Top 10 Christian Country Songs

by Pamela Rose on January 24, 2013

The lyrics to a good Christian country song usually tell a story. In fact, in my opinion, that is what makes the song! Country music has promoted the Gospel so much so, that beginning in 1988 the Dove Awards began to award in the categories of “Country Album of the Year” and “Country Recorded Song of the Year”. Here are my top 10 picks for Christian Country Songs. They are listed in alphabetical order because to me, they are all good.

10. Believe (Brooks & Dunn)

This is a heart-warming song of the relationship between a young boy and “Old man Wrigley” who were neighbors in a small town. The old man was alone in the world surviving his wife and baby. The old man shares how he believes that one day he will see his wife and son. How wonderful is it when an old man can have such a profound impact on a young man that he remembers these powerful words in his college days as he reads the Bible:

“When I raise my hands, bow my head. I’m finding more and more truth in the words written in red. They tell me that there’s more to this than just what i can see. I believe”

9. Changed (Rascal Flatts)

This is a great testimony of the saving power of Jesus. The singer tells of how easy it is to fall into bad ways but how wonderful it is the be changed forever into a new life “changed for the better”.

Favorite lyric: I hit my knees, I’m here, I stand. There I was, now here I am. Here I am, Here I am. I’m changed, Yes, I am. I’m changed for the better. Thank God, I’m changed.

8. Concrete Angel (Martina McBride)

Powerhouse Martina McBride sings of the victim of child abuse. It is about a sweet little girl who is now remembered only as tombstone that forever smiles as a “concrete angel”.

Favorite Lyric: Through the wind and the rain. She stands hard as a stone in a world that she can’t rise above. But her dreams give her wings and she flies to a place where she’s loved. Concrete angel

7. Go Rest High on that Mountain (Vince Gill)

Vince Gill often deals with grief by taking his guitar and writing a song. That is exactly how this one was penned. He sang it when he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009. He believes this is the song that he will be most remembered for. It is a tribute to his brother, Bob who died of a heart attack in 1993. He was awarded a Grammy Award for this song in 1995. [2]

Favorite Lyric: Wish I could see the angels’ faces when they hear your sweet voice sing

"After winning the American Idol competition in 2005, this was one of Carrie's first smash hits."

“After winning the American Idol competition in 2005, this was one of Carrie’s first smash hits.”

6. Jesus Take the Wheel (Carrie Underwood)

After winning the American Idol competition in 2005, this was one of Carrie’s first smash hits. It is the story of a young momma who is at her wit’s end when she decides to trust her life to Jesus. Oh how much more easy our life could be if we simply trust it to the Lord before we are in dire straits.

Favorite Lyric: Save me from this road I’m on. Jesus take the wheel!

5. Just a Closer Walk with Thee (Patsy Cline)

Made popular by Patsy Cline back in 1960 this traditional gospel song has been recorded by many country singers including: Loretta Lynn, The Oakridge Boys, Willie Nelson, George Jones, Randy Travis, and Sara Evans [1]. This is song of hope as the lyrics contemplate the singer’s desire to walk in a close relationship with the Lord while they live on earth and then as they cross over into eternity to be with Him on His kingdom’s shore.

Favorite Lyric: Who with me my burden shares? None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee

4. Me and God (Josh Turner)

I love this upbeat song of hope. Josh sings about how it will be when he lives with God. I love how he places himself as a joint heir in a relationship with the Almighty Creator God.

Favorite Lyric: He’s my Father; He’s my friend … the beginning and the end. He rules the world with the staff and the rod. We’re a team, me and God.

3. Three Wooden Crosses (Randy Travis)

Have you ever driven along a highway and saw flowers or a cross? That is what I am reminded of when I hear this song. It retells the story of a bus accident that claimed the life of four people. Though there are only “three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway” that remain, a far greater legacy is left when you understand that one of them who died, a preacher, in the moments just before his death gave his Bible to the hooker who sat next to him on that bus. That hooker ended up being the mother of yet another preacher … who retells this story from the pulpit.

Favorite Lyric: That’s the story that our preacher told last Sunday as he held that blood stained Bible up for all of us to see. He said, “Bless the farmer and the teacher and the preacher, who gave this Bible to my momma, who read it to me”

2. Tough as Nails (Clay Jacobs)

Clay considers his situation of “broken promises and shattered dreams”. The story in the song brings us back to the promise of Jesus. He died so we could have life. The singer finds joy and strength in Jesus. In the end we see that “life can’t be tough as nails” but Jesus is.

Favorite Lyric: You may think that life has passed you by and you feel like your well has run dry. Just take it to the one, who gave His only Son ‘cause life can’t be tough as nails

1. Why Me Lord (Kris Kristofferson)

As a young girl, even though I was born and raised in the city, my girlfriend had a Daddy that loved country music. I remember hearing this song in her house often, even though her Daddy did not know the Lord. The lyrics tell of a man who questions his worthiness to merit the abundant grace that he has received from God. I love the chorus.

Favorite Lyric: Lord help me Jesus, I’ve wasted it so help me Jesus, I know what I am. But now that I know, that I needed you so help me Jesus, my soul’s in Your hand,[1] http ://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Just_a_Closer_Walk_with_Thee[2] http: //www php?id=5030

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Jack Wellman January 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm

I love this Pam and am so glad you included Patsy Cline who sang with such emotion and depth. These are all songs that make we fall on my face to worship Him Who is most worthy.


Josh January 25, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Nice choices! I have always liked that Randy Travis song.


Sylvia January 26, 2013 at 1:24 am

I am a bible believing christian and, I have a passion for country music, thankyou for for sharing these great songs. God bless you


Pamela Rose Williams January 27, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Happy to share Sylvia. Glad to see you here at F & E


Angela McGee Hagerman March 21, 2013 at 9:52 am

These songs are so great to hear!! it’s like when I see them I want to shout, because that lets me know, God is still on the throne, and being a believer, makes me feel like the “word” is still getting out there for the other side of the world to hear from the Christian point of view


Pamela Rose March 21, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Oh Angela, I can feel you enthusiasm. Thanks so much for dropping in and I must say, I quite agree with you sis.


Thomas July 5, 2013 at 5:15 am

I like the list, but I think I would have put Josh Turner’s “Long Black Train” on there.


Pamela Rose Williams July 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Good idea Thomas. In love his voice. Thanks for adding to the list.


elise August 4, 2013 at 7:16 am

I think it shows real talent and who a famous artist truly is when they bring to light Christian themes, relying on God, etc. Great list Pam!


Pamela Rose August 4, 2013 at 7:07 pm

I quite agree Elise. Thanks for the comment.


Jordan Newland August 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I believe that Go Rest High On That Mountain was also a tribute to Keith Whitley.


Pamela Rose August 4, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Hi Jordan, It appears that according to songfacts dot com, you might be correct. It seems that Vince began writing it when Keith passed and finished it years later when his brother died. Thanks for pointing this out.


mazie August 4, 2013 at 3:58 pm

the best song is the thrid man by loretta lynn 1958,and if you only knew


Pamela Rose Williams August 15, 2013 at 8:37 am

Hello Mazie, I am going to look that one up. Thanks for the lead!


justin August 13, 2013 at 12:48 pm

out of every list i go to there is not one that has the old rugged cross in the top 30 im just wondering if i am the only one that likes that song


Pamela Rose Williams August 15, 2013 at 8:39 am

Hello Justin, I do love that hymn, just not so sure it fits into the category for this article. Thanks for sharing and blessings to you!


Paula October 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm

There was a country Christian song in the 90’s called “Cherokee ‘and a word I cannot remember'”…. So, “Cherokee ‘something'” . It was sung by a male vocalist… Does anyone remember the full name of it, or the vocalist that did it?


Marianne June 1, 2014 at 8:22 am

Hi Pamela
I Have been looking for a song and have tried searching for all the possible title but nothing came up right until it led me here. Do you know the title of this song and the whole lyrics ( errors are mine)?
Thank you so much!!

An angel of the Lord, came down to earth one day
And he sat here in my room, as I begun to play
A smile up on his lips, a teardrop in his eye
And I asked him what was wrong
The angel did replied

There’s a choir up in heaven, singing country gospel song…..
knowing God loves country music cause an angel told me so……


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