Sunday, 21 August 2011

Top 25 Country Songs, #15 - 11


The man in black... and white.


Howdy thurr deputies and welcome back to the country countdown. Yeehaw! Insert random stereotypical cowboy and or redneck line here. Something about a hoedown throwdown perhaps? No? Ok. We're getting straight into the music today and first up... it's Billy Ray Cyrus with 'Achy Breaky Heart.' Nah, I'm totally lying! HA! Jokes on you.


#15. White Horse (2008)
by Taylor Swift




T-Sweezy was bound to make an appearance at some stage and here she is! Don't worry, 'You Belong to Me' and 'Love Story' didn't make the cut. Why? Because there's no pain in those songs and as you should know by now, country music is the music of pain, suffering and love lost. That pretty much sums up 'White Horse.' That, and the Kanye West VMA incident. Think about it. 


Best Lines: "This is a big world, That was a small town, There in my rearview mirror disappearing now."


#14. I Walk The Line (1956)
by Johnny Cash




Essentially, this is Cash saying the only thing that held him back from being an out of control rock country star was his wife. Not June Carter. Vivian. Come on, you've all seen the movie. Actually, it's probably got nothing to do with that, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Go find the demo and relish the fact that Cash went with this uptempo version. The original would have been 'cure for insomnia' slow. 


Best Line: "Because you're mine, I walk the line." 


#13. Always On My Mind (1982)
by Willie Nelson




Nelson wasn't the first (or last) person to record 'Always On My Mind,' but his version remains to this day the best. Yes, better than Elvis. Ah, yeah... better than the Pet Shop Boys. You can't see it, but just know that I'm shaking my head at you right now for liking the Pet Shop Boys' version. This most excellent cover would go on to win Song of the Year at the Grammys and even crossed over to the pop charts, cementing Willie's status as a country legend. He would almost destroy that legacy by associating himself with the Jessica Simpson abortion that was 'These Boots Are Made For Walking.' Almost.


Best Lines: "Maybe I didn't love you, Quite as often as I could have."


#12. I Fall To Pieces (1961)
by Patsy Cline




Oh, Patsy. All those groups on Facebook about sitting in your room naked, crying loudly and listening to Adele should clearly be changed to include Patsy Cline, Princess of Pain. In a perfect world, this list would have been dominated by songs from the dozens of albums she should have released. However, if there's one thing you can take from the music of Patsy Cline, it's that the real world is far from perfect. That... and men are heartbreaking pigs.


Best Line: "You walk by and I fall to pieces."


#11. Your Cheatin' Heart (1953)
by Hank Williams




You'll get what you deserve, you cheatin' hussy! That's how Hank Williams felt and I say good for him! Kick her to the curb and be done with the two-timing skank. One of country music's many great standards and a song held in such high regard, Rolling Stone placed it at #213 on the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.


Best Lines: "You'll cry and cry and try to sleep, But sleep won't come the whole night through."

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