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Ken Burns Country Music Documentary Soundtrack


You can’t have a 16-hour country music documentary without an equally massive soundtrack.

As fans begin to watch Ken Burns’ eight-part documentary “Country Music” on PBS, they’ll also hear some of the genre’s most influential songs.

We’ve broken down the soundtrack into episodes below.

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Episode 1

  1. “Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Goodbye and Goodbye)” by The Carter Family
  2. “Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)” by Jimmie Rodgers
  3. “Barbara Allen” by Bradley Kincaid
  4. “I Will Fly” by James and Martha Carson
  5. “If the River Were Whiskey” by Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers
  6. “Fox Chase” by DeFord Bailey
  7. “Blue Yodel Number 9 (Standin’ on the Corner):” door Jimmie Rodgers
  8. “Wildwood Flower” by The Carter Family
  9. “In Jail Now” by Jimmie Rodgers
  10. “Comin’ Round the Mountain” by Uncle Dave Macon and Sam McGee
  11. “Pretty Polly” by the Coon Creek Girls
  12. “TB Blues” by Jimmie Rodgers

Episode 2

  1. “Mountain Dew” by Grandpa Jones and His Grandchildren
  2. “The House on the Beach” by Gene Autry
  3. “I Wanna Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” by Patsy Montana and the Prairie Ramblers
  4. “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” by Sons of the Pioneers
  5. “Stay on the Sunny Side / Thinking About My Blue Eyes Tonight” by The Carter Family
  6. “The Great Spotted Bird” by Roy Acuff
  7. “Whoa Babe” by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys
  8. “New San Antonio Rose” by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys
  9. “Wabash Cannon Ball” by Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys
  10. “Mule Skinner Blues” by Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys

Episode 3

  1. “Honky Tonkin'” by Hank Williams and His Drifting Cowboys
  2. “It’s Mighty Dark to Travel” by Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys
  3. “New Mule Skinner Blues” by Maddox Brothers and Rose
  4. “I’ll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms)” by Eddy Arnold and His Tennessee Plowmen
  5. “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” by Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys
  6. “Molly and Tenbrook” by The Stanley Brothers
  7. Hank Williams’ “Lovesick Blues” with his Drifting Cowboys
  8. “I Saw the Light” by Hank Williams
  9. “Hey, Good Lookin'” by Hank Williams
  10. “Honky Tonk Angels Didn’t God Made” by Kitty Wells
  11. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” by Hank Williams with his drifting cowboys

Episode 4

  1. “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” by Little Brenda Lee
  2. “New Step It Up and Go” by Maddox Brothers and Rose
  3. “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two
  4. “Crazy Arms” by Ray Price
  5. “Goodbye Love” by The Everly Brothers
  6. “The Long Black Veil” by Lefty Frizzell
  7. “El Paso” by Marty Robbins
  8. “Nightlife” by Ray Price
  9. “Hello Walls” by Faron Young
  10. “I’m Falling Apart” by Patsy Cline
  11. “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash
  12. “Crazy” by Patsy Cline
  13. “I Can’t Stop Loving You” by Ray Charles

Episode 5

  1. “Dang Me” by Roger Miller
  2. “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail” by Buck Owens
  3. “Don’t Come Home Drinking (With Love On Your Mind)” by Loretta Lynn
  4. “The Coal Miner’s Daughter” by Lorette Lynn
  5. “Kiss an Angel Good Morning” door Charley Pride
  6. “Hungry Eyes” by Merle Haggard and the Outsiders
  7. “Mama Tried” by Merle Haggard and the Outsiders
  8. “Harper Valley PTA” by Jeannie C. Riley
  9. “Don’t Touch Me” by Jeannie Seely
  10. Folson Prison Blues by Johnny Cash

Episode 6

  1. “Stand by Your Man” door Tammy Wynette
  2. “She Thinks I Still Care” by George Jones
  3. “You’re Going Nowhere” door The Byrds
  4. “Me and Bobby McGee” by Kris Kristofferson
  5. “Help Me Get Through the Night” by Sammi Smith
  6. “Sunday Morning Coming Down” by Kris Kristofferson
  7. “Okie from Muskogee” by Merle Haggard and the Outsiders
  8. Johnny Cash’s “Man in Black”
  9. “Girl from the North Country” by Bob Dylan with Johnny Cash
  10. “Grand Ole Opry Song” by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  11. “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Episode 7

  1. “Are You Sure Hank Did It That Way” door Waylon Jennings
  2. “Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)” by Dolly Parton
  3. “Jolene” by Dolly Parton
  4. “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton
  5. “We’re Gonna Hold On” by George Jones and Tammy Wynette
  6. “Texas Cookin'” by Guy Clark
  7. “If I Needed You” by Townes Van Zandt
  8. “I Can’t Stop Loving You” by Johnny Rodriguez
  9. “I’m Long Gone (But I’ll Be Long Gone)” by Waylon Jennings
  10. “Love Hurts (Live)” by Gram Parsons and the Fallen Angels
  11. Boulder in Birmingham by Emmylou Harris
  12. “Bluebird Wine” by Emmylou Harris
  13. “Whiskey River” by Willie Nelson
  14. “Miles and Miles of Texas” by Asleep at the wheel
  15. “Blue Eyes Cry in the Rain” by Willie Nelson
  16. “Woman with a Kind Heart” by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
  17. “Family Tradition” by Hank Williams, Jr.
  18. “Seven Year Ache” by Rosanne Cash
  19. “Pancho and Lefty” by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
  20. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones

Episode 8

  1. “Don’t Go Over Your Raisins” by Ricky Skaggs
  2. “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson
  3. “Morning Amarillo” by George Strait
  4. “Someone Should Go” by Reba McEntire
  5. Diggin’ Up Bones by Randy Travis
  6. “Why Not Me” by The Judds (Wynonna and Naomi)
  7. “Honky Tonk Man” by Dwight Yoakam
  8. “The Streets of Bakersfield” by Dwight Yoakum with Buck Owens
  9. “Where Have You Been” by Kathy Mattea
  10. “I’m No Stranger to Rain” by Keith Whitley
  11. “Go and Rest High on That Mountain” by Vince Gill
  12. “Guitar Town” by Steve Earle
  13. “She’s in Love with the Boy” by Trisha Yearwood
  14. Tennessee Flat Top Box by Rosanne Cash
  15. “Get Up John” by Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers
  16. “Uncle Pen” by Ricky Skaggs
  17. “I Still Miss Someone” by Rosanne Cash
  18. “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

You can also listen to the soundtrack on Spotify below.