My all-time favorite is of course “Take Me Home, Country Roads” — here’s a version I’ll bet you’ve never heard before, by Toots and the Maytalls, my favorite reggae band.
But I also love the John Denver version which is obviously done in more of a mainstream pop style.
It’s all good. The song itself is great. That’s the beauty and strength of great songwriting — good lyrics, good melody, you are 90% of the way there.
For me, this is one of those songs that sounds like it always existed and just popped up fully formed through the creativity of the songwriter.
Next on my list is “East Bound and Down” the classic theme song from “Smokey and the Bandit”, by Jerry Reed.
A genius on stringed instruments of all kinds, one of the best of all time. Here’s a live version.
Here’s a country truck driving classic by Dave Dudley, “Six Days on the Road”.
I’m sure I’ll think of more right after I post this . . .
How could I forget “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses” by Kathy Mattea?
This one sticks in my brain every time I hear it — “Girl on the Billboard” by Del Reeves.