48 Songs about Cowboys (Traditional, Modern, Pop & More)

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48 Songs about Cowboys (Traditional, Modern, Pop & More)

The image of a cowboy is a powerful one, tied in intrinsically with the American spirit.

In fact, cowboys and the United States are so closely linked that it’s impossible to think of America without imaging those wild men taming the west and paving the way for the America we know.

I. Traditional Cowboy Songs

A traditional cowboy song speaks to the romance and drama of the old west and gives us a sense of longing and desire for a time more spartan than the one we find ourselves in today.

1) The Last Cowboy Song

Artist: The Highwaymen
Album: Highwayman
Year: 1985
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The Highwaymen were a supergroup formed by some of the greats of the country scene; Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson. You can’t get closer to the traditional cowboy than that!

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2) Back in The Saddle Again

Artist: Gene Autry
Album: Back in the Saddle Again
Year: 1939
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3) Goodnight Irene

Artist: The Weavers
Album: The Weavers Greatest Hits
Year: 2001
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4) Patrick

Artist: Mike Beck
Album: Mariposa Wind
Year: 2001
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5) The Vaquero Song

Artist: Dave Stamey
Album: Tonopah
Year: 1999
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6) Someday Soon

Artist: Ian Tyson
Album: Live at Longview
Year: 2002
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II. Modern Cowboy Songs

Country music, and the cowboys that sit central to the genre, have been swift to change with the modern world while still maintaining their original charm and sound.

The subject matter of the tracks may change somewhat, but the sounds remain the same.

1) Cowboy Like Me

Artist: Taylor Swift
Album: Evermore
Year: 2020
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2) Cowgirl Ballade

Artist: Whiskey Country Band
Album: Pop Country Ballades
Year: 2018
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3) Like A Cowboy

Artist: Parker McCollum
Album: Hollywood Gold
Year: 2020
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4) Broken Cowboy

Artist: Dead South
Album: Sugar and Joy
Year: 2019
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5) Hippies and Cowboys

Artist: Cody Jinks
Album: Less Wise
Year: 2018
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6) A Few More Cowboys

Artist: Toby Keith
Album: A Few More Cowboys
Year: 2020
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III. Pop Cowboy Songs

1)   Welcome To the Future

Artist: Brad Paisley
Album: American Saturday Night
Year: 2009
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2) Queen of Hearts

Artist: Juice Newton
Album: Juice
Year: 1981
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3) I Hope You Dance

Artist: Lee Ann Womack
Album: I Hope You Dance
Year: 2000
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4) Before He Cheats

Artist: Carrie Underwood
Album: Some Hearts
Year: 2005
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5) Follow Your Arrow

Artist: Kacey Musgraves
Album: Same Trailer Different Park
Year: 2013
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6)   Mean

Artist: Taylor Swift
Album: Speak Now
Year: 2010
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IV. Country Cowboy Songs

1)   Cowgirls Don’t Cry

Artist: Brookes and Dunn
Album: Cowboy Town
Year: 2008
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2) How About Them Cowgirls

Artist: George Strait
Album: It Just Comes Natural
Year: 2006
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3) Buckaroogirl

Artist: Adrian
Album: Buckaroogirl
Year: 2012
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4) Mammas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys

Artist: Waylon Jennings
Album: Waylon and Willie
Year: 1978
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5) That’s why God loves cowboys

Artist: Aaron Watson
Album: The Underdog
Year: 2015
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6) God must be a cowboy

Artist: Dan Seals
Album: Rebel Heart
Year: 1987
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V. Classic Cowboy Song

1)  I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart

Artist: Patsy Montana
Album: Cowboy’s Sweetheart
Year: 1935
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Patsy Montana’s quintessential classic cowboy song, I want to be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart, speaks to a simpler time in the United States. This song asks that Patsy be the love of a physical cowboy and speaks to the need to attain the cowboy lifestyle.

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2)   My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

Artist: Willie Nelson
Album: The Electric Horsemen
Year: 1980
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Part of the movie’s soundtrack from where the track gets its name, it spent two full weeks at number one on the Country Charts.

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3) El Paso

Artist: Marty Robbins
Album: Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs
Year: 1959
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4) In the Real West

Artist: Tish Hinojosa
Album: Culture Swing
Year: 1992
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5) High Noon

Artist: Tex Ritter
Album: His Best
Year: 1962
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6)   South Coast

Artist: Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
Album: Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
Year: 1995
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VI. Love Cowboy Songs

Love is a major theme in many cowboy-related songs, mainly female musicians. In most cases, the artist is pining over a love that does not yet exist, and the object of their desires is most an ethereal idea of what it is to be a cowboy.

1)   A Cowboy’s Ways

Artist: Dolly Parton
Album: That’s the Way a Cowboy Rocks and Rolls
Year: November 1978
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2) Cowboy, Take Me Away

Artist: Dixie Chicks
Album: Fly
Year: November 1999
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3) Cowboy Casanova

Artist: Carrie Underwood
Album: Play on
Year: 2009
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4) I Want a Cowboy

Artist: Reba McEntire
Album: Keep on Loving You
Year: 2009
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5) Rodeo and Juliet

Artist: Garth Brooks
Album: Man Against Machine
Year: 2014
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5) Rodeo and Juliet

Artist: Garth Brooks
Album: Man Against Machine
Year: 2014
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6) Renegade Runaway

Artist: Carrie Underwood
Album: Storyteller
Year: 2015
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VII. Rap Cowboy Song

1) Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy

Artist: Big and Rich
Album: Horse of a Different Color
Year: 2004
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This clever song by Big and Rich takes a slightly different approach to the Cowboy ideal. Instead of focusing on the stoic and dependable nature of the Cowboy, this duo invites us to hop on and spread some love for them, focusing more on the play on words than on the cowboy themselves.

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2) Ghetto Cowboy

Artist: YelaWolf
Album: Ghetto Cowboy
Year: 2019
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3) Old Town Road

Artist: Lil Nas x Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
Album: 7 EP
Year: 2019
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A genuinely visionary song in our time, Old Town Road is the very first single that Lil Nas brought to mainstream media, cementing Country Rap and Country Trap as viable musical genres.

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4)   Cowboy

Artist: Kid Rock
Album: Devil Without a Cause
Year: 1999
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5) The Git Up

Artist: Blanco Brown
Album: Honeysuckle and Lightning Bugs
Year: 2019
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6) Country Rap

Artist: Bellamy Brothers
Album: Country Rap
Year: 1986
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VIII. Cowboy Titled Songs

1) Rhinestone Cowboy

Artist: Glen Campbell
Album: Rhinestone Cowboy
Year: 1975
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In this song, Campbell presents us with the vision of an adored cowboy, as spangled as the flag that undoubtedly flies above him.

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2) This Cowboy’s Hat

Artist: Chris LeDoux
Album: Used to Want to be a Cowboy
Year: 1982
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3) Cowboys and Angels

Artist: Dustin Lynch
Album: Dustin Lynch
Year: 2012
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4) Space Cowboy

Artist: Kasey Musgraves
Album: Golden Hours
Year: 2018
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5) Ain’t Always the Cowboy

Artist: Jon Pardi
Album: Heartache Medication
Year: 2019
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6) When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings

Artist: Willie Watson and Tim Blake Nelson
Album: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Year: 2018
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