1. 'Amarillo By Morning'
Described by Strait as his favourite song he’s ever recorded, the timeless “Amarillo by Morning” remains one of the singer’s most recognized hits. Originally written and recorded by Terry Stafford in 1973, Strait put his own spin on it almost a decade later and took it to the top of the charts, landing at No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
“Amarillo by Morning” is featured on Strait’s second studio album Strait From The Heart, released in 1982
2. 'Check Yes Or No'
This 1995 chart-topper has to be up there with one of the best country love songs ever written. Strait quickly melted hearts with “Check Yes Or No”, which follows two kids who fall in love during their childhood and as the little girl writes her crush a letter asking if he loves her, she tells him to express his feelings by either checking the box labelled “Yes” or “No”. The lovers end up getting married thanks to one simple note – if only life was that easy!
The feel-good chorus will pull on your heartstrings with lyrics like, “Do you love me, do you wanna be my friend / And if you do, well then don't be afraid to take me by the hand”.
There’s no surprise several artists like Taylor Swift and Kane Brown have covered the hit.
3. 'Write This Down'
We’re starting to see a trend with George Strait and his notes. Featured on his 1999 album Always Never the Same , this timeless love song still remains relevant 30 years later. “Write This Down” became Strait’s 35th No. 1 song and remains one of his most successful crossover singles to date.
4. ‘All My Ex’s Live In Texas’
There’s no denying “All My Ex’s Live In Texas” is a classic just by the title of the song. Featured on Ocean Front Property, the mid-tempo track remains a staple in Strait’s catalogue and reflects on the singer’s past lovers, listing all the reasons why he left the Lone Star State for Tennessee.
After its release in 1987, “All My Ex’s Live In Texas” became another one of Strait’s No. 1 hits and was nominated for Best Male Country Vocal Performance at the 1988 Grammy Awards.
5. 'Give It Away'
Featured on his 24th studio album It Just Comes Natural, there’s no song that will pull on your heartstrings like “Give It Away”. Written for Strait by Jamey Johnson, the hit helped the King of Country pass Conway Twitty for the most No. 1 songs in country music history, becoming Strait’s 41st chart topper.
In addition to making history, “Give It Away” was the most-awarded song of the year, winning both Single and Song of the Year at the 2007 ACM Awards and 2007 CMA Awards.
6. 'I Got A Car'
It may be one of Strait's recent tunes but “I Got A Car” definitely cracks the top 10. Even in 2013, with the country music genre shifting, Strait proved he could still release a timeless country love song and make it a success.
7. 'I Saw God Today'
“I Saw God Today” is another one of Strait’s recent tracks but an unforgettable one. Just as fans might be dipping their toes into more contemporary country music, Strait quickly reminded everyone of his power to stop everyone in their tracks upon their first time hearing one of his songs. The heartwarming track debuted at No. 19 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, giving the singer the highest debut of his career and his 43rd No. 1.
"I Saw God Today" also took home Single of the Year at the 2008 CMA Awards.
8. 'You Look So Good In Love'
Dedicated to an ex-lover, Strait touched the hearts of many fans with “You Look So Good in Love”. The bittersweet tale follows a man looking back at a former flame who is now in love with someone else and he realizes how happy she is now that she’s found true love.
Released as the lead single off his 1983 album Right or Wrong, “You Look So Good in Love” became Strait’s third No. 1 song on the country charts.
8. 'The Best Day'
Any parent will truly appreciate this heartwarming tale about a father’s advice to his son throughout his life. As the song progresses, the boy grows from childhood to teenager and eventually adulthood. With its relatability and Strait’s honest delivery, it’s no surprise “The Best Day” spent three weeks at No. 1 after its release in 2000.
10. 'Carrying Your Love With Me'
“Carrying Your Love With Me” is just another example of Strait’s lyrics sticking with you, even 23 years after its release. The romantic ballad follows a man who leaves his lover for long periods of time but has her in his mind wherever he goes.
“Carrying Your Love With Me” made its way to the top of the Billboard charts in 1997 and contributed to the extreme success of his album of the same name.