Top Ten Johnny Cash Songs


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.

This is my favourite song of all time. RIP

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2 Ring 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!

One of the best country song never made... Johnny cash had show in the 60's how he was born to do music.

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. )


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3 I 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...

I love his voice, I hear Johnny's deep tone voice in my head.

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4 Folsom 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

This song was the epitome of Johnny Cash. He cared about the common man whether they were in prison or not. Never sold out to rich corporate greed. We need more music artist like him.

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5 A 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.

If I ever have a son I'm gonna call him Bill or George, anything but sue.

Definitely Johnny Cash's best song out there; it tells the best story with unforgettable and timeless lyrics. Absolutely hilarious as well.

My name is Sue! How do you do?! Now your gonna die! - JCHOW

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6 God'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

Badass song. Love this as a die hard Cash fan.

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7 The 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..."

This song truly is a masterpiece ever since the American albums came out his songs have been great but this one truly is a masterpiece

The poetry and music make this one of Cash best songs if not the best. Top three for sure.

Amazing song.
My favorite song of all time by my favorite musician of all time

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8 Man 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

People always talk about a "peaceful world" but there never will be, because someone or some people will rebel (i haven't listened to the song so sorry)


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9 One Piece at a Time

Most people wouldn't agree, but I think this one is the best. - Beatlesboy9

One pice at a time rules...

10 Highwayman

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!

Great song with a powerful message

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The Contenders

11 (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

My late friends favorite

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12 Ain'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 don't know how this is not considered one of the best songs ever made by anyone, let alone his best song.

This was the last song he wrote and released before he died and there's no song more fitting to say goodbye to the greatest country singer that has or ever will live R.I.P Johnny Cash he might be gone but his soul and music live on - donovanthorn

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13 Sunday 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).

Kristofferson was actually working as a janitor at Columbia records when he pitched his song to Cash, who wasn't that eager to hear it at first, as Kristofferson was unknown at the time. Kristofferson was a pilot in the military and delivered the song to Cash by way of helicopter before he finally listened to it. After hearing Sunday Morning Coming Down, Cash realized that this was a pretty good songwriter, and the rest is history.

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

Kris Kristofferson if I remember correctly. Amazing Singers and Songwriters alike, Kris and John. - Beatlesboy9

I wish Scotty McCreey would record this song. I think it was Johnny's BEST!

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14 Cocaine Blues

A great song from one of the greatest albums of all time by one of the greatest artists of all time

It's a little dark...but strong indeed!

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15 Rusty Cage

Awesome cover pretty heavy song for Johnny Cash although it's a Soundgarden cover - christangrant

One of the best songs from johnny rest in piece

Great song of Johnny

16 Get Rhythm

This is my favorite song from jonny cash

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!

17 Cry! Cry! Cry!

Cry Cry Cry is one of Johnny's legendary songs, it should be at least with the top 5

Cry, Cry, Cry and Hey Porter are Johnny Cash's original hits and showcase he talent early on. They still stand today as one of his best and both should be top 10 in my opinion

This is one of his greatest songs ever, it belongs with the top 5

Absolutely legendary hit... Underrated for its brilliance

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18 I Won't Back Down

Amazing and mesmerizing. This song is a true masterpiece.

Listen to that song, one of the best of Johnny Cash Song

19 I Still Miss Someone

Still a great tune...

20 Personal Jesus

I think that's the one of the best song. Its really romantic...

For those who don't know, it's a cover of a Depeche Mode song.

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