Raised With Country Music
I was raised in a home with country music. I hadn't listened, to any degree, to country music since I had left home. Although I can't stand rap music, with the exception of a few "clean" lyric rap songs I've heard (and they are exceptions). Out of the 70's, I like the music of Ann Murray and the Statler Brothers. But then, I pretty much put them in the category of "soft country-rock."
Because of my childhood roots, I have always been fond of the music of Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, Eddy Arnold, Roger Miller, and of course Hank Williams. Recently, since June 28, 2000, I've been listening to a lot of Hank Williams music. "Lovesick Blues", "Why Don't You Love Me?", "Cold, Cold Heart", "Hey Good Lookin'", "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)", and "Your Cheatin' Heart" to name a few hit songs by the "hillbilly Shakespeare" and the "forefather of rock and roll". I can't really explain my recent interest and fascination with this music! Maybe some nostagia and longing for "simpler times" and simpler songs?
Being a Christian, I also enjoy hearing Hank Williams sing gospel songs. Many gospel songs he wrote himself like "Calling You" and "I Saw the Light".
I guess I am even as much an eclectic chameleon in music as I am in political thought. I don't think anyone can truly love the history of music without including some study of these early giants of country and learn of their influence on such rockers as Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley or even Jimmy Buffett!
The music of Hank Williams has been covered by many of today's top country and rock artists. Even watching a film like "The Shawshank Redemption" will expose one to the music of Hank Williams. In the library scene, an inmate listens to Hank Williams singing "Lovesick Blues" on a record he puts on, about an hour and ten minutes or so into the movie. I've been told that the song "Honky Tonkin'" is played up in space in the movie "Apollo 13". It is on the official movie soundtrack.
In the Academy Award nominated 1971 movie "The Last Picture Show", set in a small Texas town at the beginning of the 50's; the music of Hank Williams pretty much dominates the soundtrack of the movie as the radio is on throughout many scenes of the movie and Hank's songs are playing more than half the time. This is not a case of "background" music, but rather "foreground" music, as Hank Williams' hits sometimes equal the volume of the conversations of the characters. "The Last Picture Show" is rated R for brief nudity and some adult themes.
The new 2 CDs compilation
release of Hank's songs titled "The Ultimate Collection" has 42 songs.
28 of the songs on "The Ultimate Collection" are also on the "40 Greatest
Hits" shown and mentioned above. 12 songs were dropped from the "40
Greatest Hits" set and 14 other songs were added. All in all, I believe
this new release is a great place to start listening to the music of Hank
Williams, Sr. with the 50 year anniversary of his death coming up on January
The following listings show the 12 songs that were dropped and the 14 songs that were added; as well as the 28 duplicate songs in comparing this new 2 CDs collection to the old 2 CDs collection. Those songs in black are also on the 1 CD "20 Greatest Hits" collection. Songs followed by an asterisk * are the songs I chose for my ideal 74 minutes 1 CD and songs followed by two asterisks ** are the additional songs I chose for my ideal 90 minutes cassette tape (see below for Wolf's "Best of Hank Williams"). The six songs added that have a ++ following them are not even on the 3 CDs "Hank Williams: Original Singles Collection", but are on the 10 CDs Boxed Set called "The Complete Hank Williams":
Hank Williams "The Ultimate Collection"
compared to Hank Williams "40 Greatest Hits"
I Just Don't Like This Kind of Livin' *
My Son Calls Another Man Daddy
Why Should We Try Anymore
They'll Never Take Her Love From Me
Nobody's Lonesome For Me *
Baby, We're Really In Love *
Window Shopping *
I Won't Be Home No More
I'm Sorry For You My Friend
I Dreamed About Mama Last Night ++
Please Make Up Your Mind
Rockin' Chair Money ++
Please Don't Let Me Love You ++
Someday You'll Call My Name
Cool Water ++
First Year Blues ++
Alone And Forsaken
The Angel of Death
Ready To Go Home ++
There's A Tear In My Beer *
I'm A Long Gone Daddy *
I Can't Get You Off of My Mind
28 Duplicate Songs that are on
both Hank Williams
"40 Greatest Hits" & "The Ultimate Collection"
(these are definitely the "biggies" with 15 songs also on the "20 Greatest Hits)
|I Saw the Light
Mansion On the Hill **
Move It On Over *
You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave) *
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry *
Mind Your Own Business *
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It **
Long Gone Lonesome Blues *
Cold, Cold Heart *
Howlin' At the Moon
I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You) *
Hey Good Lookin' *
Ramblin' Man **
|(I Heard That)
Honky Tonk Blues *
Half As Much *
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) *
Settin' the Woods On Fire *
I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive *
You Win Again *
Your Cheatin' Heart *
Take These Chains From My Heart *
Weary Blues From Waitin' **
Why Don't You Love Me *
Moanin' the Blues *
Lost Highway **
Lovesick Blues *
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(Songs listed in chronological order of recording or charting)
1 Move It On Over; 2 Iím A Long Gone Daddy; 3 Honky Tonkiní; 4 Lovesick Blues; 5 Mind Your Own Business; 6 Youíre Gonna Change (Or Iím Gonna Leave); 7 Iím So Lonesome I Could Cry; 8 I Just Donít Like This Kind Of Liviní; 9 Long Gone Lonesome Blues; 10 Why Donít You Love Me; 11 Nobodyís Lonesome For Me; 12 Moaniní the Blues; 13 Cold, Cold Heart; 14 I Canít Help It (If Iím Still In Love With You); 15 Hey, Good Lookiní; 16 Half As Much; 17 Baby, Weíre Really In Love; 18 Honky Tonk Blues; 19 Window Shopping; 20 Jambalaya (On the Bayou); 21 Settiní the Woods On Fire; 22 Iíll Never Get Out Of This World Alive; 23 You Win Again; 24 Your Cheatiní Heart; 25 Kaw-Liga; 26 Take These Chains From My Heart; 27 Thereís A Tear In My Beer
(My 90 minutes cassette tape would include the additional 7 songs:)
28 Wedding Bells; 29 A Mansion On A Hill; 30 Lost Highway; 31 My Bucket's Got A Hole In It; 32 Ramblin Man; 33 I Don't Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes); 34 Weary Blues From Waitin'
go to Ralph Emery
about Hank Williams, Jr.
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| For those who
don't feel 20 Hits, 40 hits or even 42 Hits would be enough of Hank, there
are two Boxed Sets: "Hank Williams Original Singles Collection" (3
CDs) containing 84 songs (pictured to the left).
All 27 of the songs I list above on my ideal 1 CD "Best of Hank Williams" are included on the 3 CDs Original Singles Collection. So are the additional 7 songs listed for my ideal cassette tape.
For those who truly have the lovesick blues, there is the magnum opus 10 CDs Boxed Set called "The Complete Hank Williams" (pictured to the right) which has 225 songs, including those recorded under the name Luke the Drifter and those he recorded with his wife Audrey, as well as some live Grand Ole Opry and other radio program recordings. That's a lot of Hank!
|The following songs are the songs
that are not included on any of the other 1 CD or 2 CDs collections listed
on this page, but are on the 3 CDs "Hank Williams: Original Singles
Collection". This listing is for those who want to know what they
miss by not purchasing the 3 CDs collection in the first place. All
other songs listed on the other sets (except for the six songs followed
by ++ are on the "Original Singles Collection").
Additional songs on the "Hank Williams: Original Singles Collection"
|All The Love I Ever Had
- (previously unreleased, demo version)
At The First Fall Of Snow - (demo version)
The Blues Come Around
Fool About You - (demo version)
Honky Tonkin' (earlier release)
House Of Gold - (demo version)
A House Without Love
I Ain't Got Nothin' But Time - (demo version)
I Can't Escape From You - (demo version)
I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You
I Don't Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes) **
(Last Night) I Heard You Crying In Your Sleep
I'd Still Want You
I'll Be A Bachelor 'Til I Die
I'm Free At Last - (demo version)
|I've Just Told Mama Goodbye
Let's Turn Back The Years
The Log Train - (demo version)
May You Never Be Alone
My Love For You (Has Turned To Hate)
My Sweet Love Ain't Around
Never Again (Will I Knock On Your Door)
On The Banks Of The Old Pontchartrain
Six More Miles (To The Graveyard)
Something Got A Hold Of Me - (demo version)
There's No Room In My Heart For The Blues - (demo version)
Wealth Won't Save Your Soul
When God Comes And Gathers His Jewels
With Tears In My Eyes - (demo version)
Hank Williams Fan Club:
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I don't know where this country music "investigation" will lead, but it is an enjoyable diversion from the popular, rock and classical music road I had carefully travelled up to this point in my life. I can listen to rock influenced country singers, but my heart is with the traditional honky tonk branch of country. I grew up enjoying the crossover artists like Buck Owens, Ann Murray, the Statler Brothers, Lynn Anderson and several others who occasionally entered the pop charts. And some of these songs and artists are very enjoyable, but give me a little "twang" in the voice and I like it even more.
This path has also caused me to re-examine the music of Buddy Holly and Gene Pitney. Two singers I have always enjoyed, but haven't been as close to my musical heart as they are now. Anyone who has not listened to some of Gene Pitney's top songs ("Half Heaven-Half Heartache", "Mecca" & "24 Hours From Tulsa", to name just three such songs) has simply missed the boat. And Buddy Holly can be fully appreciated by just listening to "Rave On" once or twice. After that, the rest of his songs fall right into place. The timing that Holly had with his delivery is exceptional. Hank Williams also has this timing in delivery, but Williams delivers an emotional feeling in his music that has not been matched to this day, in my humble opinion.
There is the "great fear" that I could be turning into a country music listener. This may end up being more of a fear for pure head-bangers, but it is not really a great fear with me. I am very eclectic in my music interests as with other areas. This page will keep the drop-in web viewers up-to-date as to where this hillbilly music fascination will eventually lead. Only time will tell!
|In his new book "50 Years Down
A Country Road", Ralph Emery ranks the top IMPACT male, female, and group
acts of the last 50 years in country music. To the right is how he
rated the top 10 country male artists. You will have to get a hold
of the book to see the details of how he arrived at this ranking.
Below are the rankings on the Group and Female acts. Remember Hank
Williams was only alive through December 31, 1952 (dying January 1, 1953),
only a few years performing compared to the other artists.
Click on name of the male artists to see a list of some songs, which are listed near bottom of this page.
1 Johnny Cash
2 Merle Haggard
3 George Jones
4 Willie Nelson
5 George Strait
6 Garth Brooks
7 Conway Twitty
8 Buck Owens
9 Eddy Arnold
10 Hank Williams, Sr.
1 Dolly Parton
2 Reba McEntire
3 Loretta Lynn
4 Kitty Wells
5 Tammy Wynette
6 Patsy Cline
7 Crystal Gayle
8 Tanya Tucker
9 Shania Twain
10 Barbara Mandrell
2 Statler Brothers
3 Brooks & Dunn
4 Oak Ridge Boys
5 The Judds
7 Everly Brothers
8 Gatlin Brothers
9 Diamond Rio
10 Johnnie and Jack
Country America Magazine Top 100 Songs List
|01||He Stopped Loving Her Today||George Jones|
|03||The Dance||Garth Brooks|
|07||Your Cheatiní Heart||Hank Williams, Sr.|
|08||Iím So Lonesome I Could Cry||Hank Williams, Sr.|
|10||Lovesick Blues||Hank Williams, Sr.|
|18||Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain||Willie Nelson|
|22||I Started Loving You Again||Merle Haggard|
|26||I Walk the Line||Johnny Cash|
|28||Cattle Call||Eddy Arnold|
|30||Mama Tried||Merle Haggard|
|31||Always On My Mind||Willie Nelson|
|38||Friends In Low Places||Garth Brooks|
|40||Hello Darliní||Conway Twitty|
|43||Sunday Morning Cominí Down||Johnny Cash|
|45||Hey Good Lookiní||Hank Williams, Sr.|
|46||I Canít Help It (If Iím Still In Love With You)||Hank Williams, Sr.|
|49||Amarillo By Morning||George Strait|
|55||Make the World Go Away||Eddy Arnold|
|62||Cold Cold Heart||Hank Williams, Sr.|
|63||If We Make It Through December||Merle Haggard|
|66||Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind||George Strait|
|72||Night Life||Willie Nelson|
|74||She Thinks I Still Care||George Jones|
|75||Together Again||Buck Owens|
|84||My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys||Willie Nelson|
|88||Georgia On My Mind||Willie Nelson|
|90||The Grand Tour||George Jones|
|98||Act Naturally||Buck Owens|
|100||Funny How Time Slips Away||Willie Nelson|
Following are 52 other songs that I know and that I personally like that made the 1992 "Country America" magazine Top 100 List -- performed by artists other than Ralph Emery's Top 10 IMPACT Country Male Acts from 1950-2000:
Country America Magazine Top 100 List
|02 When I Call Your Name-Vince
04 Crazy-Patsy Cline
05 I Fall To Pieces-Patsy Cline
06 El Paso-Marty Robbins
09 Sixteen Tons-Tennessee Ernie Ford
11 San Antonio Rose Ė Bob Wills
13 Coat of Many Colors-Dolly Parton
14 Heíll Have To Go-Jim Reeves
15 Walking the Floor Over You-Ernest Tubb
16 For the Good Times-Ray Price
17 Forever and Ever, Amen-Randy Travis
19 Stand By Your Man-Tammy Wynette
20 I Canít Stop Loving You-Don Gibson
21 It Wasnít God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels-Kitty Wells
23 Help Me Make It Through the Night Ė Sammi Smith
24 Faded Love Ė Bob Wills
25 Wabash Cannonball-Roy Acuff
29 Iím Moviní On-Hank Snow
33 Donít Rock the Jukebox-Alan Jackson
34 Here In the Real World-Alan Jackson
36 Waltz Across Texas-Ernest Tubb
39 Here's A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares) - Travis Tritt
41 Sweet Dreams-Patsy Cline
44 God Bless the USA Ė Lee Greenwood
47 Rocky Top Ė Osborne Brothers
48 On the Other Hand-Randy Travis
|50 Rose Garden Ė Lynn
52 King Of the Road-Roger Miller
54 Oh Lonesome Me-Don Gibson
57 Sheís Got You-Patsy Cline
58 I Will Always Love You-Dolly Parton
59."A Better Man", Clint Black
60 Old Flame-Alabama
61 Detroit City-Bobby Bare
64 Blue Yodel - Jimmie Rodgers
67 Wichita Lineman-Glen Campbell
68 Amanda-Waylon Jennings
69 Devil Went Down To Georgia Ė Charlie Daniels Band
70 Green, Green Grass Of Home Ė Porter Wagoner
71 Gentle On My Mind-Glen Campbell
73 Uncle Pen Ė Bill Monroe
78 Flowers On the Wall-Statler Brothers
79."The Wild Side of Life", Hank Thompson
82 Kentucky Rain-Elvis Presley
83 Harper Valley P.T.A.-Jeannie C. Riley
85 North To Alaska-Johnny Horton
86 Meet Me In Montana Ė Marie Osmond & Dan Seals
89 Don't Go Home A Drinking (With Lovin' On Your Mind) - Loretta Lynn
91 There Stands the Glass-Webb Pierce
94 Long Black Veil-Lefty Frizzell
96 Good Olí Boys-Waylon Jennings
Country America Magazine Top 100 List
Patti Page (*)
27."Where've You Been", Kathy Mattea
32."Chiseled in Stone", Vern Gosdin
35."You Are My Sunshine", Jimmie Davis
37."Tumbling Tumbleweeds", Sons of the Pioneers (*)
42."Wildwood Flower", Carter Family (*)
51."Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine", Tom T. Hall
53."80's Ladies", K.T. Oslin
56."That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine", Gene Autry
65."Cool Water", Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers (*)
|76."There's a Star-Spangled
Banner Waving Somewhere", Elton Britt
77."Almost Persuaded", David Houston (*)
80."You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma", David Frizzell/Shelly West
81."Will The Circle Be Unbroken", Carter Family (*)
87."All the Gold in California", Gatlin Brothers
92."Born To Lose", Ted Daffan
93."Heaven's Just a Sin Away", Kendalls
95."Sixteenth Avenue", Lacy J. Dalton
99."Y'all Come Back Saloon", Oak Ridge Boys
I've only listed the 93Q songs that are not on the Country America list, that I am familiar with and that I especially like. For the complete listing of both compilations, one would have to look up "top 100 country songs" on a good search engine like Google. 93Q may or may not show the list on their site any longer, you would have to check that out or inquire about it, but it can be found out on the Internet, where someone mirrored it in the past.
93Q Country Radio Station Top
66 Songs that made the 95Q list that I like
that are not in the Country America Magazine List
|Q06 Mamaís Donít Let Your
Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys-Waylon & Willie
Q09 I Will Always Love You-Vince Gill & Dolly Parton
Q10 Chattahoochie-Alan Jackson
Q12 Rhinestone Cowboy-Glen Campbell
Q13 Take This Job and Shove It-Johnny Paycheck
Q14 Lady-Kenny Rogers
Q15 Don't Be Cruel-Elvis Presley
Q17 Poncho & Lefty-Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson
Q19 Boot Scootiní Boogie-Brooks & Dunn
Q21 Wake Up Little Susie-Everly Brothers
Q22 Love Without End, Amen-George Strait
Q24 Lyiní Eyes-Eagles
Q26 All Shook Up-Elvis Presley
Q27 The Chair-George Strait
Q28 Elvira-Oak Ridge Boys
Q29 Donít It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue-Crystal Gayle
Q30 Heartbreak Hotel-Elvis Presley
Q33 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear-Elvis Presley
Q34 Luckenbach, Texas-Waylon & Willie
Q37 Love Me Tender-Elvis Presley
Q38 A Country Boy Can Survive-Hank Williams Jr.
Q39 Itís Your Love-Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Q41 Are the Good Times Really Over-Merle Haggard
Q42 Thank God I'm A Country Boy-John Denver
Q43 On the Other Hand-Randy Travis
Q44 Burning Love-Elvis Presley
Q45 The Gambler-Kenny Rogers
Q47 Walkiní After Midnight-Patsy Cline
Q48 Jambalaya (On the Boyou)-Hank Williams, Sr.
Q50 The Most Beautiful Girl-Charley Rich
Q51 If Tomorrow Never Comes-Garth Brooks
Q52 Drivin' My Life Away-Eddie Rabbitt
Q53 Okie From Muskogee-Merle Haggard
|Q54 Can't Help Falling In
Q55 I Wouldn't Have Missed It For the World-Ronnie Milsap
Q57 The Fireman-George Strait
Q58 Bye Bye Love-Everly Brothers
Q59 Good Hearted Woman-Waylon & Willie
Q60 Grandpa (Tell Me ĎBout the Good Old Days)-The Judds
Q61 Take Me Home Country Roads-John Denver
Q63 Why Don't You Love Me-Hank Williams, Sr.
Q64 Here You Come Again-Dolly Parton
Q66 Neon Moon-Brooks & Dunn
Q67 Weíre Not the Jet Set-George Jones & Tammy Wynette
Q69 My Way-Elvis Presley
Q71 Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'-Charley Pride
Q73 I Don't Wanna Play House-Tammy Wynette
Q75 Blue-LeAnn Rimes
Q77 Sleepin' Single In A Double Bed-Barbara Mandrell
Q78 Lucille-Kenny Rogers
Q79 Long Gone Lonesome Blues-Hank Williams
Q81 Check Yes Or No-George Strait
Q82 Rocky Mountain High-John Denver
Q83 Suspicious Minds-Elvis Presley
Q85 Devil Woman-Marty Robbins
Q86 When You're Hot, You're Hot-Jerry Reed
Q87 Coal Miner's Daughter-Loretta Lynn
Q88 Highwayman-Waylon, Willie, Cash & Kristofferson
Q90 Streets Of Bakersfield-Dwight Yoakam / Buck Owens
Q91 D-I-V-O-R-C-E-Tammy Wynette
Q92 There's No Gettin' Over Me-Ronnie Milsap
Q96 Why Not Me-The Judds
Q98 Mr. Bojangles-Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Q99 Two Story House-George Jones/Tammy Wynette
Q100 Love In the First Degree-Alabama
25 Songs that made both top 100
Country America Magazine & 95Q
|Q01 Amarillo By Morning-George Strait
Q02 Crazy-Patsy Cline
Q03 The Dance-Garth Brooks
Q04 He Stopped Loving Her Today-George Jones
Q05 Stand By Your Man-Tammy Wynette
Q07 Friends In Low Places-Garth Brooks
Q11 Hey Good Lookin'-Hank Williams, Sr.
Q16 Forever & Ever Amen-Randy Travis
Q18 The Devil Went Down To Georgia-Charlie Daniels Band
Q20 Always On My Mind-Willie Nelson
Q23 I Walk the Line-Johnny Cash
Q25 Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain-Willie Nelson
Q31 Lovesick Blues-Hank Williams, Sr.
|Q35 I Fall To Pieces-Patsy Cline
Q36 El Paso-Marty Robbins
Q40 King Of the Road-Roger Miller
Q62 Georgia On My Mind-Willie Nelson
Q65 Wichita Lineman-Glen Campbell
Q70 If We Make It Through December-Merle Haggard
Q74 Hello Darlin'-Conway Twitty
Q76 Don't Rock the Jukebox-Alan Jackson
Q89 Heaven's Just A Sin Away-The Kendall's
Q93 God Bless the U.S.A.-Lee Greenwood
Q94 Mama Tried-Merle Haggard
Q97 Desperado-The Eagles
9 Remaining Songs on the 95Q
not listed in either of the above two 95Q partial listings
Either I'm not fond of the songs or I have not heard the songs in this listing
(for those of you who want the complete picture)
|Q08 Lookin' For Love-Johnny Lee
Q32 Any Man Of Mine-Shania Twain
Q46 Redneck Girl-Bellamy Brothers
Q49 18 Wheels & A Dozen Roses-Kathy Mattea
Q56 When You Say Nothing At All-Whitley / Krauss
|Q68 Achy Breaky Heart-Billy Ray Cyrus
Q72 I Love Way U Love Me-John Michael Montgomery
Q80 Daddy's Hands-Holly Dunn
Q84 Holding Her & Loving You-Clay Walker
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Top 100 Greatest Songs of Country
02. "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
04. "Ring of Fire"
05. "Your Cheatiní Heart"
06. "Friends in Low Places"
07. "I Fall to Pieces"
09. "Behind Closed Doors"
10. "Mammas Donít Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys"
11. "Blue Moon of Kentucky"
12. "Amarillo by Morning"
13. "Coal Minerís Daughter"
14. "Dance, The"
15. "Forever and Ever, Amen"
16. "I Will Always Love You"
17. "Hello Darliní"
18. "Take Me Home, Country Roads"
19. "Hey, Good Lookiní"
20. "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow"
21. "Okie From Muskogee"
22. "Wide Open Spaces"
23. "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain"
24. "Chair, The"
25. "Folsom Prison Blues"
26. "Gambler, The"
28. "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)"
29. "Iím So Lonesome I Could Cry"
30. "I Hope You Dance"
31. "I Walk the Line"
32. "Rhinestone Cowboy"
33. "Always on My Mind"
34. "Harper Valley P.T.A."
36. "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"
37. "King of the Road"
39. "Make the World Go Away"
40. "Hello Walls"
41. "Sweet Dreams"
42. "El Paso"
43. "Delta Dawn"
44. "When I Call Your Name"
45. "Guitars, Cadillacs"
47. "Donít Come Home A'Drinkiní (With Lovin' on Your Mind)"
48. "Boot Scootiní Boogie"
49. "I Canít Stop Loving You"
50. "Independence Day"
51. "It Wasnít God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"
52. "On the Other Hand"
53. "Walking the Floor Over You"
54. "Coat of Many Colors"
55. "Act Naturally"
56. "Mama Heís Crazy"
57. "If Youíve Got the Money Iíve Got the Time"
58. "Kiss an Angel Good Morning"
59. "Family Tradition"
60. "Go Rest High on That Mountain"
61. "Lovesick Blues"
62. "Donít Rock the Jukebox"
63. "Tennessee Waltz"
64. "When You Say Nothing at All"
65. "God Bless the U.S.A."
66. "Green, Green Grass of Home"
67. "Itís Your Love"
68. "There Stands the Glass"
69. "Devil Went Down to Georgia"
70. "Chiseled in Stone"
71. "Donít Toss Us Away"
72. "Boy Named Sue"
73. "You Are My Sunshine"
74. "Flowers on the Wall"
75. "Strawberry Wine"
76. "Good Hearted Woman"
77. "Youíre Still the One"
78. "My Homeís in Alabama"
79. "Is There Life Out There?"
80. "Sheís in Love With the Boy"
81. "Smoky Mountain Rain"
82. "Shouldíve Been a Cowboy"
83. "Rose Garden"
84. "Please Remember Me"
86. "Before the Next Teardrop Falls"
87. "Passionate Kisses"
88. "Have I Told You Lately That I LoveYou"
89. "Hereís a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)"
90. "Heíll Have to Go"
91. "Seven Year Ache"
92. "Sunday Morning Coming Down"
93. "Take This Job and Shove It"
94. "Something in Red"
95. "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"
96. "Iíd Be Better Off in a Pine Box"
98. "Faded Love"
99. "Back in the Saddle Again"
100. "Killiní Time"
Artists who performed the Definitive Version
02. George Jones
03. Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson
04. Johnny Cash
05. Hank Williams
06. Garth Brooks
07. Patsy Cline
08. Glen Campbell
09. Charlie Rich
10. Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
11. Bill Monroe
12. George Strait
13. Loretta Lynn
14. Garth Brooks
15. Randy Travis
16. Dolly Parton
17. Conway Twitty
18. John Denver
19. Hank Williams
20. Soggy Bottom Boys
21. Merle Haggard
22. Dixie Chicks
23. Willie Nelson
24. George Strait
25. Johnny Cash
26. Kenny Rogers
27. Reba McEntire
28. Alan Jackson
29. Hank Williams
30. Lee Ann Womack
31. Johnny Cash
32. Glen Campbell
33. Willie Nelson
34. Jeannie C. Riley
35. Tammy Wynette
36. Carter Family, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
37. Roger Miller
38. Faith Hill
39. Eddy Arnold
40. Faron Young
41. Patsy Cline
42. Marty Robbins
43. Tanya Tucker
44. Vince Gill
45. Dwight Yoakam
46. the Eagles
47. Loretta Lynn
48. Brooks & Dunn
49. Ray Charles
50. Martina McBride
51. Kitty Wells
52. Randy Travis
53. Ernest Tubb
54. Dolly Parton
55. Buck Owens
56. the Judds
57. Lefty Frizzell
58. Charlie Pride
59. Hank Williams, Jr.
60. Vince Gill
61. Hank Williams
62. Alan Jackson
63. Patty Page
64. Alison Krauss
65. Lee Greenwood
66. Porter Wagoner
67. Tim McGraw with Faith Hill
68. Webb Pierce
69. Charlie Daniels
70. Vern Gosdin
71. Patty Loveless
72. Johnny Cash
73. Gov. Jimmy Davis
74. Statler Brothers
75. Deana Carter
76. Waylon Jennings
77. Shania Twain
79. Reba McEntire
80. Trisha Yearwood
81. Ronnie Milsap
82. Toby Keith
83. Lynn Anderson
84. Tim McGraw
85. LeAnn Rimes
86. Freddie Fender
87. Mary Chapin Carpenter
88. Gene Autry
89. Travis Tritt
90. Jim Reeves
91. Rosanne Cash
92. Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson
93. Johnny PayCheck
94. Lorrie Morgan
95. Flatt & Scruggs
96. Doug Stone
98. Bob Wills
99. Gene Autry
100. Clint Black
Visit the cmt.com (Country Music Television) for more information
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Country Legends and their Music
Some Hit Songs of the
TOP 10 COUNTRY MALE ARTISTS
Artists ranked according to Ralph Emery's work
--songs selected by Kenny Wolf from my research on the Internet--
I am solely responsible for the song selections for these listings
Best of #10 Hank Williams Hit songs listed above on this page
BEST OF #1
02 I WALK THE LINE
03 BIG RIVER
04 BALLAD OF A TEENAGE QUEEN
05 GUESS THINGS HAPPEN THAT WAY
06 I STILL MISS SOMEONE
07 TENNESSEE FLAT TOP BOX
08 FIVE FEET HIGH AND RISING
09 WERE YOU THERE (WHEN THEY CRUCIFIED MY LORD)
10 DONíT TAKE YOUR GUNS TO TOWN
11 THE REBEL Ė JOHNNY YUMA
12 THE BALLAD OF IRA HAYES
13 ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL
14 RING OF FIRE
15 UNDERSTAND YOUR MAN
16 JACKSON (WITH JUNE CARTER)
17 DADDY SANG BASS (WITH CARTER FAMILY & STATLER BROTHERS)
18 A BOY NAMED SUE (LIVE)
19 MAN IN BLACK
20 WHAT IS TRUTH
21 FLESH AND BLOOD
22 SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN
23 ONE PIECE AT A TIME
24 (GHOST) RIDERS IN THE SKY
25 LUTHER PLAYED THE BOOGIE
26 ROCK ISLAND LINE
27 THE WAYS OF A WOMAN IN LOVE
28 THANKS A LOT
29 THE LONG BLACK VEIL
30 THE NIGHT HANK WILLIAMS CAME TO TOWN
31 FOLSOM PRISON BLUES
32 IíM GONNA SIT ON THE PORCH AND PICK ON MY OLD GUITAR
BEST OF #2
02 BRANDED MAN
03 SING ME BACK HOME
04 THE LEGEND OF BONNIE AND CLYDE
05 I STARTED LOVING YOU AGAIN
06 MAMA TRIED
07 HUNGRY EYES
08 WORKIN' MAN BLUES
09 OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE
10 THE FIGHTIN' SIDE OF ME
12 DADDY FRANK (THE GUITAR MAN)
13 IT'S NOT LOVE (BUT IT'S NOT BAD)
14 IF WE MAKE IT THROUGH DECEMBER
15 EVERYBODY'S HAD THE BLUES
16 THINGS AREN'T FUNNY ANYMORE
17 SILVER WINGS
18 KENTUCKY GAMBLER
19 ALWAYS WANTING YOU
20 IT'S ALL IN THE MOVIES
21 I THINK I'LL JUST STAY HERE AND DRINK
22 ARE THE GOOD TIMES REALLY OVER (I WISH A BUCK WAS STILL SILVER)
23 PANCHO AND LEFTY - (WITH WILLIE NELSON)
24 LET'S CHASE EACH OTHER AROUND THE ROOM
25 ROOTS OF MY RAISINí
26 OLD MAN FROM THE MOUNTAIN
27 SING A SAD SONG
28 I'M GONNA BREAK EVERY HEART I CAN
29 SWINGING DOORS
30 THE BOTTLE LET ME DOWN
31 SOMEONE TOLD MY STORY
BEST OF #3
02 WHITE LIGHTNING
03 TENDER YEARS
04 SHE THINKS I STILL CARE
05 THE RACE IS ON
06 WALK THROUGH THIS WORLD WITH ME
07 WE CAN MAKE IT
08 LOVING YOU COULD NEVER BE BETTER
09 A PICTURE OF ME (WITHOUT YOU)
10 HER NAME IS . . .
11 IíLL JUST TAKE IT OUT IN LOVE
12 SOMEDAY MY DAY WILL COME
13 THE GRAND TOUR
14 THE DOOR
15 MEMORIES OF US
16 THE BATTLE
17 HE STOPPED LOVING HER TODAY
18 IF DRINKINí DONíT KILL ME (HER MEMORY WILL)
19 SAME OLE ME
20 I ALWAYS GET LUCKY WITH YOU
21 WINE COLORED ROSES
22 THE RIGHT LEFT HAND
23 RADIO LOVER
24 THE KING IS GONE (SO ARE YOU)
25 WHOíS GONNA FILL THEIR SHOES
26 IF MY HEART HAD WINDOWS
27 A GOOD YEAR FOR THE ROSES
28 YESTERDAYíS WINE
29 IíM A ONE WOMAN MAN
WITH TAMMY WYNETTE
BEST OF #4
01 BLUE EYES CRYING IN THE RAIN
02 IF YOUíVE GOT THE MONEY, IíVE GOT THE TIME
03 UNCLOUDY DAY
04 GEORGIA ON MY MIND
05 BLUE SKIES
06 WHISKEY RIVER
07 MAMAS DONíT LET YOUR BABIES GROW UP TO BE COWBOYS
08 MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN COWBOYS
09 ON THE ROAD AGAIN
10 ANGEL FLYING TOO CLOSE TO THE GROUND
11 ALWAYS ON MY MIND
12 LAST THING I NEEDED FIRST THING THIS MORNING
13 FADED LOVE (WITH RAY PRICE)
14 EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL (IN ITíS OWN WAY) (W/DOLLY PARTON)
15 TO ALL THE GIRLS IíVE LOVED BEFORE (W/JULIO EGLESIAS)
16 THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS
17 FORGIVING YOU WAS EASY
18 LIVING IN THE PROMISELAND
19 NOTHING I CAN DO ABOUT IT NOW
20 NIGHT LIFE
21 MR. RECORD MAN
23 FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY
24 ONE IN A ROW
25 WALTZ ACROSS TEXAS
26 SOME OTHER WORLD
27 HEALING HANDS OF TIME
28 HELLO WALLS
BEST OF #5
02 IF YOUíRE THINKING YOU WANT A STRANGER
03 FOOL HEARTED MEMORY
04 MARINA DEL RAY
05 AMARILLO BY MORNING
06 A FIRE I CANíT PUT OUT
07 YOU LOOK SO GOOD IN LOVE
08 RIGHT OR WRONG
09 LETíS FALL TO PIECES TOGETHER
10 DOES FT. WORTH EVER CROSS YOUR MIND
11 A COWBOY RIDES AWAY
12 THE FIREMAN
13 THE CHAIR
14 YOUíRE SOMETHING SPECIAL TO ME
15 NOBODY IN HIS RIGHT MIND WOULDíVE LEFT HER
16 IT AINíT COOL TO BE CRAZY ABOUT YOU
17 OCEAN FRONT PROPERTY
18 ALL MY EXíS LIVE IN TEXAS
19 AM I BLUE
20 FAMOUS LAST WORDS OF A FOOL
21 BABY BLUE
22 IF YOU AINíT LOVINí (YOU AINíT LIVINí)
23 BABYíS GOTTEN GOOD AT GOODBYE
24 WHATíS GOING ON IN YOUR WORLD
25 ACE IN THE HOLE
26 LOVE WITHOUT END, AMEN
27 DRINKING CHAMPAGNE
28 IíVE COME TO EXPECT IT FROM YOU
29 I CROSS MY HEART
30 CHECK YES OR NO
BEST OF #6
02 FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES
03 CALLINí BATON ROUGE
04 THE RIVER
05 MUCH TOO YOUNG (TO FEEL THIS OLD)
06 THE THUNDER ROLLS
07 AMERICAN HONKY TONK BAR ASSOCIATION
08 IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES
09 UNANSWERED PRAYERS
10 STANDING OUTSIDE THE FIRE
12 WHATíS SHE DOING NOW?
13 WE SHALL BE FREE
14 PAPA LOVED MAMA
16 TWO OF A KIND, WORKINí ON A FULL HOUSE
17 THAT SUMMER
18 THE DANCE
19 THE THUNDER ROLLS (LIVE)
20 UNANSWERED PRAYERS (LIVE)
21 IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES (LIVE)
22 FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES (LIVE)
23 THE DANCE (LIVE)
BEST OF #7
02 NEXT IN LINE
03 TO SEE MY ANGEL CRY
04 HELLO DARLINí
05 FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
06 AFTER THE FIRE IS GONE (WITH LORETTA LYNN)
07 (LOST HER LOVE) ON OUR LAST DATE
08 SHE NEEDS SOMEONE TO HOLD HER (WHEN SHE CRIES)
09 LOUISIANA WOMAN, MISSISSIPPI MAN (W/LYNN)
10 YOUíVE NEVER BEEN THIS FAR BEFORE
11 AS SOON AS I HANG UP THE PHONE (W/LYNN)
12 LINDA ON MY MIND
13 TOUCH THE HAND
14 THIS TIME IíVE HURT HER MORE THAN SHE LOVES ME
15 AFTER ALL THE GOOD IS GONE
16 THE GAMES THAT DADDIES PLAY
17 (I CANíT BELIEVE) SHE GIVES IT ALL TO ME
18 PLAY GUITAR PLAY
19 IíVE ALREADY LOVED YOU IN MY MIND
20 DONíT TAKE IT AWAY
21 IíD LOVE TO LAY YOU DOWN
22 TIGHT FITTINí JEANS
23 SLOW HAND
24 I CANíT STOP LOVING YOU
25 I SEE THE WANT TO IN YOUR EYES
26 RED NECKINí LOVE MAKINí NIGHT
27 IíM NOT THROUGH LOVING YOU YET
28 THE ROSE
29 RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA (WITH SAM MOORE)
30 SHEíS GOT A SINGLE THING IN MIND
BEST OF #8
02 EXCUSE ME (I THINK IíVE GOT A HEARTACHE)
03 ACT NATURALLY
04 TOGETHER AGAIN
05 I DONíT CARE (JUST AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME)
06 IíVE GOT A TIGER BY THE TAIL
07 ONLY YOU (CAN BREAK MY HEART)
08 WAITINí IN YOUR WELFARE LINE
09 OPEN UP YOUR HEART
10 SAMíS PLACE
11 IT TAKES PEOPLE LIKE YOU (TO MAKE PEOPLE LIKE ME)
12 SWEET ROSIE JONES
13 WHOíS GONNA MOW YOUR GRASS
14 TALL DARK STRANGER
15 THE KANSAS SONG
16 ROLLINí IN MY SWEET BABYíS ARMS
17 ABOVE AND BEYOND
18 FOOLINí AROUND
19 UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF LOVE
20 LOVEíS GONNA LIVE HERE
21 MY HEART SKIPS A BEAT
22 CRYINí TIME
23 BEFORE YOU GO
25 THINK OF ME
26 WHERE DOES THE GOOD TIMES GO
27 YOUR TENDER LOVING CARE
28 HOW LONG WILL MY BABY BE GONE
29 JOHNNY B. GOODE
30 BIG IN VEGAS
31 RUBY (ARE YOU MAD)
32 MADE IN JAPAN
BEST OF #9
02 IíLL HOLD YOU IN MY HEART
04 BOUQUET OF ROSES
05 DONíT ROB ANOTHER MANíS CASTLE
06 THEREíS BEEN A CHANGE IN YOU
07 A FULL TIME JOB
08 I WANNA PLAY HOUSE WITH YOU
09 IíM GONNA LOCK MY HEART (AND THROW AWAY THE KEY)
10 THE CATTLE CALL
11 THAT DO MAKE IT NICE
12 TENNESSEE STUD
13 WHATíS HE DOING IN MY WORLD
14 MAKE THE WORLD GO AWAY
15 I WANT TO GO WITH YOU
16 LETíS GET IT WHILE THE GETTINíS GOOD
17 I REALLY DONíT WANT TO KNOW
18 MISTY BLUE
19 JUST A LITTLE LOVINí (WILL GO A LONG WAY)
20 MOLLIE DARLING
21 TURN THE WORLD AROUND
22 THE RICHEST MAN (IN THE WORLD)
23 LAST WORD IN LONESOME IS ME
24 LONELY AGAIN
25 JUST CALL ME LONESOME
26 SOMEBODY LIKE ME
27 THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE
28 IíM THROWING RICE (AT THE GIRL I LOVE)
29 YOU DONíT KNOW ME
30 THE TIP OF MY FINGERS
31 THEY DONíT MAKE LOVE LIKE THEY USED TO
32 CALLING MARY NAMES
33 I CANíT STOP LOVING YOU
34 OH LONESOME ME
35 BLESSED ASSURANCE
With my love of the music of Hank Williams Sr., I first listened to Hank Jr. singing the major songs of Hank Williams. His interpretation of his dadís songs was top notch. As a small boy, he went up on the stage and imitated his dad for many a pleased crowd of people. Iíll be honest here. The first time I listened to the music of Hank Jr. when he began venturing out on his own songs and incorporated his own unique style, I thought it was a little too loud and ďrowdyĒ. I thought Hank Williams Jr. was too much of an ďoutlawĒ.
It didnít take long for me to see that being born the son of a famous and popular performer like Hank Williams, definitely gave Bocephus a big boost in his own career. But was it the name alone that was the big boost? I believe the name obviously helped, but it was the genes he inherited from his dad and his own perseverance in developing that inherited talent that has made Hank Williams Jr. the dynamic country artist that he has become.
Hank Williams Jr. may be standing in the shadows,
but the applause you hear when Hank Williams Jr. performs is for him! Yes,
I think he has been successful in his attempt to carry on the name of Hank
Williams and the family tradition.
(Selected songs taken from Greatest Hits I, II and III)
01 Family Tradition; 02 Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound; 03 Women Iíve Never Had; 04 Old Habits; 05 Kaw-Liga; 06 Dixie On My Mind; 07 Texas Women; 08 The American Dream; 09 A Country Boy Can Survive; 10 All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down); 11 All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight; 12 Man Of Steel; 13 Honky Tonkiní; 14 The Conversation (with Waylon Jennings); 15 Queen Of My Heart; 16 Gonna Go Huntiní Tonight; 17 Attitude Adjustment; 18 Major Moves; 19 Leave Them Boys Alone; 20 Iím For Love; 21 This Ainít Dallas; 22 Ainít Misbehaviní; 23 Country State Of Mind; 24 Mind Your Own Business; 25 Born To Boogie; 26 Young Country; 27 Heaven Canít Be Found; 28 Thereís A Tear In My Beer (with Hank Williams Sr.)
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