George Jones' release of "He Stopped Loving Her Today" in 1980 had a significant impact on country music. The emotional song, considered one of the best of all time, revived Jones' career after six years without a No. 1 hit. Initially hating the song for being too long and sad, Jones grew to love it and credited it with saving his career. The song has received accolades, ranking high in lists of the greatest country music songs of all time. Written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman, the song tells the story of a man who never stops loving his former partner until his death.