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No. 9: Alison Krauss, ‘When You Say Nothing at All’ – Top 100 Country Love Songs

When You Say Nothing at All
Rounder Records

Alison Krauss recorded this song for a Keith Whitley tribute album, and it received unsolicited airplay just seven years after the original went to No. 1. While the singer was well known in bluegrass circles prior to 1994, this song launched her career to the next level, one rarely known by modern bluegrass stars. Her smooth voice and romantic, longing delivery made the performance something to behold. It couldn’t be forgotten on a list of the Top 100 Country Love Songs of all time. 

The smile on your face lets me know that you need me / There’s a truth in your eyes sayin’ you’ll never leave me / The touch of your hand says you’ll catch me if ever I fall / You say it best when you say nothing at all,” Krauss sings. Her version has kept Whitley’s legacy alive as much as any of his songs.

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