10 Country Classics That Missed No. 1

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10 Country Classics That Missed No. 1

Published on February 01, 2013 by CMT News

Patsy Cline
Although they are considered classics now, many of country’s most beloved songs stopped shy of No. 1 on Billboard‘s
country chart. In no particular order, here are 10 memorable tracks that missed the top spot yet remain entrenched in country
music history.

“Crazy,” Patsy Cline
Cline’s magnificent
rendering of a ballad written by Willie Nelson stands as one of the
most beautiful country songs of all time. It made its way to No. 2 in 1957.

“God Bless the USA,” Lee
Greenwood

For nearly 30 years, Greenwood’s patriotic number has been sung in sporting events, social functions
and stages across America. “God Bless the USA” climbed to No. 7 in 1984.

“Go Rest High on That Mountain,” Vince
Gill

Gill has comforted countless souls with this heartfelt hymn. Patty
Loveless
and Ricky Skaggs provide gorgeous vocal harmonies. It
ascended to No. 14 in 1995.

“Love Can Build a Bridge,” the Judds
Mothers
and daughters sometimes struggle to understand each other, but the Judds reminded us that nobody’s heart is out of reach.
“Love Can Build a Bridge” topped out at No. 5 in 1991.

“Independence
Day,”
Martina McBride

With her commanding vocal presence
and a storyline that instantly seized your attention, McBride’s day of reckoning had finally arrived. “Independence Day” peaked
at No. 12 in 1994.

“Coat of Many Colors” Dolly Parton
Every
time I’ve heard a reporter ask Parton about the favorite song she’s ever written, she always cites this autobiographical tune.
The classic zipped to No. 4 in 1971.

“Blue,” LeAnn Rimes

Rimes was just a cute kid from Texas when she recorded this retro number intended for Patsy Cline. Boom! Instant stardom.
“Blue” landed at No. 10 in 1996.

“Amarillo by Morning,” George
Strait

Country fans everywhere responded to Strait’s fiddle-drenched story of a cowboy who’s running out of luck
on the rodeo circuit. “Amarillo by Morning” roped in the No. 4 spot in 1983.

“Delta Dawn,” Tanya
Tucker

A child star with a sexy rasp, Tucker made her first impression on country fans with this tale of a delusional
woman and her faded flower. “Delta Dawn” rose to No. 6 in 1972.

“Family Tradition,” Hank
Williams Jr.

Spend a night in Nashville’s honky-tonk bars, and you’ll get to sing along with this rowdy number
at least a dozen times. “Family Tradition” peaked at No. 4 in 1979.

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