Strip away the big stages, television lights, cowboy hats, tour buses and rhinestones. The stories are the heart of country music, and there's none finer than 'The Gambler' by Kenny Rogers, song No. 1 on the Top 100 Country Songs list. 

It's here that Rogers finds a way to make teaching an important life lesson cool. We're all proud to be students of his homeward bound poker playing. 'The Gambler' also wins points for being a huge hit that lives on through radio and pop culture today. Few well-rounded music fans can't sing along to "You got to know when to hold 'em / Know when to fold 'em ..." Simply put, it's the perfect country song.

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Listen to 'The Gambler' by Kenny Rogers