Friday, November 13, 2015

Country Crossover Hits of the 70's/80's Spotify Playlist

My latest Spotify playlist is on Country crossover hits of the 70's and 80's.  There appeared to be lots more crossover songs from the 50's and 60's, so I'm sticking with the decades in which the Countrypolitan and Urban Cowboy sound took off.  And, besides, there seemed to be lots more crossover hits before 1970.

One problem was figuring out who was Country and who was Pop.  What I decided to do was stick with what the artist has become identified with.  So, my playlist does not include John Denver or Olivia Newton-John, even though they and others like them had many Country hits. You will find Anne Murray, who was having success on the Country charts early in her career, even more than on the Pop chart.  Anyway, I could be talked into some of the names I skipped.

The list doesn't include every song that went Top 40.  Some of the low charting ones I skipped.  But every major hit is here.  One other thing I noticed is that Country songs stopped crossing over by the mid-80's as the New Traditionalists wiped out most of the Urban Cowboy Pop that was dominating the charts.


Country Crossover Hits of 70's/80's

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  • I Love A Rainy Night - Eddie Rabbitt
  • Drivin' My Life Away - Eddie Rabbitt
  • Suspicions - Eddie Rabbitt
  • Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - 2001 - Remaster - Crystal Gayle
  • Talking In Your Sleep - Crystal Gayle
  • Half The Way - Crystal Gayle
  • You And I - Eddie Rabbitt;Crystal Gayle
  • Step By Step - Eddie Rabbitt
  • Someone Could Lose A Heart Tonight - Eddie Rabbitt
  • Behind Closed Doors - Charlie Rich
  • The Most Beautiful Girl - Charlie Rich
  • A Very Special Love Song - Charlie Rich
  • Feels so Right - Alabama
  • Love In The First Degree - Alabama
  • Take Me Down - Alabama
  • The Closer You Get - Alabama
  • Islands In The Stream - Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton
  • Lady - Kenny Rogers
  • She Believes In Me - Kenny Rogers
  • You Decorated My Life - Kenny Rogers
  • The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
  • Lucille - Kenny Rogers
  • Through The Years - 2006 Digital Remaster - Kenny Rogers
  • Coward Of The County - 2006 Digital Remaster - Kenny Rogers
  • I Don't Need You - 2006 Digital Remaster - Kenny Rogers
  • Love Will Turn You Around - 2006 Digital Remaster - Kenny Rogers
  • Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer - 2006 Digital Remaster - Kenny Rogers
  • Smoky Mountain Rain - Ronnie Milsap
  • It Was Almost Like a Song - Ronnie Milsap
  • (There's) No Gettin' over Me - Ronnie Milsap
  • Any Day Now - Ronnie Milsap
  • Stranger in My House - Ronnie Milsap
  • 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
  • Here You Come Again - (Single) [Remaster] - Dolly Parton
  • Two Doors Down - Dolly Parton
  • Nobody - Sylvia
  • You've Never Been This Far Before - Conway Twitty
  • Elvira - Single Version - The Oak Ridge Boys
  • Bobbie Sue - Single Version - The Oak Ridge Boys
  • Lookin' For Love - Johnny Lee
  • Stand By Me - Single Version - Mickey Gilley
  • The Devil Went Down To Georgia - The Charlie Daniels Band
  • I Loved 'Em Every One - T.G. Sheppard
  • Kiss an Angel Good Mornin' - Charley Pride
  • Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell
  • Let Your Love Flow - The Bellamy Brothers
  • If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me - The Bellamy Brothers
  • Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) - Waylon Jennings
  • Theme from "The Dukes of Hazzard" (Good Ol' Boys) - Waylon Jennings
  • A Good Hearted Woman - Waylon Jennings;Willie Nelson
  • Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain - Willie Nelson
  • On the Road Again - Willie Nelson
  • Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson
  • To All the Girls I've Loved Before - Julio Iglesias;Willie Nelson
  • I'm Not Lisa - Jessi Colter
  • Somebody's Knockin' - Terri Gibbs
  • Angel Of The Morning - Juice Newton
  • Love's Been A Little Bit Hard On Me - Juice Newton
  • The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known) - Juice Newton
  • Queen Of Hearts - Juice Newton
  • If We Make It Through December - 2006 - Remaster - Merle Haggard
  • One Piece at a Time - Johnny Cash;Tennessee Three
  • Why Me - Kris Kristofferson
  • Rose Garden - Single Version - Lynn Anderson
  • For the Good Times - Single Version - Ray Price
  • Convoy - C.W. McCall
  • Before The Next Teardrop Falls - Single Version - Freddy Fender
  • Wasted Days And Wasted Nights - Freddy Fender
  • Secret Love - Single Version - Freddy Fender
  • You'll Lose A Good Thing - Single Version - Freddy Fender
  • (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right - Single Version - Barbara Mandrell
  • Southern Nights - Glen Campbell
  • I Love - Tom T. Hall
  • Rub It In - Billy "Crash" Craddock
  • Amos Moses - Buddha Remastered - 2000 - Jerry Reed
  • When You're Hot, You're Hot - Remastered - Jerry Reed
  • Teddy Bear - Red Sovine
  • Seven Year Ache - Rosanne Cash
  • Every Which Way But Loose (2009 Remastered Single/LP Version) - Eddie Rabbitt
  • Daytime Friends - Kenny Rogers
  • Buried Treasure - Kenny Rogers
  • Love Or Something Like It - 2006 Digital Remaster - Kenny Rogers
  • What Are We Doin' In Love - 2006 Digital Remaster - Kenny Rogers
  • Country Boy (You Got Your Feet In L.A.) - Glen Campbell
  • I-O-U - Jimmy Dean
  • Uneasy Rider - The Charlie Daniels Band
  • The South's Gonna Do It Again - The Charlie Daniels Band
  • I Can Help - Single Version - Billy Swan
  • Baby I'm Burnin' - Dolly Parton
  • Saturday Morning Confusion - Original Hit Version - Bobby Russell
  • Mr. Sandman (2008 Remastered Album Version) - Emmylou Harris
  • Lizzie And The Rainman - Tanya Tucker
  • Third Rate Romance - Remastered - Amazing Rhythm Aces
  • Everything Is Beautiful - 1970 #1 Billboard chart hit - Ray Stevens
  • Misty - 1975 #3Country; #14Pop Billboard chart hit - Ray Stevens
  • The Streak - 1974 #1Pop; #3Country Billboard Chart Hit - Ray Stevens
  • Satin Sheets - Jeanne Pruett
  • Help Me Make It Through The Night - Sammi Smith
  • The Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A. - Donna Fargo
  • Funny Face - Single Version - Donna Fargo
  • I Love My Friend - Charlie Rich
  • There Won't Be Anymore - Charlie Rich
  • It's Only Make Believe - Glen Campbell
  • Snowbird - Anne Murray
  • Danny's Song - Anne Murray
  • A Love Song - Anne Murray
  • You Needed Me - Anne Murray
  • I Just Fall In Love Again - Anne Murray
  • Shadows In The Moonlight - Anne Murray
  • Broken Hearted Me - Anne Murray
  • Could I Have This Dance - Anne Murray
  • Daydream Believer - Anne Murray
  • Easy Loving - Freddie Hart
  • Honey Come Back - Glen Campbell
  • What Is Truth - Johnny Cash
  • If I Were a Carpenter - June Carter Cash;Johnny Cash
  • Tennessee Bird Walk - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan;Misty Morgen
  • I Believe In You - Single Version - Don Williams
  • Ashes By Now - Rodney Crowell
  • I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World - Remastered - Ronnie Milsap
  • Let It Be Me - Willie Nelson
  • Baby I Lied - Deborah Allen
  • I'll Still Be Loving You - Restless Heart
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