10 of the 20 Best Songs of All Time

10 of the 20 Best Songs of All Time

According to popmatters.com, here’s the Top 10 best songs of all time. Check it out if yours is on the list.
10 – Ray Charles “Cryin’ Time”

Another vintage 1960s song that gave people something to slow-dance to, as Charles’ wistful voice transformed the mournful tune into a crossover hit.

9 – Roger Miller “King of the Road”

A quirky, laid-back singalong song that was novel enough in the `60s to draw rock-crazed crowds back into country music. Miller was the perfect foil for the British popsters of the day.

8 – Johnny Cash “Orange Blossom Special”

Of the many versions of this fiddler’s classic, anyone can sing along with Johnny Cash’s cover of THE best train song ever.

7 – Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys “Faded Love”

If the twin fiddles of this Texas dancehall favorite don’t get you, move somewhere else. Quickly.

6 – Hank Williams Sr. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”

He had bigger hits, but Williams’ elemental ode to sadness has been covered by dozens of artists and taken to heart by millions of fans.

5 – Willie Nelson “Whiskey River”

How many concerts have you attended that started with TWANG, TWANG, TWANG, TWANG, then these two words? We thought so.

4 – George Jones “He Stopped Loving Her Today”

Death, unrequited love, third-party gossip, it’s all here—along with Jones’ hangdog baritone.

3 – Merle Haggard “Mama Tried”

Haggard was still a handsome rebel himself when this tale of misspent youth made us all a little restless.

2 – Patsy Cline “Sweet Dreams”

The gold standard of songs for Cline wannabes—it takes pluck to attempt her triumph of vocal range and emotion.

1 – Johnny Cash “Ring of Fire”

The horns, the tempo, Cash’s smoldering voice and June Carter’s dead-on songwriting remain as exciting now as in the 1960s.

  • Reference/Source: Popmatters.com by Shirley Jinkins and Malcolm Mayhew [20 September 2007]

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