Country singers are famous for writing songs about their pain, which is why we’ve put together this list of our favorite country songs about being hurt. We think these are some of the best country songs about hurting from love, a fight in a relationship, or just being in pain in general. From Johnny Cash to Jerry Lee Lewis, this list features some country artists who really know a thing or two about pain. Take Jason Isbell’s “Elephant” for example- a country song about hurting because a loved one is dying of cancer. Some of these songs are pretty darn glum, but what were you expecting from a list of country songs about feeling hurt?
We love hearing from you guys when it comes to song suggestions, so let us know what your favorite country song about hurting is if it’s not on our list. We might even add it if we like it enough! We tried to include all songs with “hurt” in the title, but we broke the rule for some exceptions.
1. Johnny Cash- Hurt
Who would have thought that a cover of a Nine Inch Nails song would ever be considered such a country staple? Cash covered the song for his 2002 album American IV: The Man Comes Around, and delivered such an emotional rendition that NIN front-man Trent Reznor admitted that the version was so good that the song wasn’t even his anymore.