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George Strait's 10 Best Texas Songs

On Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, George Strait will ride away into the sunset as he concludes his long-running touring career. Though he will keep recording and will occasionally play the one-off gig, the days of taking another Strait show for granted appear to be over.

Before frat boys started singing about tubes on the Guadalupe River or Shiner Bock, King George introduced the country to the raw, free-wheeling sounds of Texas dancehalls when popular country music in the early 1980s was riddled with schlocky orchestral arrangements and pop crossover artists. (You know, like modern-day mainstream country.) He picked up where legends such as Bob Wills and Ernest Tubb left off and forced the industry, and a nation, to pay attention to what was going on south of the Red River.

We could go on and on about the greatness of Strait, but for now, let's focus on 10 of his greatest Texas songs.

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Kelly Dearmore