Top Ten Johnny Cash Songs

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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.

It is bae

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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. )

Awesome

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3 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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4 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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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.

Life is a journey. Respect it as such and enjoy the little things.

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8 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!

This song has great lyrics, and the singers are amazing!

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9 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)

Beautiful

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10 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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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 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...

13 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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14 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!

15 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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16 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

17 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

18 I Still Miss Someone

Still a great tune...

19 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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20 I've Been Everywhere

you can't listen to this song.. I've Been Everywhere.. without getting up and dancing. this song rocks the house and for us adventurous souls who've done a lot of traveling or moving around- we can relate to its message.

Have to agree, when a friend of mine who dislikes country music totally admitted he enjoyed listening to it when I posted him it!

I used to think I disliked country music. That changed when I listened to this song.

I memorized this whole song I love it so much

21 Jackson

Such a good song - really puts you in a good mood and I also love june carter's voice as well!

This is the best John/June song. Belongs in Top 5, even with stuff competition

This song is awesome

22 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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23 Don't Take Your Guns to Town

It is not good place for this beautiful sing.

If it speaks to you, it really speaks to you

Great song! At least it have to stand 10th

24 Big River

One reason why Johnny Cash is Number ONE has to do with the quality of his songs. Where other top artists may have 20-30 awesome songs over a career, Johnny has hundreds that would qualify. Sometimes, especially with Johnny Cash songs, some of his earlier works do not get the recognition they deserve, and even more so when the listener was born after 1980 and does not really know his earlier work. Big River is poetry, sung by a poet at the top of his game. Perhaps not his number one song, but at least in the conversation for his best when he was at his best.

Amazing song. Belongs in top Five. Johnny sang three good versions (one with the Highwaymen).

Just a great country rock song, great storytelling lyrics, instantly recognisable intro that sounds just as fresh to this day, no matter how many times you've heard it

25 Satisfied Mind
26 I've Been Everywhere

How was this gem not on the list

27 Daddy Sang Bass

Ok. For all of you who think song sampling is a new invention, the great Carl Perkins wrote this song for John making the Carter family famous song even better. Top 25 J.C. song.

28 I Hung My Head

#25?! Give me a break. What's wrong with the world? This has to be a joke! Who's messing with me? Number 1 and there isn't a doubt about it in my mind. Something has to be done about this. This is an outrage!

Strong, classic, haunting and so very cash

18? What a joke!

I agree with comment below
Easily best 2 or 3 song of his career...along with Hurt and Gonna Cut You Down
Wake up folk's
c hubbard

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29 The General Lee

GE-NE-RAL-LEE

30 Home of the Blues
31 First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
32 Redemption Day
33 I See a Darkness

Number 35?! this should be top 5! amazing song!

This song deserves a place in top ten.Of all the songs made on broken people,people finding it hard to live,I can claim this one deserves the crown.
It beautifully describes how does misery steps into a beautiful life and to all who struggle to revisit their happy memories..it will surely help..This song is made for you..
Long live your melodies Mr.Cash..You were the one and only!

34 The Wanderer

A Cash/U2 song with an extremely modern sound (synth) but that still retains that old Johnny Cash feel.

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35 In the Jailhouse Now

This song is certainly Johnny Cash's most underrated song. It has got an amazing rhythm, and catchy lyrics. Definitely deserves to be in the top 10, not this far down the list!

I agree this is an underrated song. It is the best cover of this song.

This song is so underrated, it certainy deserves to be among the top 5

36 Wichita Lineman
37 Hey Porter

One of Johnny's first hits. It still holds up today, even if traveling by train has gone out of style. I would place this in Johnny Cash's top ten essential songs.

38 If You Could Read My Mind

Do you realize that this song was written and performed by Gordon Lightfoot, who also created many other wonderful songs? I love Johnny and his version is good but he likely chose it in appreciation of its author who did a much better job with it. Let's not wear blinders because someone is more popular and has died. - Billyv

The last song, he made before he died, truly the most moving song of all time. How this isn't at least top 20 beats me. Can't listen to this song without crying

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39 Guess Things Happen That Way

I love this song...

40 You Are My Sunshine
41 25 Minutes to Go

Wonderful song, really. I can't stop listening to it.

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42 Understand Your Man

Great bookend to "I walk the Line". The beginning and ending of a marriage. There are better Johnny Cash songs, but in context this is one worth listening to.

43 The One On the Right Is On the Left
44 She Used to Love Me a Lot

A lost classic. The Elvis Costello produced version is as good as any of Cash's best songs.

What? 68? Johnny Cash would die again if he saw this...

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45 Look at Them Beans
46 One

Only cover that comes close to besting U2's version! Damn it, it's one of his best... Certainly top 10!

Definitely one of his best songs

There're few covers better than the originals. This is surely one of them

47 Solitary Man

This is my favourite Cash cover, right next to Hurt. Should be much higher on the list.

Come on, this is a great song, it should be at least in the top 15.

Are you joking? 28? This is the best cash song!

The best cash cover what 80?

48 San Quentin

I don't understand how this song is not on the top list. Great lyrics and rhythm

A song of hope

49 The Beast In Me

Deepest cash song there is... And I would vote for hurt but lets face it... Its OVERRATED... And anydepressed teenager thinks there cashs number one fan just because they can connect to one song

50 Ballad of a Teenage Queen

Amazing lyrics. Amazing voice. Amazing song.

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