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Sirius top country list sparking much social media consternation

Posted at 10:40 AM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 11:41:20-04

As part of a month-long promotion, satellite radio station Sirius is sponsoring a countdown of what it considers to be the top 1,000 country-and-western songs in music history.

The list has already been played once this month and the countdown will be replayed and continued through the end of the month on Channel 4 among its hundreds of offerings.

Some critics already are blasting the list as leaning away from traditional country classics and featuring too many modern songs.

Here’s the list of the top 10 songs as they have been played out.

#10 – El Paso – Marty Robbins (1959)

#9 – Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean (2010)

#8 – King of the Road – Roger Miller (1965)

#7 – The Devil Went Down to Georgia – Charlie Daniels Band (1979)

#6 – He Stopped Loving Her Today – George Jones (1980)

#5 – Springsteen – Eric Church (2011)

#4 – I Will Always Love You – Dolly Parton (1974)

#3 – Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash (1957)

#2 – Crazy – Patsy Cline (1961)

#1 – Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks (1990)

A complete list of the top 1,000 songs in spreadsheet form can be found here.

Critics had a field day when they considered that iconic country star George Strait’s highest-rated song “All My Exes Live In Texas” checks in at No. 41.  Compare that with modern crooner Eric Church, who had two songs ranked among the top 22 on the list.

So what are your thoughts about this list?

And can any self-respecting list of top country songs not have an offering from “King George” among its top 40?