If you love country music, you will love this list of what we think are the best country love songs of modern times. We have included everything from classics to the newly released ones, so you will be sure to find the perfect song for your special someone.
23 Country Love Songs
1. You’re Still The One by Shania Twain
“You’re Still the One” is a song recorded by Canadian singer Shania Twain in 1997 from her Come On Over album. Mutt Lange and Twain wrote the song together. They produced it as part of their response to three years of press speculation that they would eventually divorce. Critics said Twain had married Lange to boost her career, not because they were in love. The couple decided to write a song together to prove them wrong. This country love song was Twain’s biggest hit in the US, paving the way for her worldwide success.
2. It’s Your Love by Tim Mcgraw, Faith Hill
The song, written by Stephany Smith, was recorded by Tim McGraw in 1997 for his album Everywhere. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, his girlfriend at the time, recorded this hit single together. McGraw explained that he instantly knew he wanted to record it with Hill as soon as he heard the tune. “It’s Your Love” was the first of many collaborations between Hill and Tim McGraw. It is also the most successful song of their careers.
3. Need You Now by Lady A
“Need You Now” is the first single and title track from country trio Lady A’s second album. They changed the band’s name from “Lady Antebellum” in 2020 to avoid associations with slavery. The song is about calling someone in the middle of the night due to feeling lonely and longing for companionship. The song, and many others on the album, are about what the band members were learning as they went through different relationships.
4. When You Say Nothing At All by Ronan Keating
“When You Say Nothing at All” is a country classic by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz. Keating recorded his version of the song for the soundtrack to the 1999 film Notting Hill. The song was also included on Keating’s debut solo album, Ronan, released in 2000. It hit number one in the UK, Ireland, and New Zealand. The single is certified platinum in Australia and Sweden.
5. Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton
Chris Stapleton shot to fame after his “Tennessee Whiskey” performance with Justin Timberlake at the 2015 CMA Awards went viral. However, the song had been around for decades before that. He never formally released “Tennessee Whiskey” as a single before that iconic performance. “Tennessee Whiskey” is a love song where the singer expresses his affection for his significant other is by likening her to his favorite drinks.
6. Check Yes Or No by Georgia Strait
“Check Yes or No” was written by Danny Wells and Dana Hunt Black and recorded by American country music singer George Strait. This country love song tells the story of two children who fell in love. The girl writes the boy a letter, asking if he loves her. She tells him to check either the “Yes” or “No” box. They later got married and started a life of their own, thanks to that one simple note.
7. Amazed by Lonestar
“Amazed” is a country love song by Lonestar released in 1999. The power ballad spent eight weeks at the top of the Billboard country chart and became the group’s signature song. The song was written by Marv Green, Aimee Mayo, and Chris Lindsey. At the time, Lindsey and Mayo were in the early stages of their relationship, and they drew inspiration from their new romance.
8. God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton
“God Gave Me You” is a song written and originally recorded by Christian music singer Dave Barnes. When Blake Shelton heard Barnes’ version of the song on a contemporary Christian station, it inspired him to propose to then-girlfriend Miranda Lambert. Blake Shelton’s cover of the song was released in July 2011 as the second single from his album Red River Blue. The music video for the song features footage from the video that Miranda made for Blake during their wedding in May 2011.
9. Wanted by Hunter Hayes
This country love song by American country singer Hunter Hayes is the second single from his self-titled debut album. The song is a ballad about making an unspecified other person feel loved. It expresses a desire to make your lover feel “wanted.” While writing the song, Hunter wanted to tell someone something but could not think of the right words. He decided to say it in music to make his feelings more meaningful. He wanted to convey to the other person that they had a great relationship and that it could be even better.
10. Remember When by Alan Jackson
With lyrics that hit close to home and a simple but catchy melody, Alan Jackson’s “Remember When” is a fan favorite. It was released in October of 2003 as the second single from Alan Jackson’s compilation album, Greatest Hits Volume II. Jackson wrote the song as a tribute to his wife, Denise, whom he met in 1976 at a Dairy Queen in his hometown of Newman, Georgia. Twenty-four years later, he wrote the heartfelt song as a reminder of the love of their first date. The lyrics describe how love changes and shifts, but that not all of the changes are pretty. Jackson marks key milestones that brought Denise and him back together: the births of their three daughters.
11. Butterflies by Kacey Musgraves
Kacey Musgraves wrote “Butterflies” for her fourth album, Golden Hour (2018). Three weeks after meeting her ex-husband, Ruston Kelly, Musgraves wrote this song. The song’s lyrics indicate that she felt as if her life was missing something. And then, once she met Kelly and his love, she felt as if she was reborn and no longer felt incomplete. This romantic country love song won the Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance in 2019.
12. Look What God Gave Her by Thomas Rhett
“Look What God Gave Her” is a song by American country music singer Thomas Rhett. The song was released to country radio on March 12, 2018, as the first single from his upcoming fourth studio album. This cheerful song by the country singer Thomas Rhett celebrates the beauty of his wife Lauren and the higher power that helped create her. The upbeat and bubbly music is a nod to the pop sounds of boy bands.
13. H.O.L.Y. by Florida Georgia Line
“H.O.L.Y.” is a song recorded by American duo Florida Georgia Line, released on their third studio album Dig Your Roots in 2016. The song uses religious imagery to describe a woman. The letters H.O.L.Y. stand for high on loving you and hint that the love written here is special, possibly even better than religion.
14. In Case You Didn’t Know by Brett Young
“In Case You Didn’t Know” is recorded by American country pop singer Brett Young. It was released as the second single from his debut self-titled album (2017). The song’s lyrics are about Brett’s love for his significant other. Nashville songwriters Trent Tomlinson, Tyler Reeve, and Brett Young teamed up to write this country love song about a mom who always tells her son she loves him. While conceptualizing the song, Tomlinson told a story about his mother, who would say to him, “In case you didn’t know, I love you,” every time he left the house.
15. Slow Dance In A Parking Lot by Jordan Davis
In April 2019, Jordan Davis released the song “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot”, which he co-wrote and recorded for his debut album Home State (2018). Davis and co-writer Lonnie Fowler came up with the idea to write the song after Fowler recalled his first date with his wife, where they were slow dancing to Garth Brooks songs. Although the song’s lyrics are specific to Fowler, the song captures the listener’s experiences and thinks back to similar moments in their own relationships.
16. Do I Make You Wanna by Billy Currington
In 2016, Billy Currington released “Do I Make You Wanna,” a song written by Ashley Gorley, Zach Crowell, Matt Jenkins and Jerry Flowers. It is from Currington’s 2015 album Summer Forever. It’s a smooth love song with a few sexy lyrics to add spice. The laid-back country tune finds Currington well within his comfort zone as he sings to his partner that he’ll do anything to please her. He relies on simple formulas to craft his songs. Still, he manages to stand out from the crowd of country-music peers.
17. Crazy Girl by Eli Young Band
The Eli Young Band wrote and recorded their song “Crazy Girl” in early 2011. The song is the fifth single of their career and was released from their Life at Best album. The romantic country song captures the essence of true love as a man attempts to calm the fears of his lady. He promises her that he will never change his mind about their love.
18. Head Over Boots by Jon Pardi
“Head Over Boots” is a song co-written by Jon Pardi recorded as part of his second album California Sunrise (2016). In the song, Pardi sings about being “head over boots” for a girl. Pardi was inspired by watching young and old couples dancing in a Texas dance hall. He essentially wanted to write a song that people could dance to. Pardi came up with the song’s title early on, reflecting the track’s Texas dancehall roots.
19. Die A Happy Man by Thomas Rhett
Thomas Rhett wrote this song especially for his wife, Lauren, whom he’s known since first grade. He penned the tune with Sean Douglas and Joe Spargur. For years, Lauren had been asking for a love song like Tim McGraw’s “Just to See You Smile”. Rhett recalled how watching his wife listen to the song for the first time was very rewarding. It was his first time to write a love song this personal, and he strictly wrote it about their relationship.
20. Your Man by Josh Turner
In the song’s original music video, Turner and his wife go to a hotel for a romantic getaway. They dance together, kiss, and steal kisses in the elevator in their room. They released a new version of the music video in 2021, once again co-starring his wife and revisiting the same scenes where they shot the original “Your Man” video. It serves as a heartfelt sequel to the couple’s love story, after several years and four children together.
21. Black by Dierks Bentley
“Black” is the title track from Dierks Bentley’s album of the same name. It was the third single from the album. Bentley wrote the sultry, romantic love song for his wife, Cassidy, whose maiden name is “Black.” When asked about the inspiration for the single, Bentley recalled his decade-long relationship with his wife. He also mentions that black is “certainly the sexiest color” and that the song also “has a lot of sexiness”.
22. Forever After All by Luke Combs
Luke Combs’ song “Forever After All” was released in 2020 as part of a deluxe edition of the artist’s second studio album, What You See Is What You Get. The tender, romantic midtempo country love song “Forever After All” has themes of unprecedented devotion. The lyrics find Combs harmonizing about his wife’s unique attributes, expressing how their love is everlasting even through death. It was the first song Combs wrote after he and his wife, Nicole, moved into their house in Tennessee.
23. Stay A Little Longer by Brothers Osborne
American country music duo Brothers Osborne recorded the song “Stay a Little Longer”. They released it in March 2015 as the duo’s third single overall and the second from their album Pawn Shop. In the song, the singer asks his “on-again, off-again” lover to stay a little longer. The guitar-driven country song is about those confusing feelings when you can’t decide whether you want to be with somebody enough to commit.
Country love songs are some of the most beautiful and compelling love songs in mainstream music. If you are looking for country love songs to add to your personal playlist, we highly recommend choosing one of our favorites above. Although selecting the best country love songs is subjective and open for interpretation, we hope this list will help get you started in building your own collection of romantic country tunes.
Eduardo Perez is a multi-instrumentalist with over 20 years of experience playing instruments such as piano, guitar, ukulele, and bass. Having arranged songs and produced music in a recording studio, he has a wealth of knowledge to share about analyzing songs, composing, and producing. Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Musical Studies at Berklee College School of Music. Featured on Entrepreneur.com. Subscribe to his YouTube channel, or follow him on Instagram.