Grammy Award for Best Country Song

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The Grammy Award for Best Country Song (sometimes known as the Country Songwriter's Award) has been awarded since 1965. The award is given to the writer(s) of the song, not to the artist, except if the artist is also the songwriter.

There have been several minor changes to the name of the award:

  • From 1965 to 1968 it was known as Best Country & Western Song
  • From 1969 to 1983 it was awarded as Best Country Song
  • In 1984 it was awarded as Best New Country Song
  • From 1985 to the present it has again been awarded as Best Country Song

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for music released in the previous year.


Year Songwriter(s) Title Artist Nominees
(Performer(s) in parenthesis)
2015 Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" Glen Campbell [1]
2014 Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne "Merry Go 'Round" Kacey Musgraves [2]
2013 Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins "Blown Away" Carrie Underwood
2012 Taylor Swift "Mean" Taylor Swift
2011 Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott "Need You Now" Lady Antebellum
2010 Liz Rose & Taylor Swift "White Horse" Taylor Swift


Year Songwriter(s) Work Performing artist(s) Nominees Ref.
2009 Jennifer Nettles "Stay" Sugarland
2008 Chris Tompkins & Josh Kear "Before He Cheats" Carrie Underwood
2007 Hillary Lindsey, Brett James & Gordie Sampson "Jesus, Take the Wheel" Carrie Underwood
2006 Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna & Marcus Hummon "Bless the Broken Road" Rascal Flatts
2005 Tim Nichols & Craig Wiseman "Live Like You Were Dying" Tim McGraw

"Beer for My Horses" (Scotty Emerick & Toby Keith) Willie Nelson & Toby Keith

"Celebrity" (Brad Paisley) Brad Paisley

"Forever And For Always" (Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Shania Twain) Shania Twain

"Wave on Wave" (Pat Green, David Neuhauser & Justin Pollard) Pat Green

"The Impossible" (Kelley Lovelace & Lee Thomas Miller) Joe Nichols

"Long Time Gone" (Darrell Scott) Dixie Chicks

"Mendocino County Line" (Matt Serletic & Bernie Taupin) Willie Nelson & Lee Ann Womack

"Three Days" (Radney Foster & Pat Green) Pat Green

"I'm Already There" (Gary Baker, Richie McDonald & Frank Myers) Lonestar

"One More Day" (Steven Dale Jones & Bobby Tomberlin) Diamond Rio

"There Is No Arizona" (Lisa Drew, Jamie O'Neal & Shaye Smith) Jamie O'Neal

"When I Think About Angels" (Roxie Dean, Jamie O'Neal & Sonny Tillis) Jamie O'Neal

"Breathe" (Stephanie Bentley & Holly Lamar) Faith Hill

"Feels Like Love" (Vince Gill) Vince Gill

"One Voice" (Don Cook & David Malloy) Billy Gilman

"The Way You Love Me" (Michael Dulaney & Keith Follese) Faith Hill

"Amazed" (Marv Green, Chris Lindsey and Aimee Mayo) Lonestar

"Choices" (Mike Curtis & Billy Yates) George Jones

"Ready to Run" (Marcus Hummon & Martie Seidel) Dixie Chicks

"Two Teardrops" (Bill Anderson & Steve Wariner) Steve Wariner


"Holes in the Floor of Heaven" (Billy Kirsh and Steve Wariner) Steve Wariner

"If You Ever Have Forever in Mind" (Vince Gill & Troy Seals) Vince Gill

"This Kiss" (Beth Nielsen Chapman, Robin Lerner & Annie Roboff) Faith Hill

"To Make You Feel My Love" (Bob Dylan) Garth Brooks

"All the Good Ones Are Gone" (Pam Tillis) Pam Tillis

"Did I Shave My Legs For This?" (Deana Carter & Rhonda Hart) Deana Carter

"In Another's Eyes" (Bobby Wood, John Peppard & Garth Brooks) Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood

"It's Your Love" (Stephony Smith) Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

"Believe Me Baby (I Lied)" - Angelo Petraglia, Larry Gottlieb & Kim Richey Trisha Yearwood

"High Lonesome Sound" - Vince Gill Vince Gill feat. Alison Krauss & Union Station

"My Wife Thinks You're Dead" - Junior Brown

"Strawberry Wine" - Matraca Berg & Gary Harrison Deana Carter

"Any Man Of Mine" (Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Shania Twain) Shania Twain

"Gone Country" (Bob McDill) Alan Jackson

"I Can Love You Like That" (Maribeth Derry, Steve Diamond & Jennifer Kimball) John Michael Montgomery

"You Don't Even Know Who I Am" (Gretchen Peters) Patty Loveless

"How Can I Help You Say Goodbye" (Burton Banks Collins & Karen Taylor Good) Patty Loveless

"Independence Day" (Gretchen Peters) Martina McBride

"Shut Up and Kiss Me" (Mary Chapin Carpenter) Mary Chapin Carpenter

"When Love Finds You" (Vince Gill & Michael Omartian) Vince Gill

"Ain't That Lonely Yet" (Kostas & James House) Dwight Yoakam

"Chattahoochee" (Alan Jackson & Jim McBride) Alan Jackson

"Does He Love You" (Sandy Knox & Billy Stretch) Reba McEntire & Linda Davis

"The Hard Way" (Mary Chapin Carpenter) Mary Chapin Carpenter

"I Feel Lucky" (Mary Chapin Carpenter & Don Schlitz) Mary Chapin Carpenter

"Achy Breaky Heart" (Don Von Tress) Billy Ray Cyrus

"She Is His Only Need" (Dave Loggins) Wynonna Judd

"The Greatest Man I Never Knew" (Richard Leigh & Layng Martine, Jr.) Reba McEntire

"Don't Rock The Jukebox" (Alan Jackson, Roger Murrah & Keith Stegall) Alan Jackson

"Down at the Twist and Shout" (Mary-Chapin Carpenter) Mary Chapin Carpenter

"Eagle When She Flies" (Dolly Parton) Dolly Parton

"Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)" (Travis Tritt) Travis Tritt

"Come Next Monday" (K.T. Oslin, Rory Michael Bourke & Charlie Black) K.T. Oslin

"The Dance" (Tony Arata) Garth Brooks

"Friends In Low Places" (DeWayne Blackwell & Earl Bud Lee) Garth Brooks

"When I Call Your Name" (Vince Gill & Tim DuBois) Vince Gill

"A Better Man" (Clint Black & Hayden Nicholas) Clint Black

"Luck in My Eyes" (k.d. lang & Ben Mink) k.d. lang

"She Don't Love Nobody" (John Hiatt) The Desert Rose Band

"There's a Tear in My Beer" (Hank Williams, Sr.) Hank Williams, Sr. & Hank Williams, Jr.


"Chiseled in Stone" (Vern Gosdin & Max Barnes)

"I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried" (Rodney Crowell)

"She's No Lady" (Lyle Lovett)

"Streets of Bakersfield" (Homer Joy) Dwight Yoakam & Buck Owens

"All My Ex's Live In Texas" (Sanger D. Shafer & Lyndia J. Shafer) George Strait

"80's Ladies" (K.T. Oslin)

"I'll Still Be Loving You" (Todd Cerney, Mary Ann Kennedy, Pat Bunch & Pam Rose) Restless Heart

"Telling Me Lies" (Linda Thompson & Betsy Cook)

"Daddy's Hands" (Holly Dunn)

"Guitar Town" (Steve Earle)

"Guitars, Cadillacs" (Dwight Yoakam)

"Whoever's in New England" (Quentin Powers & Kendall Franceschi) Reba McEntire

"Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On" (Bob McDill)

"Desperados Waiting for a Train" (Guy Clark)

"40 Hour Week (For a Livin')" (Dave Loggins, Lisa Silver & Don Schlitz)

"I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me" (Rosanne Cash & Rodney Crowell) Rosanne Cash

"Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night)" (Mike Reid, Troy Seal & Fred Parris) Ronnie Milsap

"Love Is Alive" (Kent M. Robbins)

"All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" (Hank Williams, Jr.)

"Faithless Love" (John David Souther)

"God Bless The USA" (Lee Greenwood)

"Mama He's Crazy" (Kenny O'Dell) The Judds

"Baby I Lied" (Deborah Allen, Rory Bourke & Rafe Van Hoy) Deborah Allen

"I.O.U." (Kerry Chater & Austin Roberts) Lee Greenwood

"Lady Down on Love" (Randy Owen)

"A Little Good News" (Tommy Rocco, Charlie Black & Rory Bourke) Anne Murray

"I'm Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home" (D. Blackwell)

"Nobody" (Kye Flemming & Dennis Morgan) Sylvia

"Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands" (Don Goodman, Pam Rose & Mary Ann Kennedy) Lee Greenwood

"She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)(Tim DuBois)

"Elvira" (Dallas Frazier) Oak Ridge Boys

"I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" (Kye Fleming & Dennis Morgan) Barbara Mandrell

"Somebody's Knockin'" (Ed Penney & Jerry Gillespie) Terri Gibbs

"You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma" (Larry Collins & Sandy Pinkard) David Frizzell & Shelly West

"Drivin' My Life Away" (Eddie Rabbitt, Even Stevens & David Malloy) Eddie Rabbitt

"He Stopped Loving Her Today" (Bobby Braddock & Curly Putman) George Jones

"I Believe in You" (Roger Cook & Sam Hogin) Don Williams

"Lookin' For Love" (Bob Morrison, Wanda Mallette & Patti Ryan) Johnny Lee


Year Winner Nominations
1979 Don Schlitz for "The Gambler" performed by Kenny Rogers
1978 Richard Leigh for "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" performed by Crystal Gayle
1977 Larry Gatlin for "Broken Lady" performed by Larry Gatlin
1976 Chips Moman, Larry Butler for "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" performed by B. J. Thomas
1975 Norro Wilson, Billy Sherrill for "A Very Special Love Song" performed by Charlie Rich
1974 Kenny O'Dell for "Behind Closed Doors" performed by Charlie Rich
1973 Ben Peters for "Kiss An Angel Good Morning" performed by Charley Pride
1972 Kris Kristofferson for "Help Me Make It Through the Night" performed by Sammi Smith
1971 Marty Robbins for "My Woman, My Woman, My Wife" performed by Marty Robbins
1970 Shel Silverstein for "A Boy Named Sue" performed by Johnny Cash


Year Winner Nominations
1969 Bobby Russell for "Little Green Apples", performed by Roger Miller
1968 John Hartford for "Gentle On My Mind" performed by Glen Campbell
1967 Billy Sherrill, Glenn Sutton for "Almost Persuaded" performed by David Houston
1966 Roger Miller for "King of the Road" performed by Miller
1965 Roger Miller for "Dang Me" performed by Roger Miller


  1. ^ List of Nominees 2015
  2. ^ 2014 Nominees