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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Happy 80th Birthday Willie Nelson! / His Top 80 Songs

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Dave’s Music Database initially posted its ranking of the top 10 Willie Nelson songs on its Facebook page in response to a July 12, 2010, Paste magazine list of The 10 Best Willie Nelson Songs. That list has been updated and expanded to a top 80 list here in honor of Nelson’s 80th birthday. Included are songs written by Nelson but performed by others (noted in parentheses) and songs Nelson covered which have DMDB higher-ranked versions by other artists (*).

Crazy (live with Diana Krall & Elvis Costello,
in honor of Nelson’s 70th birthday)

1. Crazy (recorded by Patsy Cline, written by Willie Nelson; 1961)
2. Always on My Mind (1982)
3. On the Road Again (1980)
4. Good Hearted Woman (live with Waylon Jennings, 1975)
5. Georgia on My Mind (1978) *
6. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (1975)
7. Hello Walls (recorded by Faron Young, written by Willie Nelson; 1961)
8. Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys (with Waylon Jennings, 1978)
9. To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before (with Julio Iglesias, 1984)
10. Funny How Time Slips Away (recorded by Billy Walker, written by Nelson, 1961)

Always on My Mind

11. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (1980)
12. Blue Skies (1978) *
13. Pancho and Lefty (with Merle Haggard, 1983) *
14. Beer for My Horses (with Toby Keith, 2002)
15. Angels Flying Too Close to the Sun (1981)
16. Night Life (recorded by Paul Buskirk, written by Nelson, 1959)
17. City of New Orleans (1984)
18. Mona Lisa (1981) *
19. Heartbreak Hotel (with Leon Russell, 1979) *
20. If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time (1976) *

On the Road Again (live with various artists at the 2012 CMA Awards)

21. Whiskey River (live, 1978)
22. Help Me Make It Through the Night (1979) *
23. Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning (1982)
24. Me and Paul (1971, re-recorded in 1985)
25. The Highwayman (with Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, & Kris Kristofferson; 1985)
26. Let It Be Me (1982)
27. Uncloudy Day (1976)
28. Nothing I Can Do About It (1989)
29. Fire and Rain (1975) *
30. Seven Spanish Angels (with Ray Charles, 1984)

Good Hearted Woman (live with Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, & Kris Kristofferson)

31. Living in the Promiseland (1986)
32. Forgiving You Was Easy (1985)
33. Remember Me When the Candle Lights Are Gleaming (1976)
34. Just to Satisfy You (with Waylon Jennings, 1982)
35. Bloody Mary Morning (1974)
36. All of Me (1978) *
37. Faded Love (with Ray Price, 1980) *
38. Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer) (1973)
39. Yesterday’s Wine (1971)
40. Everything’s Beautiful in Its Own Way (with Dolly Parton, 1982)

41. The Party’s Over (1967)
42. I’d Have to Be Crazy (1976)
43. My Own Peculiar Way (1965)
44. Mr. Record Man (1962)
45. Good Times (1968)
46. Bring Me Sunshine (1968)
47. Sweet Memories (1979)
48. If You Can Touch Her at All (1978)
49. Touch Me (1962)
50. Something to Brag About (with Mary Kay Place, 1977)

Georgia on My Mind (live with Ray Charles)

51. Baby It’s Cold Outside (with Norah Jones, 2009) *
52. She’s Not for You (1965)
53. If I Were a Carpenter (with Sheryl Crow, 2007) *
54. Half a Man (1963)
55. Take It to the Limit (with Waylon Jennings, 1983) *
56. Heartaches of a Fool (1981)
57. America the Beautiful (2001) *
58. Healing Hands of Time (1965)
59. Without a Song (1983)
60. Crazy Arms (1979) *

Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain (live with Shania Twain)

61. I’m a Memory (1971)
62. Mendocino County Line (with Lee Ann Womack, 2002)
63. Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond of Each Other (2006)
64. Midnight Rider (1979) *
65. There You Are (1989)
66. I Loe You a Thousand Ways (1977)
67. Why Do I Have to Choose (1983)
68. I Still Can’t Believe You’re Gone (1974)
69. One in a Row (1966)
70. You Ought to Hear Me Now (1977)

Willie Nelson and Faron Young discuss “Hello Walls”

71. Little Old Fashioned Karma (1983)
72. Blackjack County Chain (1967)
73. It’s Not Supposed to Be That Way (1976)
74. Time of the Preacher (1975)
75. Little Things (1968)
76. Family Bible (1971)
77. Shotgun Willie (1973)
78. Sad Songs and Waltzes (1973)
79. It Was a Very Good Year (with Ray Charles, 2004) *
80. Reasons to Quit (with Merle Haggard, 1983)

Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys (live with Matchbox 20)


Awards:

Funny How Time Slips Away/Night Life


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