As we prepare for Country Music’s Biggest Night, The CMA Awards, we take a moment to salute the former CMA Song of the Year winners.

Are you surprised at some of the songs? Would you have voted for any of these hits? Is your favorite tune missing from the list? Leave your comments, suggestions, and memories in the comment section below.

CMA Song of the Year Winners (award to songwriter)

1967 ”There Goes My Everything;” Dallas Frazier
1968 ”Honey;” Bobby Russell
1969 ”Carroll County Accident;” Bob Ferguson
1970 ”Sunday Morning Coming Down;” Kris Kristofferson
1971 ”Easy Loving;” Freddie Hart
1972 ”Easy Loving;” Freddie Hart
1973 ”Behind Closed Doors;” Kenny O’Dell
1974 ”Country Bumpkin;” Don Wayne
1975 ”Back Home Again;” John Denver
1976 ”Rhinestone Cowboy;” Larry Weiss
1977 ”Lucille;” Roger Bowling and Hal Bynum
1978 ”Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue;” Richard Leigh
1979 ”The Gambler;” Don Schlitz
1980 ”He Stopped Loving Her Today;” Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman
1981 ”He Stopped Loving Her Today;” Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman
1982 ”Always On My Mind;” Johnny Christopher, Wayne Carson and Mark James
1983 ”Always On My Mind;” Johnny Christopher, Wayne Carson and Mark James
1984 ”Wind Beneath My Wings;” Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar
1985 ”God Bless The USA;” Lee Greenwood
1986 ”On The Other Hand;” Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz
1987 ”Forever And Ever, Amen;” Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz
1988 ”80s Ladies;” K.T. Oslin
1989 ”Chiseled In Stone;” Max D. Barnes and Vern Gosdin
1990 ”Where’ve You Been;” Jon Vezner and Don Henry
1991 ”When I Call Your Name;” Vince Gill and Tim DuBois
1992 ”Look At Us;” Vince Gill and Max D. Barnes
1993 ”I Still Believe In You;” Vince Gill and John Barlow Jarvis
1994 ”Chattahoochee;” Alan Jackson and Jim McBride
1995 ”Independence Day;” Gretchen Peters
1996 ”Go Rest High On That Mountain;” Vince Gill
1997 ”Strawberry Wine;” Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison
1998 ”Holes In The Floor Of Heaven;” Billy Kirsch and Steve Wariner
1999 ”This Kiss;” Annie Roboff; Robin Lerner and Beth Nielsen Chapman
2000 ”I Hope You Dance;” Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers
2001 ”Murder On Music Row;” Larry Cordle and Larry Shell
2002 ”Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning);” Alan Jackson
2003 ”Three Wooden Crosses;” Doug Johnson and Kim Williams
2004 ”Live Like You Were Dying;” Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman
2005 ”Whiskey Lullaby;” Bill Anderson and Jon Randall
2006 ”Believe;” Craig Wiseman and Ronnie Dunn
2007 ”Give It Away;” Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon and Jamey Johnson
2008 ”Stay;” Jennifer Nettles
2009 ”In Color;” Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller and James Otto
2010 ”The House That Built Me;” Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin
2011 “If I Die Young;” Kimberly Perry
2012 “Over You;” Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton