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 first time, Jim Croce's words pierced my heart, and I knew that they would stay there for a long time.

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

The song of life. Enough said. It should be #1.

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.

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 waits 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.

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.

4 I'll Have to Say I Love You In a Song

Probably the greatest love song that was ever written. Definitely top 5 or even 3.

5 You Don't Mess Around With Jim

Love this song because it tells a story. That is why I like Jim. In his songs, he tells stories.

This is Jim Hopper from Stranger Things' favorite song.

6 Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

This song brings back so many memories. Happiest song with the coolest piano intro for me. Top 5 for sure.

7 One Less Set of Footsteps
8 Photographs and Memories
9 Hey Tomorrow
10 Lover's Cross
The Contenders
11 A Long Time Ago

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

12 Walking Back to Georgia
13 New York's Not My Home

Has to be the best Jim Croce song in my opinion, but that is probably because I relate to it so much.

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

14 Working at the Car Wash Blues
15 The Hard Way Every Time

Absolutely love this song. In my opinion, it should be in the top 5.

16 Roller Derby Queen
17 Tomorrow's Gonna Be a Brighter Day

This song reminds me of "Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac. The song that goes, "Don't stop thinking about tomorrow, don't stop, it will soon be here." These songs are very similar in message.

18 These Dreams
19 Box #10
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.

Top 3. Amazing song. Stuck in my head. But it's absolutely worth it.

21 Speedball Tucker
22 It Doesn't Have to Be that Way
23 Next Time, This Time
24 Alabama Rain
25 Thursday
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