From Willie's "No Tears Tonight" to Tammy's "Crying in the Rain" to George's "Wine-Colored Roses," these are the saddest songs around.
The singer-songwriter, who turns 61 today, performs "Smoke Dreams," "Who Needs Words" and other tunes from her self-titled 1978 debut.
Hank Williams once said of him: "For drawing power in the South, it was Roy Acuff, then God." Hear him with his Smokey Mountain Boys in 1968.
The Nashville-based singer-songwriter, who died on this day in 2014, performs "Steel Rail Blues," "Abeline" and Break My Mind" in 1968.
The Nashville singer-songwriter performs "When The Devil Starts Crying" and other tunes from Pretty Close to the Truth in a '98 solo set.
Country music icon Johnny Cash died on this day in 2003. Hear him perform his classics "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Ring of Fire" in 1995.
Linda Ronstadt, Reba McEntire, Tammy Wynette and others pay tribute to the crossover country star who was born on this day in 1932.
The prolific country singer-songwriter, who turns 77 today, performs his "Longhaired Redneck" and "Take This Job and Shove It" in 1984.
The country star, who died on this day in 1991, sings her hit singles "Country Sunshine" and "Every Time Two Fools Collide" in this '82 set.
The guitar picker and singer died on this day in 2008. Hear him play "Amos Moses" and "East Bound and Down" in this '83 Opryland set.
The Texas singer-songwriter performs "Honky Tonk Heroes" and "I'm Just An Ol' Chunk Of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Someday)."
Marshall Crenshaw, Dave Alvin, Rosie Flores and Billy Joe Shaver cover "Ramblin' Fever," "West Texas Plains" and "I Can't Be Myself" in 1995.
The Canadian Queen of Country Pop, who turns 51 today, sings "Rock This Country" and other tunes from Come On Over in this 1999 set.
The Nashville-based band brings a manic punk energy to Neil Young's "Are You Ready for the Country?" and "Polk Salad Annie" in this '85 set
The dual guitar work of Terry Efaw and John Schwab sparks the Ohio band on "Making a Living's Killing Me" from Let the Hard Times Roll.
The Country Music Hall of Famer, who turns 78 today, performs his hits "Lucille," "Coward of the County" and "The Gambler" in this 1980 set.
The Lafayette, Louisiana native, who turns 72 today, sings "I Got Mexico," "We Robbed Trains" and tunes from Love & Other Hard Times.
Ray Benson leads the Austin-based band on "Route 66," Louis Jordan's "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie" and "San Antonio Rose" in this '96 set.
The greatest country singer ever puts his soulful stamp on "The Race Is On," "Bartender's Blues" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" in Boston.
The crossover country singer, who turns 70 today, performs his hits "Friday Night Blues," "Lady Lay Down" and "Rose Colored Glasses."
The Red Headed Stranger plays tunes by fellow songwriters Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Leon Russell and others.
The popular '70s singer-songwriter turns 84 today. Hear him sing his hit "Coca Cola Cowboy" and "Texas On A Saturday Night" in this '87 set.
The country and bluegrass singer-songwriter and mandolinist, who turns 62 today, performs "Don't Get Above Your Raising" in this '81 set.
The singer-songwriter performs tunes from her Grammy-winning album Wrecking Ball and delivers a rousing "Indian Red" in this '96 set.
Jerry Lee Lewis plays stone country tunes like "You Win Again," "One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)" and others in this playlist.
The singer-songwriter from East Tennessee performs her "Coat of Many Colors," "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You" in this '77 Bottom Line set.
The influential guitarist and Nashville record producer was born on this day in 1924. Hear him play "Ready For the Times to Get Better" in 1985.
The country singer, who turns 77 today, sings his hits "Ruby Baby," "Broken Down in Tiny Pieces" and "Rub It In" in this '83 set from Bristol.
The outlaw country star, who was born on this day in 1937, performs his "Amanda" and duets with wife Jessi Colter on "Storms Never Last."
The surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd join Daniels on a rousing rendition of "Free Bird" at the Volunteer Jam V in Nashville, 1979.
The Canadian country singer performs "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" and "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)" on her '99 Come On Over tour.
Wynonna Judd, who turns 52 today, joins mother Naomi on hits "GIrls' Night Out" and "Mama He's Crazy," and Little Richard's "Rip It Up."
The Country Music Hall of Famer, who turns 77 today, performs his "Atta Way to Go," "Miracles" and "Good Ole Boys Like Me" in a '84 set.
The rowdy son of a country icon turns 67 today. Hear him play "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound" and "The American Way" in this set from 1981.
The daughter of country star Dottie West turns 58 today. Hear her with partner David Frizzell on Roger Miller's "Husbands and Wives" in 1982.
The neo-traditional country icon, who turns 64 today, performs "I Can't See Texas From Here" and "Honky Tonk Crazy" at NYC's Lone Star Cafe.
The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer died today at age 74. Hear him in a 2013 set along with covers of his popular tunes in this playlist.
The singer-songwriter, who turns 74 today, performs his 1974 hit single "I Can Help" and "Your Picture Still Loves Me" in this '82 set.
The American music icon, born on this day in 1909, accompanies herself on guitar, banjo and autoharp in this '63 Ash Grove set.
Randy Owen leads the quartet on their hit "Love in the First Degree" and a cover of the Marshall Tucker Band's "Can't You See" in this '81 set.
The singer-songwriter, who died on this day in 1998, performs his hits "I Love a Rainy Night" and "Two Dollars in the Jukebox" in this '81 set.
The Aussie star blends bluegrass, country, rap and EDM on Ripcord, which hits stores today. Hear him in a more traditional mode in 1997.
The face of the '80s neo-traditional country movement turns 57 today. Hear his distinctive baritone on "Diggin' Up Bones" and "I Told You So."
Outlaw country icon Willie Nelson turns 83 today. Hear hm sing his "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," "Whiskey River" and "Crazy" in 1998.
The great country singer, who died on this day in 2013, performs "I'm Not Ready Yet," "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and other hits in 1983.
The singer-guitarist, who turns 80 today, performs his hits "Galveston," "Gentle On My Mind" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" in this '85 set.
Singing greats George Jones, Gus Hardin, John Conlee, Con Hunley and Tammy Wynette showcase their pipes in this one-hour playlist.
The country star and former Hee Haw host turns 83 today. Hear him pickin' and grinnin' on "Dueling Banjos" and "Orange Blossom Special."