Here at KXRB, we've paired some of the greatest country music songs of all-time against each other to find out which one will be the champion.

Our 16 song tournament will feature legendary songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.

It's quite the list, indeed. Take a look at the competition:

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  • George Strait, Amarillo By Morning
  • Garth Brooks, Friends in Low Places
  • Kenny Rogers, The Gambler
  • Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, Pancho & Lefty
  • Loretta Lynn, Coal Miner's Daughter
  • Alan Jackson, Chattahoochee
  • Dolly Parton, Jolene
  • Willie Nelson, On the Road Again
  • Tanya Tucker, Delta Dawn
  • Brooks and Dunn, Boot Scootin' Boogie
  • Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, Islands in the Stream
  • Johnny Cash, Ring of Fire
  • Randy Travis, Forever and Ever Amen
  • Merle Haggard, Okie From Muskogee
  • Ronnie Milsap, Smoky Mountain Rain
  • George Jones, He Stopped Loving Her Today

Today's matchup features two legendary artists whose careers span decades.

For Dolly, this is arguably her most enduring song. The title, Jolene, was inspired by an encounter Parton had with a 10-year old fan, where she asked the girl's name and the song just came out of her right then and there.

It's up against Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson's 1983 iconic song, Pancho and Lefty. The song was originally written by the late, Townes Van Zandt and released in the early 1970s. This was also covered by Emmylou Harris and folk singer Hoyt Axton, both in 1977.

Vote in the poll at the top of this post and make sure to come on back for tomorrow's matchup!

Story Source: Taste of Country

Story Source: Songfacts

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