June 01, 2004
my top ten
My ass is still chapped from watching that Top 100 Country Music Songs countdown last night. I totally disagree with the judges. If "Stand By Your Man" is the greatest country song of all time, I'm a got-dam brain surgeon. Here is MY Top 10:
10) "Blue Moon of Kentucky" by Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass.
9) "I Walk The Line" by Johnny Cash.
8) "Help Me Make It Through The Night" by Kris Kristofferson.
7) "Orange Blossom Special" by any of dozens of people.
6) "Gentle On My Mind" by John Hartford.
5) "Mama Tried" by Merle Haggard.
4) "Faster Horses" by Tom T. Hall.
3) "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.
2) "Crazy" by Patsy Cline.
1) "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" by Hank Williams.
I had to leave off a lot of really good songs, but that's my Top 10. I like my list a lot better than the one the judges chose last night.
I agree with your list. Their's is way too commercial.
"Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" -- Willy Nelson
I like your list a lot better too.
Aw, man... I left Bill Monroe & Flatt and Scruggs off my list because they were bluegrass. Sure, it's a subset of C&W, but really needs its own top 10 category.
Incidentally, I have about 30 different versions of "Orange Blossom Special" in my iTunes collection. Best is a live version by the Charlie Daniels Band, worst (IMHO, anyway) is by Johnny Cash who does the fiddle part with a harmonica. I mean, c'mon, Johnny, I know you hated the Nashville establishment, but would it have killed you to hire a session fiddler?
Delta Dawn, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden and King of The Road would make my top ten. I like your list though.
Good list. Here's mine, just off the top of my head. But I figure if they come to mind without prompting, they must be good:
10. Luckenbach, Texas, Waylon and Willie
9. Walking the Floor Over Your, Ernest Tubb
8. Empty Bottle, a Broken Heart and You're Still On My Mind, The Byrds on Sweetheart of the Rodeo
7. Wings of a Dove, Ferlin Husky
6. The Dance, Garth Brooks
5. The Fugitive, Merle Haggard
4. D-I-V-O-R-C-E, Tammy Wynette
3. Crazy, Patsy Cline
2. Long Black Veil, Lefty Frizzell
1. Cheatin' Heart, Hank
“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” and how could you have left off—“He Stopped Loving Her Today”?
Great list Rob...My list:
10. 6 Days - Red Simpson
9. The Race Is On - George Jones
8. Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynne
7. Excuse Me, I Think I 've Got A Heartache - Buck Owens
6. The Bottle Let Me Down - Merle Haggard
5. Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
4. You Never Even Called Me By My Name - David Allen Coe
3. Your Cheatin' Heart - Hank Williams
2. Honky Tonk Angels - Kitty Wells
1. Will The Circle Be Unbroken - The Carter Family
Oh lawd NO - no Garth!!
Thanks for no George Strait either.
Your list rocks!
I agree with your list for the most part, but I'm with Brent on saying that Buck Owens belongs in there.
If I were going to pick a Buck Owens song, it would be "Act Naturally."
NO DAVID ALLAN COE????
What is this, "mainstream country night"?
Dang, I forgot all about Gentle on my Mind. Wow, what a great song. Now I have to go digging around and actually pull out a RECORD.
Nah, Kim. DA Coe's there. Go check out the comments on Acidman's 'I Call Bullshit' post.
There is, however, very little Jerry Jeff Walker being mentioned lately. Can't believe no one's brought up "Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother".
I thought about coming up with my own, but...
Your list is plenty close enough...
Not just Crazy.. but the version done with the Nelson Riddle orchestra.
What?! Where's Ray Stevens' "The Streak"? Where's "Convoy"? Where's... ah never mind.
A song that may not make anyone's top 100, but sure is how I hope that Rob manages to get Quinton to think of him is "Daddy's Hands" by Holly Dunn. If time and circumstances allow for that, then he can consider his time well spent.