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The essential classic country playlist

Yardbarker Logo By Amy McCarthy of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 21: To say the very least, country music has seen a great deal of change throughout the decades. From its origins in the 1930s to the present, the genre has spanned a truly impressive range of sounds and styles.But to truly understand country music, one must dig deep into its roots. There are countless classic country tunes — generally referring to songs released in the 1950s through the 1980s — to enjoy, but these 20 tracks are essential additions to any classic country playlist. 

The essential classic country playlist

To say the very least, country music has seen a great deal of change throughout the decades. From its origins in the 1930s to the present, the genre has spanned a truly impressive range of sounds and styles.

But to truly understand country music, one must dig deep into its roots. There are countless classic country tunes — generally referring to songs released in the 1950s through the 1980s — to enjoy, but these 20 tracks are essential additions to any classic country playlist. 

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