Gut Rumbles

June 01, 2004

I call bullshit!

Here are (allegedly) the top ten country music songs of all time:

10) "Mama's Don't Let Your Boys Grow Up To Be Cowboys" (Waylon and Willie)

9) "Behind Closed Doors" (Charlie Rich)

8) "Galveston" (Glenn Campbell)

7) "I Fall To Pieces" (Patsy Cline)

6) ""Friends in Low Places" (Garth Brooks)

5) "Your Cheating Heart" (Hank Williams)

4) "Ring of Fire" (Johnny Cash)

3) "Crazy" (Patsy Cline)

2) "He Stopped Loving Her Today" (George Jones)

1) "Stand By Your Man" (Tammy Wynette)

Bull-fucking-shit is all I have to say. "Help Me Make Through The Night" didn't make the top 100. Neither did "Gentle On My Mind." I still believe that "I Walk The Line" is the best song Johnny Cash ever recorded. Go through the grist-mill of divorce court the way I have and listen to "Stand By Your Man." You'll want to upchuck.

I don't know who picked that Top Ten, but I think they need to dig some serious wax out of their ears.


I can't believe that crap was number one. I'd rather listen to "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden", and I hate that song too. There are so many songs that are better. So many singers, as well. Excuse me while I wash out my eyes.

Posted by: Denise on June 1, 2004 01:38 AM

Hell, even "The Devil Went Down TO Georgai" would have been a better choice for #1. ANd I like Charlie Danials. (though I think that should also be in the top 100).

Posted by: Guy S. on June 1, 2004 04:59 AM

I'd take David Coe over Waylon and Willie anyday of the week. fooey.

Posted by: Deb on June 1, 2004 05:00 AM

It may be brown and gooey, but that's damn sure not wax you'd have to be digging out from (between) their ears.

And no Merle Haggard?

Rachel has the right word for this one. Asshats!

'Nuff said.

Sloop New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim on June 1, 2004 08:27 AM

What, no "Drop kick me Jesus through the goalposts of life"? That should be in the top ten.

Posted by: Bill on June 1, 2004 09:04 AM

Deb's got a good point. David Allan Coe will probably NEVER be recognized by any C&W 'Best Of' list, just 'cause he's got some extremely non-PC songs in his catalog. (OK, they're flat out racist, let's be honest...) He's not better than Willie though! ;-)

Still, I doubt you can go into any bar in America and play "You Never Even Called Me By My Name" aka "The Perfect Country & Western Song" and not have 80% of the crowd know the song, and be singing along.

As for the list... "Pancho & Lefty" has been covered by more C&W artists than I can count. It ought to be high up in the list.
Cap'n Jim is correct in the abysmal lack of Merle Haggard.
No Freddy Fender, no Hank Snow, and as good as Patsy Cline is, you really should only get one song in the top 10.

Here's how I'd do it....
10) "Friends in Low Places" (Garth Brooks)
9) "Mama Tried" (Merle Haggard)
8) "Wasted Days & Wasted Nights" (Freddy Fender)
7) "The Perfect Country & Western Song" (David Allan Coe)
6) "Pancho & Lefty" (Emmylou Harris)
5) "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain" (Willie Nelson)
4) "Folsom Prison Blues" (Johnny Cash)
3) "Crazy" (Patsy Cline)
2) "Your Cheating Heart" (Hank Williams)
1) "He Stopped Loving Her Today" (George Jones)

Posted by: El Capitan on June 1, 2004 10:17 AM

I suspect that what "Stand By Your Man" really is, is "The All-Time Greatest Country Song That Everybody, Including Or Especially People Who Don't Know NUTHIN' About Country Music, Know And Love Because They Saw The Blues Brothers 4,712 Times On Cable."

I don't know all that much about it either, but I do know about Hank Senior, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and Bill Monroe. And Ricky Skaggs. Fella does a pretty good high lonesome, at least for this day and age.

Posted by: Ken Hall on June 1, 2004 12:54 PM

Gotta go with El Capitan on "Pancho & Lefty", since it happens to be my favorite ever (hell just about anything Townes wrote beats most of that list for raw emotion if nothing else). But dammit! NO top 10 list is complete without "Coal Miner's Daughter!" (IMHO)

Posted by: Marcl on June 1, 2004 06:51 PM

With all due respect, Jim, "Galveston" does NOT belong on this Top 10 list and neither does Barf Brooks! I've got no quarrel with any of the rest of them.

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on June 1, 2004 08:23 PM

Oh, Gizzip, now, come on! Brooks is definitely one of the late '80s-early 90's countrypop "Hat Acts", and that Chris Gaines nonsense seems to have tanked his career but that doesn't mean the man can't pen a tune when he wants to. Whether you like him or not, "Friends In Low Places" is a classic C&W tune.

Posted by: El Capitan on June 1, 2004 08:49 PM

You know, from a "DAMN Yankee, rock and roll freak", even I have to agree with you on these. Especially, "Help Me Make It Through The Night". That song still brings tears to my eyes.
"Crazy" fits (number "3"? WTF!!). But, both Patsy Cline, AND Willie Nelson need shared credit. They both do it justice.

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