Top 10 George Strait Songs
George Strait‘s songs have turned into more No. 1 hits in each of the three full decades he’s worked than most artists would dream of having in their career. As the record holder for chart toppers, Strait has a catalog that’s difficult to sort through to decide upon the Top 10 songs of all time. Somehow songs like ‘Ocean Front Property’ and ‘Run’ didn’t make this list, nor did ‘Amarillo by Morning.’ Read through our picks, and let us know which George Strait song is your all time favorite.
‘True’ is the only song on this list of the Top 10 George Strait songs that didn’t reach No. 1 on Billboard’s chart. The love song comes in the middle of a three year period that produced four of the 10 songs on this list, however. It’s difficult to call the late ’90s Strait’s “prime” because he never seems to back away long enough to determine a peak. It could still be on the horizon.
‘The Best Day’
If you’re not a parent, you may wonder how this song ended up on our list of the Top 10 George Strait songs. But fathers will especially appreciate this sweet tale about the advice a boy gets throughout his life. Fathers and sons aren’t the best at expressing their emotions, so Strait does the hard work with this three-week No. 1 hit from 2000.
‘Write This Down’
The magic of ‘Write This Down’ is it’s a song that feels like it could have been written yesterday or 30 years ago. The 1999 hit from Strait’s ‘Always Never the Same’ album is yet another love song, yet somehow it sounds different from all the others. “Baby, write this down, take a little note / To remind you in case you didn’t know / Tell yourself I love you and I don’t want you to go / Write this down,” Strait sings.
‘I Saw God Today’
From ‘Troubadour’ (2008)
‘I Saw God Today’ was the 2008 CMA Single of the Year, but more importantly it was a song that once again made listeners stop and stare at the radio the first time they heard it. Rodney Clawson helped pen these beautiful lyrics. “His fingerprints are everywhere / I just slowed down to stop and stare / Opened my eyes and man I swear / I saw God today,” Strait sings. Strait has consistently proved himself able and willing to subtly change his approach to country music just when fans are losing track of him.
‘Love Without End, Amen’
From ‘Livin’ It Up’ (1990)
This hit from 1990 stayed on top of the Billboard country chart for over a month, becoming Strait’s first multi-week No. 1 hit. Strait’s versatility — amongst other things — makes him such an amazing artist. He’s able to sing dark, brooding heartbreakers like ‘Give It Away’ and cute stories of a father and son like ‘Love Without End, Amen’ in the same concert. “Let me tell you a secret about a father’s love / A secret that my daddy said was just between us / He said daddies don’t just love their children every now and then / It’s a love without end, amen,” Strait sings.
‘I Cross My Heart’
From ‘Pure Country’ (1992)
Strait’s 1992 hit made our Top 10 Romantic Songs list as well. It’s one of the most popular country songs to play at weddings, and for good reason. The No. 1 hit can still be heard on country radio, some 20 years after its release. Give credit to Strait for having the vision to choose songs that would remain relevant decades later. ‘I Cross My Heart’ was one of two hits from the ‘Pure Country’ soundtrack.
‘You Look So Good in Love’
From ‘Right or Wrong’ (1983)
By 1983, fans were beginning to recognize Strait as something special. ‘You Look So Good In Love’ was his third No. 1 hit, the first single from his third album and one of our top George Strait songs. One can’t help but feel for this man as he watches the love of his life live happily with another man. Strait sings the verse and chorus with an optimism that seems to assure fans that he’ll be all right.
‘All My Ex’s Live in Texas’
From ‘Ocean Front Property’ (1987)
George Strait rarely sounded smoother than when he crooned about all the women he’d left behind in the Lone Star State. The rhymes in this song are worthy of an award on their own (Allison in Galveston, sweet Eileen in Abilene), but Strait’s ho-hum delivery is what really makes this song so special. He’s just fine hiding out in Tennessee. One almost senses that the character in this song may be banned from that state one day, too.
‘Give It Away’
From ‘It Just Comes Natural’ (2006)
This Jamey Johnson penned tuned recently made a Rolling Stone list of top heartache songs. Strait and Johnson seem to come from opposite ends of Nashville, but both value traditional country music. The singer finds the required hopelessness in these lyrics to make it one of his all time best songs. The song won ACM Awards for Single and Song of the Year in 2007.
‘Check Yes or No’
From ‘Strait Out of the Box’ (1995)
A gargoyle wouldn’t be able to deny this sweet song a special place in his heart. It’s the story everyone grows up hoping to live with his or her sweetie. Strait’s 1995 chart-topper is another that is finding new fans today, even with pop-country artists like Taylor Swift and the Band Perry. “Do you love me, do you wanna be my friend / And if you do, well then don’t be afraid to take me by the hand, if you want to / I think this is how love goes, check yes or no,” Strait sings. It was the CMA Single of the year in 1996, and it’s our No. 1 George Strait song.