CMT.com put together a list of some of the GREATEST country songs . . . that NEVER made it to Number One. They chose 10 . . . and some are a total surprise . . . especially when you consider "Achy Breaky Heart" was #1 for a billion weeks.
Here they are, in no particular order.
--"Crazy", Patsy Cline . . . peaked at #2 in 1961. (--This IS the greatest country song of all time . . . AND it was written by Willie Nelson.)
--"God Bless The USA", Lee Greenwood . . . made it to #7 in 1984. (--Honoring the good ole U.S. of A. at pre-game ceremonies for close to 30 years.)
--"Amarillo By Morning", George Strait . . . hit # 4 in 1983. (--Just a flat-out terrific country song. Fiddles, cowboys . . . Texas.)
--"Blue", LeAnn Rimes . . . peaked at #10 in 1996. (--Wow, I would have sworn this topped the country charts. I need to stop swearing.)
--"Family Tradition", Hank Williams Jr. . . hit Number Four in 1979. (--What? This was NEVER #1? Well, it is in every damn country bar I get kicked out of.)
--"Go Rest High On That Mountain",Vince Gill . . . reached #14 in 1995. (--Not one of my favorites . . . but it features Patty Loveless and Ricky Skaggs, so what do I know.)
--"Independence Day", Martina McBride . . . made it to #12 in 1994. (--Anthemic, powerful . . . and the best set of pipes in country. Girl power!)
--"Coat Of Many Colors", Dolly Parton . . . reached #4 in 1971. (--Dolly calls it her favorite. Your mom probably likes it too.)
--"Love Can Build a Bridge", The Judds . . . peaked at Number Five in 1991. (--Co-written by Naomi Judd . . . and chosen as 1995's official "Comic Relief" single.)
--"Delta Dawn", Tanya Tucker . . . made it to #6 in 1972. (--I don't think this should be on CMT's list . . . mostly because it was a HUGE hit for the great Helen Reddy.)