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Most people, when asked to summarize the prototypical country song, come up with something along the lines of tears in my beer. There’s a breakup and a truck and any manner of down-on-your-luck circumstances. But country music knows its way around a love song, too. Maybe you want to create some playlists for Valentine’s Day in Music City. Maybe you plan to serenade your sweetie with something new on the guitar. Whatever the occasion, we’ve pulled together a list of 10 love songs best sung with a country twang.

Amazed by Lonestar (1999)
Lonestar is thinking big with this one, singing about “the rest of my life.” That’s probably why it is a popular one for walking down the aisle. Who can resist being told that “every little thing” they do is amazing?

Better Together by Luke Combs (2019)
Classic combinations are outlined in country music-style, like coffee and sunrise and guitars and strings. But the thing the singer thinks is best together? “Your first and my last name.”

The Bones by Maren Morris (2019)
This platinum, GRAMMY-nominated tune focuses on the foundation (a.k.a. the bones) of a relationship.

How Do I Live by Trisha Yearwood (2008)
This ballad completes the title question with the words “without you.” The singer imagines everything that would be lost if she were separated from her love.

I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton (1974)
Even if you don’t know or like country music, you can probably sing along with this one. Many people know Whitney Houston’s 1992 version, but Parton originally wrote the song (and smartly retained the rights) for her business partner Porter Wagoner.

If Loving You is Wrong, I Don’t Want to be Right by Barbara Mandrell (1978)
The lyrics—which were controversial at the time—talk about forbidden love and an attraction to a married man. But the name underscores universal sentiment and has been co-opted for all sorts of relationships.

Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’ by Charley Pride (1971)
If the morning starts off right, it can make the rest of the day go the same way. At least that’s what Pride, often called country’s first Black superstar, says in this hit.

Lover by Taylor Swift (2019)
Swifties can recite many (many, many) songs that make them swoon. And during the Eras tour it was during Love Story that couples oft got engaged. But the line from Lover, “Can we always be this close forever and ever?” is a romantic one-liner if ever there was one.

Nobody But You by Blake Shelton (2019)
In a husband-and-wife duet with Gwen Stefani, the team pledge their desires to spend all their time together. The power couple also released Purple Irises in 2024.

You’re Still the One by Shania Twain (1997)
Many songs focus on infatuation and young love. The twist in this 1990s classic is that the focus is on a couple that is “still going strong.” Perfect for a Nashville anniversary celebration.