Friday, June 1, 2012

Country Music’s All-Time Classics According to the Classic Pop Yahoo Group

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Steve Sullivan was one of my early fans on my Dave’s Music Database Facebook page. I was delighted when I found out he did the research behind one of my music bibles – Pop Memories 1890-1954, published by Record Research. The tome, filled with chart data, has a revered place amongst the dozen or so books on the shelf above my computer desk.


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Steve will soon roll out The Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings, volumes 1 and 2. As he describes on his Classic Pop Yahoo Group, the pair of books “feature essays on slightly over 1,000 great pop song recordings over the past 120-plus years.” He covers “John Philip Sousa marches, Victorian-era parlor ballads and Scott Joplin rags” as well as jazz (Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis), blues (Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson, and Howlin' Wolf), country and bluegrass (the Carter Family, Bill Monroe, Johnny Cash), the Great American Songbook (the Gershwins, Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter), classic vocalists (Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett), folk (Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger), gospel (Blind Willie Johnson, Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe), ethnic/world music (Amede Ardoin, Tito Puente, Bob Marley), soul (Louis Jordan, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin), the rock & roll (Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Bruce Springsteen), and contemporary-era sounds (Eminem, Green Day, Arcade Fire).

His post on May 31 ranks more than 1000 all-time country and bluegrass songs. He taps more than 50 sources, including Billboard’s country charts from 1939 through 2011, the Grammy Hall of Fame, the National Recording Registry, country music awards, National Public Radio, the works of multiple music authors, and nearly every issue of the Journal of Country Music from 1970 through 2006. I’ve posted the top 100 songs from that list, but the links for all four parts of the list are posted below. Dave’s Music Database has done a list of the top 100 country songs of all time as well. You can check it out here.

Country Music’s All-Time Classics: The Top 100

Crazy

1. Crazy (1961) – Patsy Cline
2. Stand By Your Man (1968) - Tammy Wynette
3. He Stopped Loving Her Today (1980) - George Jones
4. I Walk the Line (1956) - Johnny Cash
5. New San Antonio Rose (1940) - Bob Wills & Texas Playboys
6. It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels (1952) - Kitty Wells
7. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (1949) - Hank Williams
8. Wabash Cannonball (1947) - Roy Acuff
9. Folsom Prison Blues (1956) - Johnny Cash
10. I Fall to Pieces (1961) - Patsy Cline

Stand by Your Man

11. Wildwood Flower (1928) - Carter Family
12. Blue Yodel (T for Texas) (1928) - Jimmie Rodgers
13. Blue Moon of Kentucky (1946) - Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys
14. Coal Miner’s Daughter (1970) - Loretta Lynn
15. Crazy Arms (1956) - Ray Price
16. Your Cheatin’ Heart (1953) - Hank Williams
17. I’m Movin’ On (1950) - Hank Snow
18. El Paso (1959) - Marty Robbins
19. Foggy Mountain Breakdown (1950) - Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
20. Can the Circle Be Unbroken (1935) - Carter Family

He Stopped Loving Her Today

21. Sixteen Tons (1955) - Tennessee Ernie Ford
22. Mama Tried (1968) - Merle Haggard
23. Walking the Floor Over You (1941) - Ernest Tubb
24. King of the Road (1965) - Roger Miller
25. Tumbling Tumbleweeds (1934) - Sons of the Pioneers
26. Lovesick Blues (1949) - Hank Williams
27. Ring of Fire (1963) - Johnny Cash
28. Coat of Many Colors (1971) - Dolly Parton
29. You Are My Sunshine (1941) - Jimmie Davis
30. He’ll Have to Go (1960) - Jim Reeves

I Walk the Line

31. Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain (1975) - Willie Nelson
32. The Wild Side of Life (1952) - Hank Thompson
33. Back in the Saddle Again (1939) - Gene Autry
34. The Battle of New Orleans (1959) - Johnny Horton
35. The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane (1923) – Fiddlin’ John Carson
36. Mule Skinner Blues (1940) - Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys
37. I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart (1935) - Patsy Montana
38. Ode to Billie Joe (1967) - Bobbie Gentry
39. Help Me Make It Through the Night (1971) - Sammi Smith
40. Always on My Mind (1982) - Willie Nelson

New San Antonio Rose

41. She Thinks I Still Care (1962) - George Jones
42. Rank Strangers (1960) - Stanley Brothers
43. Jambalaya (On the Bayou) (1952) - Hank Williams
44. Behind Closed Doors (1973) - Charlie Rich
45. Pistol Packin’ Mama (1943) - Al Dexter
46. Sallie Gooden (1922) - Eck Robertson
47. Cool Water (1941) - Sons of the Pioneers
48. Hello Walls (1961) - Faron Young
49. Hey Good Lookin’ (1951) - Hank Williams
50. I Will Always Love You (1974) - Dolly Parton

It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels

51. Great Speckled Bird (1936) - Roy Acuff
52. The Prisoner’s Song (1925) - Vernon Dalhart
53. Wichita Lineman (1968) - Glen Campbell
54. The Devil Went Down to Georgia (1979) - Charlie Daniels Band
55. Born to Lose (1943) - Ted Daffan
56. (There’ll Be) Peace In the Valley (1951) - Red Foley
57. Hello Darlin’ (1970) - Conway Twitty
58. Gentle on My Mind (1967) - Glen Campbell
59. For the Good Times (1970) - Ray Price
60. There Stands the Glass (1953) - Webb Pierce

I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

61. By the Time I Get to Phoenix (1967) - Glen Campbell
62. If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time (1950) - Lefty Frizzell
63. Bouquet of Roses (1948) - Eddy Arnold
64. The Dance (1990) - Garth Brooks
65. Friends in Low Places (1990) - Garth Brooks
66. Detroit City (1963) - Bobby Bare
67. Make the World Go Away (1965) - Eddy Arnold
68. I Hope You Dance (2000) - Lee Ann Womack
69. Blue Suede Shoes (1956) - Carl Perkins
70. I Can’t Stop Loving You (1962) - Ray Charles

Wabash Cannonball

71. Bye Bye Love (1957) - Everly Brothers
72. I Don’t Hurt Anymore (1954) - Hank Snow
73. Forever and Ever, Amen (1987) - Randy Travis
74. Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys (1978) – Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
75. The Cattle Call (1944/1955) - Eddy Arnold
76. The Wreck of the Old ‘97 (1924) - Vernon Dalhart
77. Tennessee Waltz (1950) - Patti Page
78. Steel Guitar Rag (1936) - Bob Wills & Texas Playboys
79. Earl’s Breakdown (1951) - Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
80. Slowly (1954) - Webb Pierce

Folsom Prison Blues

81. Cold, Cold Heart (1951) - Hank Williams
82. Lovesick Blues (1928) - Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers
83. Soldier’s Joy (1929) - Gid Tanner & Skillet Lickers
84. There’s a Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere (1943) - Elton Britt
85. Happy Trails (1952) - Roy Rogers & Dale Evans
86. The Grand Tour (1974) - George Jones
87. On the Road Again (1980) - Willie Nelson
88. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1949) - Gene Autry
89. City Lights (1958) - Ray Price
90. In the Jailhouse Now (1928) - Jimmie Rodgers

I Fall to Pieces

91. Keep on the Sunny Side (1928) - Carter Family
92. Blues Stay Away from Me (1949) - Delmore Brothers
93. I`ve Got a Tiger by the Tail (1965) - Buck Owens
94. Don’t Let Your Deal Do Down Blues (1925) – Charlie Poole
95. Sin City (1969) - Flying Burrito Brothers
96. Waiting for a Train (1928) - Jimmie Rodgers
97. Don’t Be Cruel (1956) - Elvis Presley
98. Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) (1947) – Tex Williams & Western Caravan
99. Dark As a Dungeon (1946) - Merle Travis
100. This Land Is Your Land (1944) - Woody Guthrie

Check out Steve’s Yahoo Group for more lists, such as greatest ethnic and world music recordings, greatest gospel music song recordings, and the top 40 jukebox hits of all time.


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