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Top 100 Western Songs of All Time (Part II)

Created by Schnurrbrat on 18 Jul 2019 | Last edited by Schnurrbrat on 17 Aug 2019
Top 100 Western Songs of All Time (Part II)

Top 100 Western Songs of All Time - Part II (songs #51-100).
As chosen by the members of the Western Writers of America link.
For more information about these songs please visit Skip Skipson's website.
The first part (songs #1-50) of this list is here. This list was split in two parts, so the actual rating of the song in this collection is equal to 50 + song #. Please don't get discouraged by the song rating. For instance such all-time classic as Knockin' on Heaven's Door by Bob Dylan, occupies 34th spot on this list. 

A single from the album It's About Time by John Denver, who was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the 70s and one of its best-selling artists in America.

Translations:  French German

Originally written and performed by duet of Ed Bruce and Ron Peterson. Appeared on the first studio album released by country supergroup The Highwaymen, comprising of Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.

Translations:  German

Written by Johnny Western, Richard Boone, and Sam Rolfe and performed by Duane Eddy. Rumor has it that young Johnny Western wrote the song as an expression of thanks to Richard Boone for allowing him to appear in early episodes of the TV series, Have Gun – Will Travel.

Translations:  German

Tom Russell has two of his songs included in this collection, the other one is called "Navajo Rug".

Translations:  German

A Title song from the Broadway musical Oklahoma!. The music and lyrics were written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The melody is reprised in the main title of the 1955 film version and in the overtures of both film and musical productions

Translations:  German

Like many traditional works, its authorship is not clearly documented. Sheet music for the song was first appeared in 1927, with Lou Fishback, Carl Copeland and Jack Williams listed as co-writers.

Translations:  German

"Call You Cowboy" is the title track of Hill's album Call You Cowboy, released in 2002 and nominated as Traditional Western Album of the Year by the Western Music Association.

Translations:  German

A theme song for Bonanza is an American western TVseries that ran from 1959 to 1973. Written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans.
Johnny Cash was first to record a full length vocal version of the theme song for Bonanza, rewriting the lyrics.

Translations:  German

"The Old Double Diamond" is a Western song written by Gary McMahan. It has been recorded by Chris LeDoux, Ian Tyson, and dozens of other artists. The song has been called a modern-day classic, and is said to be known by just about everyone who's worked on a ranch.

Translations:  German

"Lorena" is an antebellum song with Northern origins. The lyrics were written in 1856 by Rev. Henry D. L. Webster, after a broken engagement. He wrote a long poem about his fiancée but changed her name at first to "Bertha" and later to "Lorena", perhaps an adaptation of "Lenore" from Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven." Henry Webster's friend Joseph Philbrick Webster wrote the music, and the song was first published in Chicago in 1857. It became a favorite of soldiers of both sides during the American Civil War.

Translations:  German

A western ballad from the 1959 movie The Hanging Tree, performed by Marty Robbins in the film's opening credits.
written by Mack David and Jerry Livingston who received nominations for the Laurel Awards and the Academy Awards in 1960.

Translations:  German

The Hotmud Family was a U.S. folk and bluegrass band based in Dayton, Ohio. They were active from 1970 to 1984, holding a brief reunion in 2010. Dave Gordon is credited with writing of this song.

Translations:  German

Another song on this list from Stan Jones, who at one time worked for the National Park Service in Death Valley, California, where he wrote his most famous song: "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky", which occupies #1 spot on this list.

Translations:  German

"'Old Timer' was very dear to my heart, a poignant tale about an old mountain man from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, who loved a woman from St. Paul. She came to visit her brother, and they met each other in the wilds. He could never tell her he loved her..." Waylon Jennings, in his 1996 memoir

Translations:  German

Written by Edith Lindeman and Carl Stutz, published in 1953. Country singer-songwriter Willie Nelson performed the song at the time of its original release for children at bedtime on his show, The Western Express. In 1974 he wrote the concept album Red Headed Stranger based on the song.

Translations:  German Hungarian

Mike Blakely is an American novelist and singer/songwriter, focusing on Western subjects.

Translations:  German

"Jesse James" is a 19th-century American folk song about the outlaw of the same name, first recorded by Bentley Ball in 1919.

Translations:  German Italian

"Faster Horses (the Cowboy and the Poet)" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Tom T. Hall. It was released in December 1975 as the second single from the album, Faster Horses. The song was Hall's final number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, spending one week at the top.

Translations:  German

A theme song from 1966 namesake western film, starring John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. Based upon a ballad poem by Edgar Allan Poe. While George Alexander is universally credited as performer, nothing could be found about him on the web. John Gabriel & Nelson Riddle are credited as song-writers.

Translations:  German

"Goodbye Old Paint" is a traditional Western song that was created by black cowboy, Charley Willis. The song was first collected by songwriter, N. Howard "Jack" Thorp in his 1921 book Songs of the Cowboys.

Translations:  German

"Tom Dooley" is a North Carolina folk song based on the 1866 murder of a woman named Laura Foster in Wilkes County, North Carolina, allegedly by Tom Dula. The song is best known today because of a hit version recorded in 1958 by The Kingston Trio.

Translations:  Spanish French German

"I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" is a country and Western song written and first recorded in 1935 by Ruby Blevins, who performed as Patsy Montana. It was the first country song by a female artist to sell more than one million copies.

Translations:  German

The Wayfaring Stranger" (also known as "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" or "I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger") is a well-known American folk and gospel song likely originating in the early 19th century about a plaintive soul on the journey through life. As with most folk songs, many variations of the lyrics exist.

Translations:  French Serbian German 4 more

Another song from the past president of the Western Writers of America.

Translations:  German

I Ride an Old Paint is a traditional American cowboy song, collected and published in 1927 by Carl Sandburg in his American Songbag.

Translations:  German

Written by Jamie O'Hara, and recorded by American country music duo The Judds. It was released in January 1986 as the second single from the album Rockin' with the Rhythm. The song became The Judds' sixth No. 1 song on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart.

Translations:  Persian German

composed by Canadian singer-songwriter Ian Tyson. He recorded the song with his wife, Sylvia Tyson, as the duo Ian & Sylvia in 1964.

Translations:  German

Cover versions were done by artists such as Nanci Griffith and Bobby Bare, the latter performer sometimes credited with the best version of all.

Translations:  German

written by Jimmy Driftwood. The song describes the Battle of New Orleans from the perspective of an American soldier; the song tells the tale of the battle with a light tone and provides a rather comical version of what actually happened at the battle. It has been recorded by many artists, but the singer most often associated with this song is Johnny Horton.

Translations:  German

"Jingle Jangle Jingle", also known as 'I've Got Spurs That Jingle Jangle Jingle", is a song written by Joseph J. Lilley and Frank Loesser, and published in 1942. It was featured in that year's film The Forest Rangers, in which it was sung by Dick Thomas.

Translations:  German

from the Melody Time - a 1948 American hybrid film and the 10th theatrically released animated feature produced by Walt Disney.

Translations:  German

a minstrel song by Stephen Foster, first published in 1848. It is among the most popular American songs ever written. The song was not only one of Stephen Foster's best-known songs, but also one of the best-known American songs. After its publication, it quickly became known as an "unofficial theme of the Forty-Niners", with new lyrics about traveling to California with a "washpan on my knee"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Gold_Rush#Forty-niners

Translations:  Serbian Romanian German

American ballad about the trials of a pioneer named Betsy and her lover Ike who migrate from Pike County (probably Pike County, Missouri) to California. This Gold Rush-era song, with lyrics written by John A. Stone before 1858, was collected and published in Carl Sandburg's 1927 American Songbag.

Translations:  German

Another traditional American cowboy song, collected and published in 1927 by Carl Sandburg in his American Songbag.

Translations:  German

A song by yet another past president of the Western Writers of America.

Translations:  German

from the 1987 album Cowboyography, which also includes another song from this list - Summer Wages.

Translations:  German

a song written by Texan folk singer and songwriter Jane Bowers.

Translations:  German

A traditional folk song about Billy the Kid - an American Old West outlaw and gunfighter who killed eight men before he was shot and killed at age 21.

Translations:  Spanish German

Also known by its first line "Life is like a mountain railroad". In 1890, Tillman set to music a hymn by Baptist preacher M.E. Abbey, "Life's Railway to Heaven." The music may have been borrowed from earlier unpublished works.

Translations:  German French Spanish

"The Old Chisholm Trail" is a traditional American folk song first published in 1910 by John Lomax in his book Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads.

Translations:  German

by Billy Edward "Edd" Wheeler - an American songwriter, performer, writer, and visual artist.

Translations:  German

a folk rock song written by John Denver and Mike Taylor about Colorado, and is one of the two official state songs of Colorado,

Translations:  Spanish Dutch German 1 more

A theme song from the 1956 Western film, starring John Wayne and directed by John Ford.

Translations:  German

"Vaya con Dios (May God Be With You)" (literally "Go with God", idiomatically "Oh, my God!") is a popular song written by Larry Russell, Inez James, and Buddy Pepper, and first recorded by Anita O'Day in December 1952. Les Paul and Mary Ford had a No. 1 recording of the song in 1953.

Translations:  Spanish German Swedish

a theme song from the 1942 American film directed by Joseph Kane and starring Roy Rogers.

Translations:  German

A Western song and poem written by Vivian Clark Gilbert and his wife Mary Margaret Hadler. It has been widely recorded, and was one of the top songs in the U.S. in 1955 and again in 1962.

Translations:  Spanish French German

Written by Woody Guthrie. Jack Guthrie, Woody's cousin, changed the lyrics and music slightly and in 1945 recorded a Western swing version, which reached No. 1 on the Juke Box Folk Records charts

Translations:  German

Marty Robbins songs from the album Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs are all over this list, from #2 to #100.

Translations:  Russian Spanish German
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