No. 1: Keith Whitley, ‘When You Say Nothing at All’ – Top 100 Country Love Songs
Keith Whitley’s career song reached No. 1 just months before he died in 1989. It’s one of the most covered songs, but few have sung ‘When You Say Nothing at All’ with as much grace and tenderness as he did. His voice leaves a warm trail after each phrase, which bring goosebumps to whoever is around. The song’s originality puts it above all others and at No. 1 on the list of the Top 100 Country Love Songs.
“It’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart / Without saying a word, you can light up the dark / Try as I may I could never explain / What I hear when you don’t say a thing,” Whitley sings before beginning a timeless chorus. One can’t help but wonder how many more beautiful love songs we’d have from Whitley today if his time had not ended too soon.
Listen to ‘When You Say Nothing at All’ by Keith Whitley