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#1 Posted on 6.6.03 0856.38
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I'd be willing to bet most of you don't care, but it's still interesting for those of us who do...

I'm not a huge country fan, but the absence of "On The Road Again" seems glaring to me. Willie Nelson is pretty well represented, but his biggest song going missing is very odd, especially because that's the song I associated with country music for the longest time.

100. Killin' Time - Clint Black

99. Back In The Saddle Again - Gene Autry

98. Faded Love - Pasty Cline

97. Amazed - Lonestar

96. I'd Be Better Off In A Pine Box - Doug Stone

95. Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Flatt & Scruggs

94. Something in Red - Lorrie Morgan

93. Take This Job And Shove It - Johnny Paycheck

92. Sunday Morning Coming Down - Johnny Cash

91. Seven Year Ache - Rosanne Cash

90. He'll Have To Go - Jim Reeves

89. Here's A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares) - Travis Tritt

88. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? - Gene Autry

87. Passionate Kisses - Mary Chapin Carpenter

86. Before The Next Teardrop Falls - Freddy Fender

85. Blue - LeAnn Rimes

84. Please Remember Me - Tim McGraw

83. Rose Garden - Lyne Anderson

82. Should've Been A Cowboy - Toby Kieth

81. Smoky Mountain Rain - Ronnie Milsap

80. She's In Love With The Boy - Trisha Yearwood

79. Is There Life Out There? - Reba McIntyre

78. My Home's In Alabama - Alabama

77. You're Still The One - Shania Twain

76. Good Hearted Woman - Waylon Jennings

75. Strawberry Wine - Deanna Carter

74. Flowers On The Wall - The Statler Brothers

73. You Are My Sunshine - Jimmy Davis

72. A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash

71. Don't Toss Us Away - Patty Loveless

70. Chisled In Stone - Vern Gosdin

69. The Devil Went Down To Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band

68. There Stands The Glass - Webb Pierce

67. It's Your Love - Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

66. Green, Green Grass Of Home - Porter Wagoner

65. God Bless The USA - Lee Greenwood

64. When You Say Nothing At All - Allison Krauss

63. Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page

62. Don't Rock The Jukebox - Alan Jackson

61. Lovesick Blues - Hank Williams Sr.

60. Go Rest High On That Mountain - Vince Gill

59. Family Tradition - Hank Williams Jr.

58. Kiss An Angel Good Morning - Charley Pride

57. If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time - Willie Nelson

56. Mama, He's Crazy - The Judds

55. Act Naturally - Buck Owens

54. Coat Of Many Colors - Dolly Parton

53. Walking The Floor Over You - Ernest Tubb

52. On The Other Hand - Randy Travis

51. It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - Kitty Wells

50. Independence Day - Martina McBride

49. I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles

48. Boot Scootin' Boogie - Brooks & Dunn

47. Don't Come Home A'Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind) - Loretta Lynn

46. Desperado - The Eagles

45. Guitars, Cadillacs - Dwight Yoakem

44. When I Call Your Name - Vince Gill

43. Delta Dawn - Tanya Tucker

42. El Paso - Marty Robbins

41. Sweet Dreams - Patsy Cline

40. Hello Walls - Faron Young

39. Make The World Go Away - Ray Price

38. Breathe - Faith Hill

37. King of the Road - Roger Miller

36. Will The Circle Be Unbroken - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

35. D-I-V-O-R-C-E - Tammy Wynette

34. Harper Valley PTA - Jeannie C. Riley

33. Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson

32. Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell

31. I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash

30. I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack

29. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams Sr.

28. Where Were You (When I Exploited The Deaths Of Thousands To Make A Quick Buck?) - Alan Jackson

27. Fancy - Reba McIntyre

26. The Gambler - Kenny Rogers

25. Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash

24. The Chair - George Strait

23. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain - Willie Nelson

22. Wide Open Spaces - The Dixie Chicks

21. Okie From Muskogee - Merle Haggard

20. I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow - The Soggy Bottom Boys

19. Hey, Good Lookin' - Hank Williams Sr.

18. Take Me Home, Country Road - John Denver

17. Hello Darlin - Conway Twitty

16. I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton

15. Forever And Ever Amen - Randy Travis

14. The Dance - Garth Brooks

13. Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynn

12. Amarillo By Morning - George Strait

11. Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Bill Monroe

10. Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys - Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings

9. Behind Closed Doors - Charlie Rich

8. Galveston - Glen Campbell

7. I Fall To Pieces - Patsy Cline

6. Friends In Low Places - Garth Brooks

5. Your Cheatin' Heart - Hank Williams Sr.

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


(Sorry for editorializing up there, but that song really disgusts me.)
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#2 Posted on 6.6.03 0930.50
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It's great to see "Okie from Muskogee" on this list and Patsy Cline well represented too. I have to agree with you aboat that Willie song, especially when things like "Harper Valley PTA" are on the list. I could have done with some more Charlie Daniels, and how about Waylon Jennings' "Good 'Ol Boys"? No Flatt & Scruggs either (image removed)

(edited by Bizzle Izzle on 6.6.03 1032)
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#3 Posted on 6.6.03 0947.25
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I certainly agree about "On the Road Again" because it's a crock that's it's not on there, and probably should be near the top of the list. I mean Jesus Christ, "Amazed" by Lonestar made the list ahead of that.

Also curious by it's abscence is Thunder Rolls. I originally thought it had to do with the fact that it was a rockish crossover hit, but so is "Harper Valley PTA", Stand By Your Man, Crazy, and a bunch of other stuff.

My top 10(and if this doesn't make me look like a schmuck, nothing will):

1. "On the Road Again" Willie Nelson
2. "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" Charlie Daniels Band
3. "Friends in Low Places" Garth Brooks
4. "Ring of Fire" Johnny Cash
5. "God Bless the USA" Lee Greenwood
6. "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" The Soggy Bottom Boys
7. "The Man Who Couldn't Cry" Johnny Cash
8. "Aint Going Down 'Til the Sun Comes Up" Garth Brooks
9. "Elvira" Alabama
10. "Islands in the Stream" Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
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#4 Posted on 6.6.03 1018.29
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ONE Hank Jr. song, and zero David Allen Coe?? I've never heard a better kareoke song where EVERYONE knows the words than "the Perfect Country Western Song"...I guess it could be worse. Billy Ray Cyrus and Neil McCoy could be on there...
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#5 Posted on 6.6.03 1243.51
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I too was disappointed by the lack of Mr. Coe, but if I'm not mistaken (and I could be), I think he wrote "Take This Job and Shove It." Even so, "You Never Even Called Me By My Name" and "Would You Lay With Me In a Field of Stone" both belonged.

Still, they've got five Johnny Cash tunes, which makes it cool with me.
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#6 Posted on 6.6.03 1304.24
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Or the Coe classic..."Cum Stains on my Pillow" from his 'rated x' album written from his jail cell. How could this song be overlooked??
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#7 Posted on 6.6.03 1311.06
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Shania Twain????
Dixie Chicks????

And yet there's no Chris Ledoux or Tom T. Hall on the list? They call themselves Country Music Television, ha!

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#8 Posted on 6.6.03 1630.09
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    Originally posted by Grimis
    My top 10(and if this doesn't make me look like a schmuck, nothing will):

    9. "Elvira" Alabama



Ummm, not that I'm trying to help you look like a schmuck (because, God knows, I do a good enough job of making myself look like one) but did you mean Elvira (angelfire.com) by the Oak Ridge Boys?

As to CMT's list, here's some food for thought: This past December, George Strait scored his 50th #1 Hit Single (georgestrait.com) breaking Conway's Twitty's previous record of 49. Now, when you add in the six number ones that Conway had as duets with Loretta Lynn, that means that Strait and Twitty have 105 number one hits between them. So how many songs did they place combined on CMT's list? By my count, three (#12, #17, #24). Which, by the way, is two more than Lefty Frizzell and Marty Robbins combined managed to score.

I'll end my criticism of CMT's list with this: If you're putting together a list of the 100 best country songs ever, and you think Jim Reeve's "He'll Have To Go" rates no higher than number ninety, then you really don't know country music.
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#9 Posted on 6.6.03 2155.54
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Admittedly, I don't care much for country music. I have, though, heard my fair share of 1960s/70s country and think I can produce a few thoughts that won't totally embarrass me.

A) There's only one George Jones song on the list? No She Thinks I Still Care, White Lightning or even The Race is On? Yikes.

B) Do you consider the Everly Brothers more rock or country? I've seen them listed as both (and if John Denver makes this list, I think they are). Where the heck are they? Cathy's Clown or my favorite of theirs, Devoted to You.

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#10 Posted on 7.6.03 1634.07
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Bookie, what chart are you going by? On Billboard, Twitty still holds the record, but with only 40, and that includes duets. Strait has 38. (It just happened to come up in a Billboard.com column this week, which is at http://www.billboard.com/bb/chartbeat/chat.jsp ) Not that that changes your point all that much.

Snowball, I hadn't even thought about "She Thinks I Still Care" and "The Race Is On", but I agree. They both belong on the list. I love the Everlys, but I don't mind them excluding songs by pop artists that crossed to country (as opposed to John Denver, a country artist who crossed to pop).

Nice that the sublime "When You Say Nothing At All" beat out "God Bless The USA", although I wish it were by more than one point.

Where's "For The Good Times"?
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#11 Posted on 7.6.03 2040.12
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    Originally posted by Peter The Hegemon
    Bookie, what chart are you going by?


Good question. The link I provided with the post doesn't mention which chart was being used to establish the amount of #1's for both Strait and Twitty; same with the story here (utexas.edu) which quotes the same set of numbers. Still, fifty #1's seems to be the accepted figure; just last month, when the Academy of Country Music presented Strait with their Special Achievement Award (acmcountry.com) they also cited fifty as the magic number. So it could be that the ACM is using a different chart than Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks; or it could be that perhaps Mr. Bronson's answer contains the wrong set of numbers.
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#12 Posted on 8.6.03 0122.08
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    Originally posted by chuckc14
    I've never heard a better kareoke song where EVERYONE knows the words than "the Perfect Country Western Song."


I'll personally vouch for this one. Anytime somebody does this one at my karaoke bar, you'll usually catch most of the crowd singing right along.

And as for this entire list: I'll bet that if you pick a selection at random and play it backwards, you'll hear how the hero/heroine got his/her truck back, trailer back, job back, dog back, spouse back... :-)

(C'mon, somebody had to make the joke.)
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#13 Posted on 8.6.03 2051.56
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    Originally posted by Downtown Bookie
    >Ummm, not that I'm trying to help you look like a schmuck (because, God knows, I do a good enough job of making myself look like one) but did you mean Elvira (angelfire.com) by the Oak Ridge Boys?

Yeah...that's the one. God only knows why I came up with Alabama.

Proving that I would indeed make myself a schmuck...what's worse is that I bought John Denver's greatest hits for $6 at Target yesterday...
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#14 Posted on 9.6.03 2137.12
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    Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastard
    I'd be willing to bet most of you don't care, but it's still interesting for those of us who do...

    I'm not a huge country fan, but the absence of "On The Road Again" seems glaring to me. Willie Nelson is pretty well represented, but his biggest song going missing is very odd, especially because that's the song I associated with country music for the longest time



Well, actually, I would say "Crazy" was his biggest song...

Remember the object was to list the top 100 SONGS not the SINGLES.

Flatt and Scruggs are on the list...

If you get a chance to hear June Carter Cash's sister's recording of "Ring of Fire" do it. It is a haunting rendition completely different than Johnny's.

Some others not on the list, "Rockytop" and "Ghostriders in the Sky"....

To have the Queen and King of Country music's signature songs one-two gives me heart that some folks haven't forgotten what Country music was.
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#15 Posted on 11.6.03 1125.32
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Folsom Prison Blues not in the top 10? Blasphemy!
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#16 Posted on 11.6.03 1216.41
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Most glaring omission (for me at least) Sammi Smith’s “Help Me Make it Through the Night”

Where’s the love for Elvis? Re: Willie, “Funny How Time Slips Away” is also missing. Also not on the list is Floyd Cramer’s “Last Date”, which is a staple of any country occasion. No “Dueling Banjos”??? That PERSONIFIES Country. And who ain’t been in a redneck bar and heard “Well, Hello T-R-O-U-B-L-E.!”?

Nice to see Bill Monroe – “Blue Moon of Kentucky” is one of my favorites, along with “Passionate Kisses” by Mary Chapin-Carpenter . George Jones should always be number one, but if Tammy beats him out, that’s no a big deal…speaking again of missing songs, no Walbash Cannonball , no Mule Skinner Blues, and yes, David Allen Coe did indeed get fucked.

But I’m used to lists like this now. Especially from CMT or MTV…

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