Top 10 Best Ray Charles Songs

The Top Ten
1 Hit the Road Jack

Has one of the most catchy melodies and tells an interesting story. In the end, isn't that what makes a good song?

The best song... Hit the Road Jack.

2 Georgia on My Mind

This song bleeds my heart... Simply the best... This is the song that made me listen to the whole album. No peace I find Georgia... Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind...

Classic spin on a classic song. His passion and musicality are clearly heard through the arrangement. Would also recommend the version honoring him by Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis.

3 What'd I Say, Pts. I & 2

I love Hit the Road and Georgia, but it's a sin to leave What'd I Say in third place. One of the best songs of all time, his only rock 'n' roll tune, and just amazing and so fun. I listen to it every day at least once and I never get tired of it.

It's just the best thing that ever happened to me. It's extremely fun to play and listen to, and every time I hear it, I dance. Way better than anything else he ever did.

This song is awesome! Not only did it create a new genre of music (called soul), it was also completely improvised in a concert. And it's really good.

4 Mess Around
5 I Can't Stop Loving You

Off to college, far from home... left my first love behind... she soon found another. When this song came out, it matched my feelings perfectly. Has always been my favorite Ray Charles track.

The greatest of all his songs. I vote it #1.

6 I Got a Woman

The fact that this isn't in the top two means that people didn't notice a blues artist's best jazz song. Hell, they don't even know the difference between jazz and blues.

I have no words for this music, just perfect!

7 Shake Your Tail Feathers
8 Unchain My Heart

I vote for this song not because it's my favorite, but only because it needs to be higher. I know the man has plenty of songs that would work. Probably in the top 3. An obvious top 5 though.

It is simply his best song. Ray Charles was a very good artist, and he shows his greatness in this song. Why somebody wouldn't vote for this song, I don't know.

9 Hallelujah, I Love Her So
10 One Mint Julep
The Contenders
11 You Don't Know Me

Along with Georgia, this is Ray at his best!

Ray Charles... You Don't Know Me, but I love you.

One of the most romantic songs ever!

12 Greenbacks

This song is super sexist, but also super funny! Great chorus and a fun, bouncy song. Charles bounces back and forth between speaking and singing, and his delivery is hilarious!

13 Night Time is the Right Time
14 You are My Sunshine

The most unique, creative, exciting version there has ever been of this classic. This is also the very best ever performance by the Raelettes. I'd put it at #2 right behind What I'd Say.

Proves Ray can give soul to any song, even one that definitely raises your blood sugar to dangerous levels.

15 I'm Movin' On
16 Seven Spanish Angels

This is the big deal guys, incomparable lyrics. With Willie, it was so good.

17 Say No More
18 Ain't that Love
19 This Little Girl of Mine
20 Bye Bye Love
21 People Will Say We're in Love
22 Let Me Hear You Call My Name

It's such a wonderful, soulful song.

23 Lonely Avenue

Simply the best (even when you are in love).

24 Sinner's Prayer

Honestly, this song should be #2 on this list, only after Hit the Road Jack.

25 Take These Chains from My Heart
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