On May 15, Spotlight channel 4 began airing a countdown of the Top 100 Country Songs. It will repeat several times and run through May 31. I figured the music of the 1920s and '30s would be ignored. I was not expecting that most of the 1940s-50s music would be ignored as well. Eleven Hank Williams songs are on the list but there is nothing by Gene Autry, Bob Wills, Red Foley or Bill Monroe and only two songs by Ernest Tubb and only one song by Kitty Wells.

Eddy Arnold had 146 country hits. Ninety-two of those made the top ten and 28 went to number one. I'll Hold You In My Heart was number one for 21 weeks in 1947. A year later, Bouquet Of Roses spent 19 weeks at number one. Don't Rob Another Man's Castle topped the chart for 12 weeks in 1949. There's Been A Change In Me and I Wanna Play House With You each spent 11 weeks at number one in 1951. Only one – one! – Eddy Arnold song made the list. Make The World Go Away, which was number one for three weeks in December 1965, was #154. Here is the top 30:

1. Friends In Low Places - Garth Brooks
2. Crazy - Patsy Cline
3. Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
4. I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton
5. Springsteen - Eric Church
6. He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones
7. The Devil Went Down To Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
8. King Of The Road - Roger Miller
9. Dirt Road Anthem - Jason Aldean
10. El Paso - Marty Robbins
11. I Fall To Pieces - Patsy Cline
12. The Dance - Garth Brooks
13. On The Road Again - Willie Nelson
14. Mountain Music - Alabama
15. How Forever Feels - Kenny Chesney
16. Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette
17. Livin' On Love - Alan Jackson
18. Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
19. Live Like You Were Dying - Tim McGraw
20. Your Cheatin' Heart - Hank Williams
21. When You Say Nothing At All - Keith Whitley
22. Drink In My Hand - Eric Church
23. Luckenbach Texas - Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson
24. Play It Again - Luke Bryan
25. God Bless The USA - Lee Greenwood
26. Hello Darlin' - Conway Twitty
28. Lookin' For Love - Johnny Lee
29. Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynn
30. It’s A Great Day To Be Alive - Travis Tritt