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The essential '80s country playlist

Yardbarker Logo By Amy McCarthy of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 21: The 1980s were an interesting time for country music. A host of influences, from pop to outlaw, shaped the genre and produced a truly wide array of songs, perfect for both traditionalists and pop-country fans alike.Flip through the gallery below for a look at the decade's most iconic country tunes, including hits from Reba McEntire, George Strait, Willie Nelson, and more of the genre's finest artists. 

The essential '80s country playlist

The 1980s were an interesting time for country music. A host of influences, from pop to outlaw, shaped the genre and produced a truly wide array of songs, perfect for both traditionalists and pop-country fans alike.

Flip through the gallery below for a look at the decade's most iconic country tunes, including hits from Reba McEntire, George Strait, Willie Nelson, and more of the genre's finest artists. 

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