100 Greatest Alt Country Music Songs

Criteria: Popularity, influence and critical acclaim. The lists includes artists in the genres alternative country (ie. Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams), Alternative country-rock or "alt country" (ie. Drive-By Truckers, Uncle Tupelo), Cowpunk (ie. Meat Puppets, Mekons) and other related genres. Does NOT include Outlaw Country (ie Willie Nelson) or certain artists labeled as "Country Rock" (ie. Gram Parsons, Dwight Yoakam).
Alt Country Music Songs
1. Last Dance
The Mekons
2. Lake of Fire
The Meat Puppets
3. Screen Door
Uncle Tupelo
4. Fuck This Town
Robbie Fulks
5. If I Had a Boat
Lyle Lovett
6. New York, New York
Ryan Adams
7. Hurt
Johnny Cash
8. Constant Craving
kd lang
9. Copperhead Road
Steve Earle
10. Outtasite (Outta Mind)
Wilco
11. One Big Holiday
My Morning Jacket
12. Righteously
Lucinda Williams
13. The Funeral
Band of Horses
14. A Ghost To Most
Drive By Truckers
15. Drown
Son Volt
16. Sweet Jane
Cowboy Junkies
17. Ways To Be Wicked
Lone Justice
18. Murder (Or A Heart Attack)
Old 97's
19. You've Been So Good Up to Now
Lyle Lovett
20. Make It Last
The Beat Farmers
21. Yesterday's News
Whiskeytown
22. Don Henley Must Die
Mojo Nixon
23. Banditos
The Refreshments
24. Delia's Gone
Johnny Cash
25. I've Forgotten What It Was in You (That Put the Need in Me)
Maria McKee
26. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Lucinda Williams
27. Waiting for the Sun
The Jayhawks
28. The Way That He Sings
My Morning Jacket
29. Gun
Uncle Tupelo
30. Shop It Around
Jason & The Scorchers
31. Gravity's Gone
Drive-By Truckers
32. Can't Stand It
Wilco
33. Shelter
Lone Justice
34. Guitar Town
Steve Earle
35. Is There A Ghost
Band of Horses
36. Let's Kill Saturday Night
Robbie Fulks
37. Star Witness
Neko Case
38. I See A Darkness
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
39. Till I Am Myself Again
Blue Rodeo
40. God's Gonna Cut You Down
Johnny Cash
41. In Love With A View
Mojave 3
42. Eight Piece Box
Southern Culture on the Skids
43. What Made My Hamburger Disappear
Jefferey Frederick
44. Leavin'
Shelby Lynne
45. Hard to Be Human Again
The Mekons
46. Help There's A Fire
Jason & The Scorchers
47. I Don't Know
Hank Williams III
48. Factory Belt
Uncle Tupelo
49. Comin' Down
The Meat Puppets
50. I'm Gonna Soothe You
Maria McKee
51. Danko/Manuel
Drive-By Truckers
52. Dark Light
The Beat Farmers
53. Let it Ride
Ryan Adams and the Cardinals
54. I'm the Man Who Loves You
Wilco
55. Lights of Downtown
The Long Ryders
56. Even If It's Wrong
BR5-49
57. Cowboy Man
Lyle Lovett
58. The Other Kind
Steve Earle
59. Steal Your Love
Lucinda Williams
60. Windfall
Son Volt
61. Goodbye's All We Got Left
Steve Earle
62. Goddamn Lonely Love
Drive-By Truckers
63. Magic Toy Missing
The Meat Puppets
64. 4th Of July
Shooter Jennings
65. People Got A Lotta Nerve
Neko Case
66. She Must Think I Like Poetry
Robbie Fulks
67. Radar Gun
The Bottle Rockets
68. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
The Jayhawks
69. Black Soul Choir
16 Horsepower
70. Rusty Cage
Johnny Cash
71. Blue Collar Suicide
The Refreshments
72. Give Back My Heart
Lyle Lovett
73. Barrier Reef
Old 97's
74. I'm Amazed
My Morning Jacket
75. Mississippi Mud
Hank Williams III
76. I'm Down to My Last Cigarette
kd lang
77. What Else Would You Have Me Be?
Lucero
78. No One's Gonna Love You
Band of Horses
79. Jacksonville Skyline
Whiskeytown
80. No Depression
Uncle Tupelo
81. Looking Forward to Seeing You
Golden Smog
82. No More Room in Hell
Grievous Angels
83. Crazy Mary
Victoria Williams
84. She's A Jar
Wilco
85. Murder, Tonight, In the Trailer Park
Cowboy Junkies
86. She's No Lady
Lyle Lovett
87. White Freight Liner Blues
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
88. Amelia Earhart vs. The Dancing Bear
The Handsome Family
89. Hot Rail
Calexico
90. Clogger
16 Horsepower
91. Sweet, Sweet Baby (I'm Falling)
Lone Justice
92. Burying Geraldine
Freakwater
93. Blue Canoe
Blue Mountain
94. Gotta Get Back
Shelby Lynne
95. When Leon Spinx Moved to Town
Califone
96. Sick of Goodbyes
Sparklehorse
97. Cursed Sleep
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
98. Barton Hollow
The Civil Wars
99. Lost Highway
The Mekons
100. Harriet Tubman's Gonna Carry Me Home
The Long Ryders

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Last Updated: 2012-07-09
Newly added names are in Red