Top Ten Tracks: Johnny Cash

The 31st of March, last day of month so who better to blogged about than Mr. Cash? I think it’s the 1st country & western artist to be covered in my little TTT posts? I grew-up in a tiny southern western town in W.A. and the most popular style of music down there was C&W, Metal and the mainstream top 40 pop music so I known pretty much any that fit into that or those genes from that time. Moving to the big city I was in my late teenage years and by the mid-90’s Johnny made his big comeback with Rick Rubin I was telling all the indie kids/teenagers Johnny Cash was always cool, they wouldn’t believe me until I played them Chicken In Black or Strawberry Cake or some other unknown oddball songs by him, both those two didn’t make my cut today but I’m talking about anyway and I’ve blogged them before. This was one of the hardest TTT posts I’ve done in a while but in the end I guess was easy because they’re, well my faves! Which are all below, off course but nine are by different songwriters who I’ve also named below after the song name and then album and year. Any who, enjoy!

Cry! Cry! Cry! – debut single (1955)

Orange Blossom Special – Ervin T. Rouse & Gordon Rouse – Orange Blossom Special (1965)

Cocaine Blues – T. J. “Red” Arnall – At Folsom Prison (1968)

Wanted Man – Bob Dylan – At San Quentin (1969)

Highway Patrolman – Bruce Springsteen – Johnny 99 (1983)

Highwayman (Highwaymen with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson & Kris Kristofferson) – Jimmy Webb – Highwayman (1985)

Delia’s Gone – Karl Silbersdorf & Dick Toops – American Recordings (1994)

Rusty Cage – Chris Cornell –  Unchained (1996)

Hurt – Trent Reznor – American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002)

Cindy (duet with Nick Cave) – Traditional – Unearthed box-set (2003)

Wow-wee, that’s 1955 to 2003. The easy biggest gap of time by any artist in my TTT posts! It’s 60’s Cash who won with three tracks, two each for 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s and only one from the 50’s but four single/video clip songs too, finding all on youtube so I’ve included them above. What else can I say about the man in black? Nothing that hasn’t been said before!

Changing music styles yet again next Sunday!

Johnny Cash flipping the bird in late 60’s!

Please do, share your own fave/s by JC right now!

Cheers 🙂


  1. 10 Tracks? Impossible!

    There are 2 favorite Albums to me without a filler, so I can’t decide, wich song I should put a side, to get 10 in the middle.

    These two Albums are:

    1. This train I’m on (1960)
    2. Bitter tears (1964; including “Ira Hayes” and “Custer”; his Indian Tribute, while he was thinkin’ that there are comanché forfathers among the Cashs; but it wasn’t;)

    then are there all the hits from “walk the line” to “hurt”… tons of good poems about the land of (poisened) Milk and Honey.

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    1. I kind-of knew you would have something to say about JC! I will later today/night have another listen to both those albums you’ve named and thank you for joining in!
      Cheers mate 🙂

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    1. No problem! Anytime, well it’s every Sunday is my ttt posts but i think i will keep it for a while and try to cover everyone i can think offfff! Anyway have a great day and week Kevin!
      Cheers yet again and again 🙂


  2. Wow that’s brave picking just 10 Johnny Cash tracks, you could have done that 10 times with 10 different tracks each time and it would have been just as good. Two that I do like are Ring of Fire at the Grand old opry, its complete with trumpets and harmonic chorus all in pink. Three minutes of pure joy. I also like the duet of Redemption Song with Joe Stummer. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Well, now i am kind-of picking just 10 songs for everyone i can think offf? But i guess Cash would be an artist i could easy explain on which i might do that sometime tooo? Both those tracks are killer cuts that you’ve named so thanks for joining in!
      Cheers 🙂


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