6. George Jones - 'He Stopped Loving Her Today'
There are a lot of truly sad country songs, but George Jones' 1980 hit "He Stopped Loving Her Today" stands above almost all of them. It came out years after Jones' commercial peak and he even thought it was too sappy, but he recorded it anyway and it shot to the top of the country charts. Simply put, it's about a guy whose friend holds onto his lost love until the day he dies. She attends his funeral, even though he spent decades pining for her in vain. Other singers would have had difficulty pulling it off, but Jones managed to convey the song without a hint of sap. Alan Jackson sang the song at his funeral earlier this year.