its release in 2018.
Although colorful lyrics and a distinctive form of storytelling are central to the genre, country music is also filled with real-life love stories. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are perhaps country music’s star couple, celebrating more than 20 years of marriage. But Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s longtime friendship blossomed into romance and made the couple fierce finalists.
To celebrate the genre’s past and present, we’ve gone back to the history books and picked out 50 of the best love songs country music has to offer. This is by no means a definitive list. Chances are a song that holds a special place in your love story didn’t make it on this list. However, these are times worth revisiting when trying to set the mood for a romantic moment.