There is a brand new addition to this list of the best Memorial Day songs. Country fans know that each song on this playlist focuses on the men and women who've made the ultimate sacrifice.

Each of these 21 country songs does that in a deeply personal way.

Well-known titles by Tim McGraw, Toby Keith and the Statler Brothers are the go-to songs for any Memorial Day songs list. For this Top 21, we went deeper.

Find an album cut from Chris Young, a modern hit from Justin Moore and a decades-old melody that hits just as hard today as it did when one of country music's best made it famous amid the Vietnam War.

George Jones honored fallen soldiers 10 years before his death. Billy Ray Cyrus' tribute came 20 years prior to that — if nothing else, you're going to discover that country music's commitment to the troops is long-lasting. These aren't easy songs to write, and each requires the kind of connection you just can't fake.

As a general rule, the more tears that fall, the better.

Jamey Johnson will pull a few tears during Memorial Day 2024. His just-released song "21 Songs" is vivid, patient and personal. A stirring second verse feels like a letter he may have written to a son who never came home. It's been awhile, but Johnson just reminded us why he's an all-timer.

For some, Memorial Day has become the unofficial start to summer or an excuse for a long weekend. That's not right. Think of this list of Memorial Day songs as 21 ways to honor the brave American heroes who fought valiantly for our freedom, and then share the song that touched you with someone else.

21 Great Memorial Day Songs

Of course the best Memorial Day songs come from country music greats. Check out the Top 20 songs that honor fallen soldiers, including well-known hits by Toby Keith, Billy Ray Cyrus, the Statler Brothers and more.

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