I perused another one of those lists the other day that gives you the top 100.  I'm sure you've seen one of them and wondered just who chose the selections offered.  I've seen the lists of top 100 movies, top 100 books, top "worst" 10 movies, top 100 songs, and so on.

This one was the top 100 country songs of all time presented by CMT.  As I moved my attention up and down the list to see what songs I was familiar with, I was surprised at the songs I had never heard of.  I shouldn't have been.  Since I don't listen to contemporary country music, or very little, and extremely selective at that, I should have expected to not know all of them.  Beyond George Strait I'm pretty much lost in the new country music field of artist.  I've heard of many of them, but couldn't tell you a single song they recorded. 

Of particular note, and a surprise was that "Your Cheatin' Heart" was not #1, but "Stand By Your Man" is a good top 10 choice.  Another surprise was the ranking of Pee Wee King's "Tennessee Waltz" which gave Patti Page a monster hit.  They should have had it in the top 20.  I was also disappointed that Kris Kristopherson's, "For The Good Times," the song responsible for the revitalization or Ray Price's career in the early seventies, was left off the list.

Over all they did an excellent job of getting most of the old and new songs and artists on one list.  I'm sure there were a lot of "what ifs" as it was being compiled.

1."Stand by Your Man"                                  51. "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"

2."He Stopped Loving Her Today"              52."On the Other Hand"

3."Crazy"                                                           53."Walking the Floor Over You"

4."Ring of Fire"                                                54 "Coat of Many Colors"

5."Your Cheatin' Heart"                                 55."Act Naturally"

6."Friends in Low Places"                              56."Mama He's Crazy"

7."I Fall to Pieces"                                           57."If You've Got the Money I've Got the  Time"

8."Galveston"                                                   58."Kiss an Angel Good Morning"

9."Behind Closed Doors"                               59."Family Tradition"

10."Mammas Don't Let Your Babies           60."Go Rest High on That Mountain"
      Grow Up To Be Cowboys"  

11."Blue Moon of Kentucky"                         61."Lovesick Blues"

12."Amarillo by Morning"                             62."Don't Rock the Jukebox"

13."Coal Miner's Daughter"                           63."Tennessee Waltz"

14."Dance, The"                                               64."When You Say Nothing at All"

15."Forever and Ever, Amen"                       65."God Bless the U.S.A."

16."I Will Always Love You"                         66."Green, Green Grass of Home"

17."Hello Darlin'"                                             67."It's Your Love"

18."Take Me Home, Country Roads"           68."There Stands the Glass"

19."Hey, Good Lookin'"                                  69."Devil Went Down to Georgia"

20."I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow"         70."Chiseled in Stone"

21."Okie From Muskogee"                              71."Don't Toss Us Away"

22."Wide Open Spaces"                                   72."Boy Named Sue"

23."Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain"                73."You Are My Sunshine"

24."Chair, The"                                                 74."Flowers on the Wall"

25."Folsom Prison Blues"                               75."Strawberry Wine"

26."Gambler, The"                                           76."Good Hearted Woman"

27."Fancy"                                                         77."You're Still the One"

28."Where Were You"                                     78."My Home's in Alabama"

29."I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"              79."Is There Life Out There?"

30."I Hope You Dance"                                   80."She's in Love With the Boy"

31."I Walk the Line"                                        81."Smoky Mountain Rain"

32."Rhinestone Cowboy"                               82."Should've Been a Cowboy"

33."Always on My Mind"                                83."Rose Garden"

34."Harper Valley P.T.A."                              84."Please Remember Me"

35."D-I-V-O-R-C-E"                                           85."Blue"

36."Will the Circle Be Unbroken"                 86."Before the Next Teardrop Falls"

37."King of the Road"                                      87."Passionate Kisses"

38."Breathe"                                                      88."Have I Told You Lately That I Love You"

39."Make the World Go Away"                      89."Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)"

40."Hello Walls"                                               90."He'll Have to Go"

41."Sweet Dreams"                                           91."Seven Year Ache"

42."El Paso"                                                        92. "Sunday Morning Coming Down"

43."Delta Dawn"                                                93."Take This Job and Shove It"

44."When I Call Your Name"                         94."Something in Red"

45."Guitars, Cadillacs"                                     95."Foggy Mountain Breakdown"

46."Desperado"                                                  96."I'd Be Better Off in a Pine Box"

47."Don't Come Home A'Drinkin'"               97."Amazed"

48."Boot Scootin' Boogie"                               98."Faded Love"

49."I Can't Stop Loving You"                         99."Back in the Saddle Again"

50."Independence Day"                                100."Killin' Time"