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100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time

From "Blue Moon of Kentucky" to the Paisley croon of modern Nashville

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79. Garth Brooks, 'The Dance' (1989)

The second Number One single off Garth Brooks' debut LP, "The Dance" is a better-to-have-loved-and-lost slow jam that co-writer Tony Arata had been playing to open mic nights since he had moved to Nashville a few years earlier. "The only folks listening, however, were other songwriters," remembers Arata. When Brooks first heard him play "The Dance," he swore he would record the song if he ever got signed. By Linda Ryan

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