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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #25 on: January 20, 2019, 11:53:06 pm »
There ain't near enough Waylon on that list. :laugh:

But in truth, I couldn't have picked the "greatest". I love classic country and classic rock. (Big Band, classical and show music as well).

The new stuff doesn't flick my bic. I must be turning into a geezer!

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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #26 on: January 21, 2019, 03:57:57 am »
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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #27 on: January 21, 2019, 04:09:04 am »
So many songs by David Allan Coe passed over.  What a shame.

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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #28 on: January 21, 2019, 04:14:37 am »
So many songs by David Allan Coe passed over.  What a shame.
Some you can't really post on a family forum....without warnings and stuff...

No John Prine, here either...(fixed that)


Sorry...
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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #29 on: January 21, 2019, 04:20:46 am »
Some you can't really post on a family forum....without warnings and stuff...

No John Prine, here either...(fixed that)


Sorry...

Here's the album of all of them... consider yourselves warned.
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Okay, it isn't really *all* of them.
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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #30 on: January 21, 2019, 04:22:49 am »
Here's the album of all of them... consider yourselves warned.

Sorry...
I first heard many at biker parties in my bad old days.....
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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #31 on: January 21, 2019, 04:28:47 am »
But none of those have anything about mama, or trucks, or trains, or prison, or even getting drunk.


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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #32 on: January 21, 2019, 04:39:15 am »
Sorry...

Confederate Railroad, too...
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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #34 on: January 21, 2019, 03:03:08 pm »
Confederate Railroad, too...
A little more rock-and-roll, but this is one of my faves from them:

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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #35 on: January 21, 2019, 03:59:11 pm »
This is an impossible effort. Like everything else involving taste, it’s subjective. The best songs and genres are whatever an individual says they are, based on their personal, emotional connection to the music. The best, is whatever you like best.

I love the classics and blue grass but don’t care much for contemporary country and western. But, occasionally I hear a stray song out of Nashville that stays true to its roots and can even earn a thumbs up from me.
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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #36 on: January 21, 2019, 06:21:37 pm »
@Jazzhead

Yeah,those two. Also,Poncho and Lefty by Willie,as well as Seven Spanish Angels by Willie and Mr Ray Charles.

Speaking of Rodney Crowell,he,Willie,and Lyle Lovett (another great) were on a PBS "Songwriters Special" on teebee one night,and they each did their favorite songs that were written and performed by one of the others. Rodney Crowell sang "Until I Gain Control Again",and damned if he didn't have Willie crying before he was done. That was some powerful stuff he was putting out. Crowell is vastly underrated in my opinion. Check out his album with John Paul Stevens and Roseanne Cash that was recorded in a mansion (the Luck mansion?) in Memphis for some really,REALLY good singing and playing. You will be glad you did.


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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #37 on: January 21, 2019, 07:27:13 pm »
I find no defining lines, between "Country & Western," Rock, Folk etc.

Not to mention Ray Charles' C & W style tunes.



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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #38 on: January 21, 2019, 07:41:06 pm »
I find no defining lines, between "Country & Western," Rock, Folk etc.

Not to mention Ray Charles' C & W style tunes.

Tom Petty said it best, "Most modern Country is just 'bad rock with a fiddle'"

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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #39 on: January 21, 2019, 08:40:03 pm »
This is an impossible effort. Like everything else involving taste, it’s subjective. The best songs and genres are whatever an individual says it is based on their personal, emotional connection to the music. The best is whatever you like best.

I love the classics and blue grass but don’t care much for contemporary country and western. But, occasionally I hear a stray song out of Nashville that stays true to its roots and can even earn a thumbs up from me.

I fully agree with your statement above. Also, the genre has spanned more than 90 years, how does one limit the "best" to just 12?  :shrug:
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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #40 on: January 21, 2019, 09:27:24 pm »
Tom Petty said it best, "Most modern Country is just 'bad rock with a fiddle'"

   I like that @dfwgator Since I quite marrying women (and then divorcing) in the early 80's I quit listening to that kind of Country, now I'm stuck on Americana, though similar and involves fiddles, they pay tribute to the Greats like Haggard, Waylon, to name just a few, more often than not.
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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #41 on: January 21, 2019, 09:31:08 pm »

What did you do here, @sneakypete ?    You posted as me while editing away five sixths of my post!

@Jazzhead

I am wondering what happened myself. I copied and edited your post to make my comments,and when I posted it,I posted it as you, Must have spend 10 minutes looking for my post before I found it and saw I had posted as you.

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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #42 on: January 21, 2019, 09:34:56 pm »
I find no defining lines, between "Country & Western," Rock, Folk etc.

Not to mention Ray Charles' C & W style tunes.

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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #43 on: January 21, 2019, 09:41:13 pm »
   I like that @dfwgator Since I quite marrying women (and then divorcing) in the early 80's I quit listening to that kind of Country, now I'm stuck on Americana, though similar and involves fiddles, they pay tribute to the Greats like Haggard, Waylon, to name just a few, more often than not.

Heck Country now is more like (c)Rap with those frickin' Snap Tracks.

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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #44 on: January 21, 2019, 10:29:14 pm »
Heck Country now is more like (c)Rap with those frickin' Snap Tracks.
Putting rap in country is like putting tofu in a hamburger.  **nononono*
Full stop. Instant turnoff. trash can or some poor dog, if they'll eat it.
To me, it isn't country, it is someone trying to be 'cool'--and I was country long before it was cool.
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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #45 on: January 22, 2019, 02:48:57 pm »

Sorry...

Although this is gospel; I remember the first time I heard this one Sunday evening... I remember it to this day. Other good versions out there including one by Rickie Van Shelton, a somewhat more recent artists.

Gentleman Jim, also recorded in the Afikaaner language for those interested.  They can look it up.

"White Cliffs of Dover" by him is fine too even though this veers a bit out of country and Vera Lynn's original I probably still prefer.


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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #46 on: January 22, 2019, 02:54:57 pm »
I'd go with "I'm so lonesome I could cry" as number one.
"Sing me back home" by Merle Haggard ought to be included.
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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #47 on: January 22, 2019, 02:58:48 pm »
Also could include a cowboy song like Eddy Arnold's "Cattle Call" (do-YIP-da-do-DO-da-do-do), or Gene Autry's "Back in the Saddle again".
Also, were is the "Wabash Cannonball"?
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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #48 on: January 22, 2019, 03:07:24 pm »
@GrouchoTex

If I had to name one song that triggers a strong emotional attachment for me it’s, I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry. Of course, the National Anthem is number one for me in the category of songs with an emotional trigger.

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Re: The 12 Best Country Songs of All Time
« Reply #49 on: January 22, 2019, 03:19:29 pm »
@GrouchoTex

If I had to name one song that triggers a strong emotional attachment for me it’s, I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry. Of course, the National Anthem is number one for me in the category of songs with an emotional trigger.

We agree.

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