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.

Best love song ebver!

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2 Time In a Bottle

Absolute beaut, nothing better

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

Ball is life

Soul touching song

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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

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4 I'll Have to Say I Love You In a Song UListen to Sample
5 One Less Set of Footsteps UListen to Sample
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.

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7 Hey Tomorrow UListen to Sample
8 A Long Time Ago

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

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9 Photographs and Memories UListen to Sample
10 Bad, Bad Leroy Brown UListen to Sample

The Contenders

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


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

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16 Tomorrow's Gonna Be a Brighter Day

A good pick me up song

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17 The Hard Way Every Time UListen to Sample
18 Box #10

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19 Speedball Tucker UListen to Sample
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.

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21 It Doesn't Have to Be that Way UListen to Sample
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23 Dreamin' Again

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

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24 Ball of Kerrymuir
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