I need a country music expert to help me!?

So long story short, I'm writing a book and one of my main characters is a big country music fan, so I'm trying to give myself a crash cousre in good country music. (I may be referencing multiple real country songs in the book.) I am already aware of the amazing awesomeness of Johnny Cash, so you need not tell me about him, but here's what I'm looking for: Can anybody give me what you think are the five best songs by the following artists:

Tim McGraw

Brad Paisley

Garth Brooks

Toby Keith

Kenny Chesney

Willie Nelson

Dwight Yoakam

(P.S. I am only looking for songs by male country artists, so no Leann Rhymes or Taylor Swift etc.)

Thank you so much!


Thank you all so much! All 7 of you who gave me serious, good answers! This all was of great help to me, I think I have what I need for my book, and I have a few new songs to add to my Ipod I think. ;)

10 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Urf a crash course in country music, not an easy go of it there. There are some legends besides Johnny and Willie that will help get somewhat of a grounding in country music. First I'm separating. That is Chet Atkins, he is considered a master, or legendary guitarist. I know at least two of those names you listed played with Chet Atkins. He was a star in his own right, and an under rated singer, but best known for his guitar playing.

    But first I list some songs from the ones you listed before going any further.

    Garth Brooks "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" - "Friends in Low Places" - "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House" - "Papa Loved Mama" - "American Honky-Tonk Bar Association"

    Kenny Chesney "She's Got It All" - "All I Need to Know" - "You Had Me from Hello" - "Don't Happen Twice" - "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems"

    Toby Keith "Should've Been a Cowboy" - "How Do You Like Me Now?!" - "A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action" - "We Were in Love"

    Willie Nelson "Touch Me" - "Remember Me" - "All of Me" - "Uncloudy Day" - "Midnight Rider"

    Brad Paisley "He Didn't Have to Be" - "We Danced" - "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)" - "I Wish You'd Stay" - "Little Moments"

    Dwight Yokam "Honky Tonk Man" - "Guitars, Cadillacs" - "Little Sister" - "I Sang Dixie" - "A Thousand Miles from Nowhere"

    Now seven more names with three songs from each one. I could have listed many others but these are seven worth knowing a few songs from, and give you maybe some more of the older legends, as a part of the crash course you're doing.

    Bill Anderson “Wild Weekend” - "Give It Away" - "I Love You Drops'

    Merle Haggard “Okie From Muskgoee” - Ramblin Fever" - "Mama Tried"

    Waylon Jennings “Luckenback Texas” - "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line" - "Brown Eyed Handsome Man"

    George Jones “Who’s Going To Fill Their Shoes” - "White Lightning" - "Treasure of Love"

    Marty Robbins “El Paso” - "I Couldn't Keep from Crying" - "I'll Go on Alone"

    Conway Twitty "It's Only Make Believe" - Darling You Know I Wouldn't Lie" - "That's When She Started to Stop Loving You"

    Hank Williams “Hey Good Lookin” - “Lovesick Blues” - Your Cheatin Heart"

    Now just a bit more on Chet Atkins. The people he played with would be a who's who of not just country music but from all over the music world. He played with not only Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson but many other past legends greats and stars of country music. He also played with former Beatles, George Harrison to who he was a hero. He earned the nickname Mr. Guitar, for his skill as a guitar player. You could have your one character trying to bid on a guitar owned, and played by Chet for a bit of fill if it's needed. But was out bid by either the Country Music Hall of Fame, or the Guitarist's Hall of Fame. Here couple of the few songs he did sing to add into the mix. You should be able to find them on Youtube.

    "I Still Can't Say Goodbye" - "Strawberry Man" - "Frog Kissin'" - "This String"

  • 9 years ago

    Willie Nelson- Mama,Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys, Always on my Mind, On the Road Again, Georgia on my Mind, Angel Flying too Close to the Ground

    Dwight Yoakam- Guitars Cadillacs, A Thousand Miles From Nowhere, Nothing, Fast As You, Suspicious Minds.

    Kenny Chesney-Don't Blink, You Had Me From Hello, Never Wanted Nothing More, You Save Me, There Goes My Life

    Toby Keith - How Do You Like Me Now?, I Wanna Talk About Me, Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue, Stays in Mexico, God Love Her

    Garth Brooks - Standing Outside the Fire, The Dance, Friends In Low Places, Unanswered Prayers, If Tomorrow Never Comes

    Brad Paisley-Then, All Because Two People Fell in Love, She's Everything, He Didn't Have to Be, They Danced

    Tim McGraw-Live Like You're Dying, Don't Take the Girl, It's Your Love(with Faith Hill), I Like It I Love It, When the Stars Go Blue

    Hope this helps!!

  • 9 years ago

    Tim McGraw: Live Like You Were Dying

    Garth Brooks: If Tomorrow Never Comes

    Toby Keith: You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like That

    Brad Paisley: We Danced

    Kenny Chesney: Somewhere With You

    Willie Nelson: You Were Always On My Mind

    Dwight Yoakam: ????????? Never a favorite, sorry

    Good Luck with your Book!!!!

  • 9 years ago

    Tim McGraw:

    Grown Men Dont Cry

    My Little Girl

    The Cowboy In Me

    Live Like You Were Dying

    Where The Green Grass Grows

    Brad Paisley:

    We Danced

    Waiting On A Woman

    Whiskey Lullaby

    Shes Everything

    Who Needs Pictures

    Garth Brooks:

    The Dance

    The River

    If Tomorrow Never Comes

    Red Strokes

    That Old Wind

    Toby Keith:

    Red Solo Cup

    My List

    You Shouldnt Kiss Me Like This

    Whos That Man

    Dream Walking

    Kenny Chesney(i could name all his songs on this as my favs):

    Be As You Are

    On The Cost Of Somewhere Beautiful

    Dont Blink

    I Lost It

    Thats Why Im Here

    Wille Nelson:

    Always On My Mind

    Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

    City Of New Orleans

    On The Road Again

    Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay

    Dwight Yoakam:

    Crazy Little Thing Called Love

    Things Change

    Thousand Miles From Nowhere

    Guitars, Cadillacs

    Baby Dont Go

    Source(s): southern boy and my brain is 90% country music
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  • livlo9
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    Well, this is really about personal taste, but here's my opinion:

    Tim McGraw - "Suspicions," "Back When," "Angry All The Time," "I've Got Friends That Do," "The Cowboy In Me"

    Brad Paisley - "Who Needs Pictures," "Whiskey Lullaby," "Ticks," "Love Her Like She's Leavin'," "With You, Without You"

    Garth Brooks - "When There's No One Around," "More Than A Memory," "Much Too Young (To Feel This D*mn Old)," "Do What You Gotta Do," "I've Got Friends In Low Places"

    Toby Keith - "Love Me If You Can," "Lost You Anyway," "Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This," "Should've Been A Cowboy," "Who's That Man"

    Kenny Chesney - "Livin' In Fast-Forward," "Baptism," "A Woman Knows," "I Can't Go There," "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy"

    Willie Nelson - "Whiskey River," "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground," "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain," "Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning," "Heartaches of a Fool"

    Dwight Yoakam - "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere," "Turn It On Turn It Up Turn Me Loose," "It Only Hurts When I Cry"

  • 9 years ago

    Tim McGraw: Live Like You Were Dying or Something Like That

    Brad Paisley: Whiskey Lullaby or Water

    Garth Brooks: The Dance or Friends in Low Places

    Toby Keith: Courtesy of the Red White and Blue or I Wanna Talk About Me or How Do You Like me Now

    Kenny Chesney: She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy or The Good Stuff or How Forever Feels

    Willie Nelson: Always on My mind

    Dwight Yoakam: This Time

    More I THink worth noting:

    George Strait (known as the KING of Country Music): Check Yes or No or Write This Down

    Keith Urban: Somebody Like You or You Look Good in my Shirt

    Source(s): I absolutely LOVE country music. I have been listening to country before I was born. Grew up listening to Faith Hill, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson.! LOVE.
  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Tim McGraw- Felt Good On my Lips, Live Like You Were Dying, Back When

    Toby Keith- Made In America, Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue, How do you like me now, I Love This Bar, Red Solo Cup, Beers Ago, etc.

    Kenny Chesney- You and Tequila, The Boys of Fall, Summertime, I'm Alive

    Brad Paisley- Working on a Tan, Alabama, American Saturday Night, Water, etc.

  • 4 years ago

    Also these movies might help

    Walk the line about Johnny Cash

    I saw the light about Hank Williams

    Coal miners daughter about Loretta Lynn & pure country about George strait

    It might help with your crash course in country

  • 6 years ago

    Did Ernest Tubb & Loretta Lynn ever record the old song Roll On Muddy River? I see it by several other country music stars, but thought they also did this song

  • 4 years ago

    Playing guitar has enriched my life, and I want to help you get that same feeling by going through these guitar lessons https://tr.im/5VH4k

    By the end of some lessons, you’ll be able to strum and know enough chords to play a few of your favorite songs, which will be a lot of motivation for you.

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