Are you a country music fan? If so, you're in the right place. We've compiled a list of 35 of some of our favorite country song lyrics. Let's see if you can complete them all.
From the country greats like Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, George Jones, and Conway Twitty, to superstars like Garth Brooks, Brooks and Dunn, and Reba Mcentire, to today's country music stars such as Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Tim McGraw, country music has waxed and waned throughout the minds of popular music listeners throughout the decades. What was once an acquired taste only in the hearts of southerners, country music has gone more mainstream... some would say it has become downright pop, especially with the rise of young pop-country acts such as Faith Hill and Taylor Swift. So, love it or hate it, country music is a long-standing tradition and big business in the music industry.
We challenge you to put on your ten-gallon hat and your cowboy boots and scoot on over to this quiz to find out if you remember the lyrics to these classic and trendy country tunes. Of course, an A on this quiz won't get you anything but bragging rights, but that will count for something at the next country night at the corner bar, right?
Let's get started.
In 1990's "Friends in Low Places," Garth Brooks bemoans his poor luck, but he's happy that he has the beer to chase his blues away. This is one of Brooks' most famous No. 1 hits.
It was Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings who teamed up for "Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys." It went to No. 1 in 1978.
Kenny Rogers made an entire career out of one song -- "The Gambler." You know the words, sing along with us: "You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em. Know when to walk away, know when to run."
Tammy Wynette, the four-time divorcee, understood the following problem well: "Sometimes it's hard to be a woman, giving all your love to just one man." It's from her famous song "Stand By Your Man."
Hank Williams was a country music wild man who died at age 29. But he left behind epic songs like "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," which he wrote about a strained love relationship.
On "I Walk the Line," no one doubted Johnny Cash's devotion to his wife June. For her, he guarded his heart and "walked the line."
"I'm crazy for trying, and crazy for crying, and I'm crazy for loving you." Patsy Cline knew that she was "Crazy" for loving the wrong man. But's that’s OK because there were so many of them she could hardly keep count.
Trisha Yearwood put her rebellious side on display in "She's in Love with the Boy." In the song, a young girl will do anything to marry the kinda dumb man she's in love with.
"'Cause I can feel you breathe, it's washing over me, and suddenly I'm melting into you." In 1999, Faith Hill found a smash hit with "Breathe."
On "Strawberry Wine," Deena Carter waxes poetically about learning and, well, "learning." "He was working through college on my grandpa's farm, I was thirsting for knowledge and he had a car."
In 1994, Shania Twain unleashed the inescapable "You're Still the One." "You're still the one I love, the only one I dream of, you're still the one I kiss good night."
"All my exes live in Texas and Texas is the place I'd dearly love to be, but all my exes live in Texas, and that's why I hang my hat in Tennessee." This 1987 hit from George Strait summed up the reasons a Texas cowboy will never, ever be going home.
Little Texas had some huge power chords and these lines to share: "If you wanna see heaven, brother, here's your chance, I've been sent to spread the message: God blessed Texas."
"Like a rhinestone cowboy, getting cards and letters from people I don't even know." On "Rhinestone Cowboy," Glen Campbell sings about ambition, loneliness and fame.
Alan Jackson sang all about people going back to their rural roots in "Gone Country." "She's gone country, look at them boots, she's gone country, back to her roots, she's gone country, a new kind of suit, she's gone country, here she comes."
"Your cheatin' heart will make you weep, you'll cry and cry, and try to sleep." So sang Hank Williams Sr. on "Your Cheatin' Heart," a song that supposedly shows the power of the human conscience.
In "Wichita Lineman," Glen Campbell tells the story of a lonely worker in the middle of nowhere. "I am a lineman for the county and I drive the main road, Searchin' in the sun for another overload, I hear you singin' in the wire, I can hear you through the whine, and the Wichita Lineman is still on the line."
Merle Haggard was extremely familiar with law enforcement and was arrested for robbery. "I turned twenty-one in prison doing life without parole, no one could steer me right but Mama tried, Mama tried."
The duet that is "Jackson" featured Johnny and June Carter Cash. "We got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout, we've been talkin' 'bout Jackson, ever since the fire went out."
Hank Williams was more than a little familiar with the concept of struggle, and in the end, it killed him. "No matter how I struggle and strive, I'll never get out of this world alive."
The Soggy Bottom Boys made this one famous in the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" But plenty of other artists have covered this famous tune, which portrays a man who's "seen trouble all my day."
"Those black-eyed peas, they tasted all right to me, Earl." So sang the Dixie Chicks in "Goodbye, Earl," a song about an abused wife offing her awful husband.
"Girl I'm sorry I was blind, you were always on my mind." Elvis recorded "Always On My Mind," too, but it was the Willie Nelson version that won a Grammy Award in 1982.
Billy Ray Cyrus is now overshadowed by his daughter Miley. But once upon a time, he gained fame for singing, "And if you tell my heart, my achy breaky heart, he might blow up and kill this man."
"Love is like a dyin' ember, only memories remain, through the ages I'll remember, blue eyes cryin' in the rain." "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" is a 1975 hit by Willie Nelson. But it was originally recorded by a guy named Roy Acuff.
"Someday I hope you get the chance, to live like you were dying." In 2004's "Live Like You Were Dying," by Tim McGraw, a man gets a scary medical diagnosis and then throws caution to the wind.
In 1971, John Denver scored one of his biggest hits with "Take Me Home, Country Roads." The place he was singing about? West Virginia.
"The Devil went down to Georgia, he was looking for a soul to steal. He was in a bind, 'cause he was way behind, he was willing to make a deal." "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" is a 1979 song by the Charlie Daniels Band and has been covered by countless bands since its release.
"She needs wide open spaces, room to make her big mistakes. She needs new faces, she knows the high stakes." As evidenced on "Wide Open Spaces," the Dixie Chicks know all about big mistakes because, you know, they're not around anymore.
In 1963, Johnny Cash soared into super stardom thanks in part to "Ring of Fire." "I fell into a burning ring of fire, I went down, down, down, and the flames went higher."