Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams Top Rolling Stone’s List of ‘Greatest Country Songs’

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Johnny Cash (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Johnny Cash (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Ranked lists of any kind are a tough proposition. And so it goes with Rolling Stone Country‘s new list of the “100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time.”

At first glance, the list is pretty straightforward. Coming in at No. 1 is Johnny Cash‘s “I Walk the Line,” followed by such equally undeniable classics as Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” Hank Williams‘ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “George Jones‘ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and Jimmie Rodgers‘ “Standing on the Corner.”

The list goes on to include songs by legends like Bill Monroe, Bob Wills, the Carter Family, Ernest Tubb and Kitty Wells, as well as songs from relatively less-well-known artists such as D.L. Menard, O.B. McClinton, the Mississippi Sheiks, the Flatlanders and Ray Wylie Hubbard.

It also includes plenty of today’s hitmakers, among them Taylor Swift (at No. 24, “Mean” is the list’s first song from a contemporary artist), Eric Church, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.


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