40 Best Cowboy-themed Songs for a Country Wedding Playlist

Updated November 20, 2023 | Written by Matthew Campbell

What better way to celebrate the American cowboy than a list of cowboy songs? Cowboys are horse riding, gun carrying, cowboy hat-wearing, cowboy boots wearing, cattle driving, and tough as nails.

A great day to play cowboy songs is on the 4th Saturday in July – the Day of the Cowboy.

Cowboy Songs in the title

Cowboys are out in the field rain or shine producing the best beef for all to eat (among other things). When you think of cowboy songs, you automatically think of country music.

However, not all songs on our list are of the country genre. We also included different styles of rock and R&B.

  1. “Cowboy Take Me Away” by The Chicks (Country – 1999)
  2. “Cowboy” by Kid Rock (Rock – 1998)
  3. “Cowboy Casanova” by Carrie Underwood (Country – 2009)
  4. “The Cowboy In Me” by Tim McGraw (Country – 2001)
  5. “Cowboy Up” by Amy Clawson (Country – 2007)
  6. “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” by Toby Keith (Country – 1993)
  7. “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)” by Big & Rich (Country – 2004)
  8. “cowboy in LA” by LANY (Pop – 2020)
  9. “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson (Country – 1978)
  10. “Cowboy” by Emma White (Country – 2022)
  11. “Cowboi Boogie” by Meechie, Big Mucci (Dance – 2020)
  12. “Cowboy Take Me Away” by Carly Pearce (Country – 2020)
  13. “The Cowboy Rides Away” by George Strait (Country – 1984)
  14. “Cowboy like me” by Taylor Swift (Alternative – 2020)
  15. “Cowboys Like Us” by George Strait (Country – 2003)
  16. “Cowboys and Angels” by Dustin Lynch (Country – 2012)
  17. “Cowboys and Angels” by Jesse Murph (Pop – 2023)
  18. “Love Is A Cowboy” by Kelsea Ballerini (Country – 2022)
  19. “Cowboy Like Me” by Cody Johnson (Country – 2014)
  20. “Cowboy Boots” by Dierks Bentley, Ashley McBryde (Country – 2023)

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cowboy in LA – LANY
Released in 2020 on the album mama’s boy

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

But I got a different kind of heart
I’m a cowboy, a cowboy in L.A.
A cowboy in L.A.

Like A Cowboy – Parker McCollum
Released in 2020 on the album Hollywood Gold

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Say goodbye to the things that I’ve done
And I’ll fly like the wind to the sunset
Just like a cowboy should do

A Few More Cowboys – Toby Keith
Released in 2020 on the album A Few More Cowboys

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

With a few more yes ma’ams and a lot less yes man
This world would be a better place to live in
With a few more cowboys

Ain’t Always The Cowboy – Jon Pardi
Released in 2019 on the album Heartache Medication

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Searchin’ for somethin’
Leavin’ love in the dust of a midnight Chevrolet
It ain’t always the cowboy that rides away

Ghetto Cowboy – YelaWolf
Released in 2019 on the album Ghetto Cowboy

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Downhill with no brakes, m’r
M.W.A., yeah, m’r
Ghetto cowboy (Ooh)


Broken Cowboy – The Dead South
Released in 2019 on the album Sugar & Joy

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Well I, I am a broken Cowboy
And I don’t feel right no more
‘Cause I am a broken Cowboy

Space Cowboy – Kacey Musgraves
Released in 2018 on the album Golden Hour

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

When a horse wants to run
There ain’t no sense in closing the gate
You can have your space, cowboy

A Cowboy Can – Josh Ward
Released in 2018 on the album More Than I Deserve

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

A cowboy can, a real cowboy will
Turn his collar up high with his back to the wind, sling that saddle on again
Well the nights get cold and the highway never ends
Not many folks can live this life, but a cowboy can

Hippies and Cowboys – Cody Jinks
Released in 2018 on the album Less Wise

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Yeah, tomorrow I’ll be gone
So tonight everybody just sing along
Raising hell with the hippies and the cowboys

Cowboys and Angels – Dustin Lynch
Released in 2012
Genre: Country

Lyric Quote:

My touch is her temptation
Her kiss is my salvation
She’s sweet, I’m wild, we’re dangerous
Cowboys and angels


Cowboy’s Back In Town – Trace Adkins
Released in 2010 on the album Cowboy’s Back in Town

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

This high rise life she’s living is beginning to get her down
But it’s all better now, it’s so much better now, its all better now
‘Cause her cowboy’s back in town

My Cowboy – Jessie James
Released in 2009 on the album Jessie James

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Show me off to all your friends
Rub my back and call me baby
If you wanna be my cowboy

Cowboy Casanova – Carrie Underwood
Released in 2009
Genre: Country

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

He’s a good time cowboy Casanova
Leaning up against the record machine
He looks like a cool drink of water
But he’s candy-coated misery

American Cowboy – Jada
Released in 2009 on the album American Cowboy

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

What would you do? Would you sacrifice it all for me?
How would you like if I woo-woo-yeah?
I need an all American cowboy

100% Cowboy – Jason Meadows
Released in 2007 on the album 100% Cowboy

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Well I’m up at the crack of dawn work till the suns gone. I ain’t got time for no crap.
No in not one of them posing pretty boys.
I’m an every day all the way 100% cowboy


Asphalt Cowboy – Jason Aldean
Released in 2005 on the album Jason Aldean

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Girl that’s what I miss
Still I drive there horses through the rain and snow
This high-speed rodeo is all I know

Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy) – Big & Rich
Released in 2004
Genre: Country

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

And the girls say
Save a horse, ride a cowboy.
Everybody says
Save a horse, Ride a cowboy

The Cowboy In Me – Tim McGraw
Released in 2001 on the album Set This Circus Down

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

The me that’s never satisfied
The face that’s in the mirror when I don’t like what I see
I guess that’s just the cowboy in me

Cowboy Take Me Away – The Chicks
Released in 1999
Genre: Country

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Cowboy take me away
Fly this girl as high as you can into the wild blue
Set me free, oh, I pray
Closer to heaven above and closer to you

Cowboy – Kid Rock
Released in 1999
Genre: Rap Rock

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

(West Coast Chillin’ with the Boone’s wine) I want to be a cowboy, baby
(Ridin’ at night ’cause I sleep all day) cowboy, baby
(I can smell a pig from a mile away)


Cocaine Cowboys – W.A.S.P.
Released in 1999 on the album Helldorado

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Oh gotta yell, cowboys from hell
Oh I’m in a Devil’s haze
I’m on the trail and I’m riding the rails
Oh I’m getting blown away

Ghetto Cowboy – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Released in 1998 on the album Chapter II: Family Reunion

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

You better count your money
You better count your money (Ghetto Cowboy)

Where Have All The Cowboys Gone? – Paula Cole
Released in 1997
Genre: Rock

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Where is my prairie song
Where is my happy ending?
Where have all the cowboys gone

Cowboy Love – John Michael Montgomery
Released in 1995 on the album John Michael Montgomery

Space Cowboy – Jamiroquai
Released in 1994 on the album The Return of the Space Cowboy

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

This is the return of the space cowboy
Interplanetary, good vibe zone
Say, at the speed of cheeba, help me go deeper


Should’ve Been A Cowboy – Toby Keith
Released in 1993
Genre: Country

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I should’ve been a cowboy
I should’ve learned to rope and ride
Wearin’ my six-shooter, ridin’ my pony on a cattle drive

Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy – Chris Ledoux
Released in 1992 on the album Whatcha Gonna Do with a Cowboy

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I’ve got half a mind to stay
What’cha gonna do with a cowboy
When he don’t saddle up and ride away

Cowboys From Hell – Pantera
Released in 1990
Genre: Heavy Metal

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Ain’t talking no tall tales friend
‘Cause high noon, your doom
Comin’ for you we’re the cowboys from hell

Modern Day Cowboy – Tesla
Released in 1986 on the album Mechanical Resonance

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

For a cowboy (cowboy) of the modern day
Come on, sundown, don’t be hangin’ ’round
‘Cause the cowboy (cowboy) will blow you away

I Wanna Be A Cowboy – Boys Don’t Cry
Released in 1985 on the album Boys Don’t Cry

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I wanna be a cowboy
And you can be my cowgirl
I wanna be a cowboy


Don’t Call Him Cowboy – Conway Twitty
Released in 1985 on the album Don’t Call Him a Cowboy

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Lord, you won’t be satisfied
So don’t call him a cowboy
Until you’ve seen him ride

The Cowboy Rides Away – George Strait
Released in 1985 on the album Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Setting on the things I wish I’d done
Oh, the last goodbye’s the hardest one to say
This is where the cowboy rides away

This Cowboy’s Hat – Chris Ledoux
Released in 1982 on the album Used to Want to Be a Cowboy

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

You’ll rope an ol’ blue northern, and milk it ’til it’s dry
Bulldog the Mississippi, pin its ears down flat
Long before you take this cowboy’s hat

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys – Willie Nelson
Released in 1979 on the album The Electric Horseman

Lyric Quote:

My heroes have always been cowboys
And they still are, it seems
Sadly, in search of, and one step in back of

Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys – Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
Released in 1978
Genre: Country

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys
Don’t let ’em pick guitars or drive them old trucks
Let ’em be doctors and lawyers and such


Cosmic Cowboy, Pt. 1 – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Released in 1976 on the album Dirt, Silver and Gold

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

And I just wanna be a cosmic cowboy
I just wanna ride and rope and hoot (hoot!)
Well I just wanna be a cosmic cowboy
Talkin’ ’bout a supernatural country rockin’ galoot

Rhinestone Cowboy – Glen Campbell
Released in 1975
Genre: Country

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Like a rhinestone cowboy
Riding out on a horse in a star-spangled rodeo
Like a rhinestone cowboy
Getting cards and letters from people I don’t even know

Faster Horses (The Cowboy And The Poet) – Tom T. Hall
Released in 1975 on the album Faster Horses

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

He was an old time cowboy
Don’t you understand
His eyes were sharp as razor blades
His face was leather tanned

Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy – Elton John
Released in 1975 on the album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

Out for the count and when we’re down
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
From the end of the world to your town

Cowboys To Girls – The Intruders
Released in 1968 on the album Cowboys to Girls

Most Meaningful Lyrics:

I went from (Cowboys to girls)
Oh, yes, I did (Shoot ’em up, bang, bang)
(Cowboys to girls)


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