OFFSTAGE: Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw’s Favorite Country Songs

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Blake Shelton‘s are old. And Tim McGraw‘s are downright vintage. But both lists from American Songwriter magazine show what these two country singers have in common: a love for really classic country music. See what you think of their lists, and ask yourself if you even know who half these singers are, if you might download them to see what was so great about the old stuff and if you have some classics you think should’ve made the cut.

Shelton’s Top 5 country hits from the ’80s:

“My Baby’s Got Good Timing,” Dan Seals
“Holding Her and Loving You,” Earl Thomas Conley
“Shine, Shine, Shine,” Eddy Raven
“Slow Hand,” Conway Twitty
“Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her,” George Strait

And Tim McGraw’s list looks like this:

“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” Hank Williams
“I Never Go Around Mirrors,” Lefty Frizzell
“My Favorite Memory of All,” Merle Haggard
“She Believes in Me,” Kenny Rogers
“Til I Can Make It on My Own,” Tammy Wynette

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.