The 8 Greatest Country Music Songs of the 1980s


Country music wasn’t immune to the music evolution of the 1960s and 1970s. The bubble-gum pop music of the 60s morphed into the great singers and songwriters of the 1970s. And the twangy sounds of country music in the 1970s morphed into the modern rock country sounds of the 1980s. In fact, country music experienced quite the evolution of the 1980s. Apropos of that, here are the 8 greatest country music songs from that decade.

8. Kathy Mattea, “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses”

Mattea hit the top spot on the charts in both the US and Canada with “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses.” The song was the second single from her 1988 Untasted Honey album. Paul Nelson and Gene Nelson wrote the hit tune. The story is about an over-the-road truck driver who is headed home from his last drive. Charlie, as the man is known, is retiring. And he has a dozen roses in his 18-wheeler as a gift for his waiting wife. 

Kathy Mattea hasn’t produced much work in the last 20 years, but she was a country music mainstay in the mid-1980s and early 1990s. This song is definitely one to revisit from the 1980s.

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