Country music and dogs are no strangers. From country songs about dogs, to country stars naming their dogs after other country stars, like Carly Pearce’s pups Johnny and June, here’s our list of the best country hits for dog lovers!
“The More Boys I Meet” – Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood‘s love for animals is well-known, as she has adopted several furry friends. In this song, she expresses her love and loyalty for her dogs by singing about how she prefers their company over the men she dates.
The country superstar runs down the list of men she has encountered, describing them as having bad taste and big egos. She notes that this falls flat to the warmth and loyalty of her beloved dogs.
“Ol’ Red” – Blake Shelton
This song is not originally by Shelton but was included on his self-titled debut album back in 2002. James “Bo” Bohan, Don Goodman, and Mark Sherrill were the writers, while George Jones was the original “Ol’ Red”singer in 1990.
In the song, the protagonist is a prisoner who receives an offer to look after the prison’s bloodhound, Ol’ Red, renowned for his ability to track down escapees. The prisoner then devises a successful escape plan that involves the clever use of Ol’ Red.
“Cracker Jack” – Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton‘s nostalgic melody reflects on her childhood companion, an adopted stray dog named Cracker Jack. Her song celebrates the unwavering devotion that dogs offer and the enduring impression they leave even after they’re no longer with us.
“Maggie’s Song” – Chris Stapleton
This song is a meaningful tribute to his family’s dog, Maggie. From bringing her home to her relationship with the Stapleton children, the song remembers the kind heart and joyous energy Maggie brought and will never be forgtton.
“Little Boys Grow Up and Dogs Get Old” – Luke Bryan
Bryan personally wrote the song that narrates the story of a boy who introduces his black lab named Bandit, given to him by his father during his childhood. As he grew up, he fondly recalls the fun memories they shared, such as going on fishing trips and spending summers together. The emotional song relates to any owner who relies on the comfort that their furry friends provides them.
“Can’t Be Replaced” – Dierks Bentley
This song will have you grabbing for the tissues. Dierks Bentley wrote this song in honor of his dog, Jake. Fans of the country singer know how much Bentley loved his dog. So much so, that he was featured on the cover of Bentley’s debut album and even appeared on stage with the singer at the Grand Ole Opry. Sadly, Jake passed in 2016. He was by Bentley’s side for 15 years, experiencing life with him “from a single man to three kids and a wife.”
“All Dogs Go To Heaven” – Chris Young
This sentimental song by Chris Young will make you want to hug your four legged friend a little tighter. The title says it all.. all dogs go to heaven. With lyrics like, “I know he’ll probably go before me / Oh, and that’s the day I’m dreadin’ / But he’ll be waiting on me at the gates / ‘Cause all dogs go to Heaven,” it’s clear the love Chris Young has for his dog, Porter.