Top Ten Johnny Cash Songs

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The Top Ten

1
Hurt
my eyes water every time I hear this...
This song had actually saved my life. It really has. I went through an awful stage in my life and started doing something to cope with my problems that in fact made the situation worse. Its ok though I've arranged to talk to a professional. This song helped me on some of my worst days. Its the best cover in the world. He took a song and made it his own but it worked because he had the emotions right. Johnny's life was ending. He was watching the love of his life die in front of him. In many ways, this was like his last words. I love the original too but this is the best cover in the whole world. You wouldn't even know it was a cover.
the most moving song I have ever heard.
[Newest]So sad and hits ya in heart

2I Walk the Line
I've loved Johnny Cash's music since the first time he ever opened his mouth to sing. No one will ever replace him in my heart.
Come on, this one is a poem, one who no one should love that much, because it means that you are crazy as well...
Just walk the line...
[Newest]I really love this song. I agreed to the wordings and I always dance this this one song. Thank you Mr. Cash.

3Folsom Prison Blues
The best real simple country song you can ever heard, I think even johnny cash knew that he hadn't produced such a perfect song like Folsom prison Blues,
Greatest song ever made by Johnny Cash, really gives a groovy feeling but also gives you a country / folky feeling, and the realisation of how bad Folsom Prison really is/was.R.I. P Johnny Cash, He'll always be remembered for his great music, and even now Folsom Prison Blues is still a legendary song.
Wow, this song is what makes cash great to listen to I listen to this song at least once a day. The man in black is a legend.R.I. P but he still lives forever though song
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I love Johnny cashes songs

4Ring of Fire
I'm a Dutch guy born in the 90's, And I Love Johnny Cash, also my friends, The Ring Of Fire is the song we love the most. At every party we are asking for this song!
This song introduced me to Johnny Cash, it's one of my favourite country songs, even my friends sing along to it, and the music they listen to is stuff like ( Eminem, Rihanna, Lady GaGa eg. )
One of the best country song never made... Johnny cash had show in the 60's how he was born to do music.
[Newest]How is it even slightly possible that this isn't #1? This needs so many more votes, it at least needs to get to the top 5 because this is just a sad spot for his best song. If you are reading this then vote for this song!

5God's Gonna Cut You Down
Come on this is a classic and makes your spine shiver from the voice of Johnny. This song is one of my favorites and always will be
I love him, when I listen to his songs I go to another level of thinking of life, but this one is a killer, makes you think about death.
Have just discovered Cash's later, Rubin era, music and it's like discovering Bowie all over again. Stark, stripped, simple words and music, a legend

6Cry, Cry, Cry
Cry Cry Cry is one of Johnny's legendary songs, it should be at least with the top 5
This is one of his greatest songs ever, it belongs with the top 5
Absolutely legendary hit... Underrated for its brilliance

7Highwayman
The version performed with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson is one of the most brilliant songs in history of music. Every time I listen to this I nearly start to cry. Absolutely legendary. Love thoes great men.
This should be number one! Need I mention this song does not only have Johnny Cash in it, but also Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson!
Amazing lyrics and music!

8A Boy Named Sue
Flat out best story ever told on a song. This is the greatest Johnny Cash song hands down! Every time I listen to it I promise I'm going to name my first son Sue.
Every time I listen to this it makes me want to name myson sue. This is my favriot song of all time. I just love this song. It should be number 1.
I love the story in this song.. It has dark humour and teaches a lesson...
[Newest]A good comedy song

9Man In Black
This song shows that Johnny not only speaks for himself but others. He realizes that this world is not a peaceful one and that it never will be. Johnny Cash wore the black because he wanted to show this.

Johnny Cash is an excellent role model, and shows it in this song in a matter that emphasizes the need for morality in today's society. He bears the cross of the people so that everyone else's day may be brighter
Great song, really moving and the deepest of reflections

10Get Rhythm
If you only know the "Popular" J.C. Songs, in addition to Get Rhythm, try listening to: Big River (genius), Luther played the boogie, Straight A's in Love, Delia's Gone, and of course Hey Porter.
It'll shake all the trouble from your worried mind!

The Contenders

11I Still Miss Someone

12One Piece at a Time

13Cocaine Blues
A great song from one of the greatest albums of all time by one of the greatest artists of all time
The most coolest song

14The Man Comes Around
This song is my favorite Johnny Cash song! His Revelation songs like this and Redemption Day really speak to the truth of what we need to look to in these days of immorality. Johnny's life speaks, and he saw this as important. "And at His feet, they'll cast a golden crown..."
The poetry and music make this one of Cash best songs if not the best. Top three for sure.
What the hell this is one of his best up there with hurt and Folsom prison blues it is lyrically genius. One of my favourite songs ever

15Sunday Morning Coming Down
Kris Kristofferson may have wrote this song, but I believe that even he would agree that it was Johnny's song. Johnny even basically said as much on his 1970's television show. Not may songs called "epic" truly are epic, but this one deserves that label. This is a top five song, in a laundry list of amazing Johnny Cash sung songs. AND Kris did his own song proud when he sung it at the Johnny Cash Memorial Concert (see YouTube).
Lyrically the best johnny cash song in my opinion. I also play it whenever I'm hungover, I wish it was better known though my friend said johnny cash was his favourite singer yet had never heard this
Totally ^ this one is the best
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I wish Scotty McCreey would record this song. I think it was Johnny's BEST!

16Jackson
Such a good song - really puts you in a good mood and I also love june carter's voice as well!
This is the best John/June song. Belongs in Top 5, even with stuff competition

17(Ghost) Riders In the Sky
Great acoustic song, awesome rythym. Really one of the best songs of jonnhy cash.
Best remake song period... Should be in the top 5 maybe even just the top 10 this song deserves a much higher place
Great lyrics, got to feel it inside your head for getting the meaning

18Ain't No Grave
The Undertaker will be remembered for much longer as this chillingly good song echoes through the decades and will keep Johnny Cash's name where it belongs- among legends... RIP Johnny.
Most beautiful song ever. This song always sends shivers down my spine. Damn.
I adore the guitar in this song, the lyrics and everything!

19Guess Things Happen That Way

20Hey Porter
One of Johnny's first hits. It still holds up today, even if traveling by train has gone out of style. I would place this in Johnny Cash's top ten essential songs.

21Daddy Sang Bass
Ok. For all of you who think song sampling is a new invention, the great Carl Perkins wrote this song for John making the Carter family famous song even better. Top 25 J.C. song.

22I've Been Everywhere
you can't listen to this song.. I've Been Everywhere.. without getting up and dancing. this song rocks the house and for us adventurous souls who've done a lot of traveling or moving around- we can relate to its message.

23I Hung My Head
#25?! Give me a break. What's wrong with the world? This has to be a joke! Who's messing with me? Number 1 and there isn't a doubt about it in my mind. Something has to be done about this. This is an outrage!
Strong, classic, haunting and so very cash
Number one no doubt! Asf sad kj;l skjf a;ksj j

24I See a Darkness

25Don't Take Your Guns to Town
It is not good place for this beautiful sing.
Great song! At least it have to stand 10th

26In the Jailhouse Now
This song is so underrated, it certainy deserves to be among the top 5
I agree this is an underrated song. It is the best cover of this song.

27San Quentin

28I Won't Back Down
Listen to that song, one of the best of Johnny Cash Song
Amazing and mesmerizing. This song is a true masterpiece.

29Redemption Day

30Rusty Cage
One of the best songs from johnny rest in piece
Great song of Johnny

31Rose of My Heart
This song is so beautiful I can't't stop lisstening to it. I can't believe it's 46 on the list!

32Understand Your Man
Great bookend to "I walk the Line". The beginning and ending of a marriage. There are better Johnny Cash songs, but in context this is one worth listening to.

33On the Evening Train
I can't believe I'm the one adding this to the list, it must already be with the top 15!

34The Beast In Me
Deepest cash song there is... And I would vote for hurt but lets face it... Its OVERRATED... And anydepressed teenager thinks there cashs number one fan just because they can connect to one song

35Big River
One reason why Johnny Cash is Number ONE has to do with the quality of his songs. Where other top artists may have 20-30 awesome songs over a career, Johnny has hundreds that would qualify. Sometimes, especially with Johnny Cash songs, some of his earlier works do not get the recognition they deserve, and even more so when the listener was born after 1980 and does not really know his earlier work. Big River is poetry, sung by a poet at the top of his game. Perhaps not his number one song, but at least in the conversation for his best when he was at his best.
Amazing song. Belongs in top Five. Johnny sang three good versions (one with the Highwaymen).
Just a great country rock song, great storytelling lyrics, instantly recognisable intro that sounds just as fresh to this day, no matter how many times you've heard it

36Personal Jesus
I think that's the one of the best song. Its really romantic...
ı don't know why but ı like that sond listen it!

37You Are My Sunshine

38The General Lee

39If You Could Read My Mind
The last song, he made before he died, truly the most moving song of all time. How this isn't at least top 20 beats me. Can't listen to this song without crying
Wonderful tear-jerking song! One of Johnny's best songs ever!

40One
Only cover that comes close to besting U2's version! Damn it, it's one of his best... Certainly top 10!

4125 Minutes to Go
Wonderful song, really. I can't stop listening to it.

42Cool Water

43I Got Stripes
A absolute classic! Ingenuous and strong.

44Dirty Old Egg-Sucking Dog

45Spiritual

46The Legend of John Henry's Hammer

47It Ain't Me, Babe
Just Johnny and June, what a beautiful love story

48Sam Hall

49She Used to Love Me a Lot
A lost classic. The Elvis Costello produced version is as good as any of Cash's best songs.
Are you joking? 68? This song should be in first fith!

50Song of the Patriot

51For the Good Times
Makes me so emotional

52Ballad of a Teenage Queen
Amazing lyrics. Amazing voice. Amazing song.

53The Battle of New Orleans

54The Rebel-Johnny Yuma

55Time's a Wastin

56The One On the Right Is On the Left

57Country Trash

58Streets of Laredo

59Desperado

60Nobody

61The Mercy Seat
My favourite song of Johnny Cash, and one of the most beautiful and intense outros in piano I've ever hearded

62Luther Played the Boogie
My IPod of hundreds of Johnny Cash Songs places this at number 1 on my top 25 list. There are So many excellent songs, that it is hard to choose, especially for those who do not know some of Cash's lesser popular songs. I do not place this above songs such as Sunday Morning Coming Down, Big River, etc. , but it ought to be higher up this list. Give it a listen.

63Girl from the North Country

64Tennessee Flat-Top Box
There is a story that when Rosanne Cash (Johnny's Daughter) covered this song, she did not know it was written and first sung by her father; and that this song and her covering it healed a rift between them. I do not know if that is all true, but this song and both of their versions are great. If you only know Johnny's later in life work, give this one a listen.

65Belshazzar
This is such a good song. Although it is a religious song, it is just a good song to listen to. Even those who do not like religious songs should enjoy it. It should rank in the top 25.

66Straight A's In Love
The richness in Johnny's voice in this early work is exceptional. Even sounds a little like Elvis here. Johnny sounds fantastic.

67Tennessee

68I'm Movin' On

69Nine Pound Hammer

70Peace In the Valley

71I'd Still Be There

72What Do I Care

73Over the Next Hill (We'll Be Home)

74There Ain't No Good Chain Gang

75Fool's Hall of Fame

76Delia's Gone
Johnny sang three great versions of this song.

77Busted

78Give My Love to Rose

79The Wanderer
Great song. Classic Johnny Cash with a twist!
A Cash/U2 song with an extremely modern sound (synth) but that still retains that old Johnny Cash feel.

80Solitary Man
This is my favourite Cash cover, right next to Hurt. Should be much higher on the list.
Come on, this is a great song, it should be at least in the top 15.
Are you joking? 28? This is the best cash song!

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