Late singer Tammy Wynette's hit STAND BY YOUR MAN has been voted the top song in country music history.

The list of the 100 top country songs was compiled by American cable network COUNTRY MUSIC TELEVISION (CMT), and revealed in a concert last night (04JUN03) on the eve of Nashville, Tennessee's annual FAN FAIR country music festival.

CMT asked music critics, historians and journalists to identify the genre's greatest songs. They came up with 600 titles.

That list went to voting members of the Country Music Association, which consists of songwriters, musicians, singers and other industry insiders, who whittled it down to 100 songs and ranked them.

Wynette's plea to women to forgive their wayward men came out on top.

The top 10 is as follows:

1. STAND BY YOUR MAN - TAMMY WYNETTE

2. HE STOPPED LOVING HER TODAY - GEORGE JONES

3. CRAZY - PATSY CLINE

4. RING OF FIRE - JOHNNY CASH

5. YOUR CHEATIN' HEART - HANK WILLIAMS

6. FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES - GARTH BROOKS

7. I FALL TO PIECES - PATSY CLINE

8. GALVESTON - GLEN CAMPBELL

9. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS - CHARLIE RICH

10. MOMMAS DON'T LET YOUR BABIES GROW UP TO BE COWBOYS - WAYLON JENNINGS AND Willie Nelson

05/06/2003 21:21