Best Jim Croce Songs

Jim Croce was an underrated musician. I just want to honor him with a list of his best songs.

The Top Ten

1 I Got a Name

'I Got a Name' is a beautiful, thought-provoking song. When I was listening to it for the time, Jim Croce's words pierced my heart, and I knew that they will stay there for a long time.

The song of life. Enough said. Should be #1

One of the most meaningful songs I've ever heard.

Django unchained

2 Time In a Bottle

I cried the first time I heard this when it was first introduced to me in 2016. I felt every word; lived every wonderful emotion. What an incredible storyteller he is. - Britgirl

This song was a love masterpiece.

Shame on me! I came to know about this song after watching Days of Future Past and it has been on repeat in my player since then.

Simply beautiful. I have a dry soul. This song finds tears from deep within and brings them out.

3 Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)

What song better captures the idea of life? A boy's girlfriend leaves him, but he still feels like calling her to see how she is. While he what's for the call to go through he thinks about life and decides to move on.
God bless Jim Croce, a man whose life ended before he was halfway there. I hope he found the time stuck up in that bottle of photographs and memories.

Just gives me goose bumps each and every time I hear it. Never gets old. The best guitar work on any Croce song other than maybe 'I'll have to say I Love you in song'

I saw a live version of this song on Saturday Night Live not long after the plane crash. Jim and Maury alone on the stage. Man, did that ever move me to tears.

Operator well could you help me place this call? You see the number on the matchbook is old and faded

4 I'll Have to Say I Love You In a Song
5 One Less Set of Footsteps
6 You Don't Mess Around With Jim

Love this song because it tells a story that is why I like Jim because on his songs he tells stories.

7 Hey Tomorrow
8 A Long Time Ago

If the guitar groove doesn't move you, what can? Beautiful melody; lyrics are meaningful as ever even today.

9 Photographs and Memories
10 Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

The Contenders

11 Walking Back to Georgia
12 Working at the Car Wash Blues
13 Roller Derby Queen
14 Lover's Cross
15 New York's Not My Home

This is the best song, with its powerful emotions, and beautiful strings.


16 Tomorrow's Gonna Be a Brighter Day

A good pick me up song

17 The Hard Way Every Time
18 Box #10

Listen to deserves a spot.

19 Speedball Tucker
20 Age

Excellent song... would be terribly snubbed if not at least listed. Hauntingly beautiful, but strays from the super short timing present in Croce's other songs, as it clocks in at nearly 4 minutes long. Lyrics are very well-thought-out.

21 It Doesn't Have to Be that Way
22 These Dreams
23 Dreamin' Again

This is such a beautiful song. It deserves to be on this list.

24 Ball of Kerrymuir
25 Next Time, This Time
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