Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. In the course of his almost five-decade recording career, Johnny Cash created many of the greatest songs in country and pop music. Cash had quite the way with a story song, and this heartbreaking western anthem became his first chart-topper after his move from Sun to Columbia Records.
4. You Are My Sunshine
It is simply impossible to showcase this icon through a list or a playlist since he was such a prolific talent until his last breath. If you do only have time for ten songs Cash recorded, however, these ten do an elegant job of painting a portrait of the Man in Black worth remembering. During the composition process, Lowe penned the song in the voice of Cash. Sure enough, when Cash did get around to it in , it became his song. Once they did come around, he explored concept albums about the Gospel and country western folk heroes and the like… but before that, his songs were known best as disjointed 45s. Cash interacts with the inmates throughout its entirety, and the banter is so quintessentially Johnny Cash. The song is also one of the ultimate exercises through prison-related imagery for Cash. He most surely had a penchant for embodying the disenfranchised prisoner.
Johnny Cash had an incredible list of hit songs that started with "Cry! This list of the Top 10 Johnny Cash Songs represents each era of his massive career. Although Johnny Cash could tackle several serious social issues in many of his songs, there was something magical about pairing the twisted poetry and stories of Silverstein with the singer's distinct fatherly voice. Wonder why Johnny Cash wears black? Apparently the question had been asked so much that Cash wrote a song about his wardrobe choice. In , "Man in Black" answered the question and peaked at No. The song represents what the giant is all about, and that's the reason we place it on our list of the Top 10 Johnny Cash Songs. The Cowboy Jack Clement composition hit the top in and stayed put for 10 weeks. Cash became friends with Kristofferson, and in , he formed a supergroup with his other pals Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson to create the Grammy-winning Highwayman album.
Country music icon Johnny Cash died on Sept. But "Folsom Prison Blues" includes the infamous lyrics "I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die," and a live version recorded at Folsom State Prison went 1 on the country music charts in Which song is most iconic? It's to get my pitch. I n a telephone interview, Cash stated:. Cash was inspired to write this subversive song after seeing the movie "Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison" It combines two popular folk tropes, the train song and the prison song. Originally recorded in studio in , the song's most famous incarnation is Cash's performance for the inmates of Folsom Prison itself on January 13, That version was eventually released on the album "At Folsom Prison" the same year.