Best Of Johnny Cash Songs

Cash posing Infront of Folsom Prison before his performance in 1968. The singer passed away at September 13, 2003.
Cash posing Infront of Folsom Prison before his performance in 1968. The singer passed away at September 13, 2003.( Source : instagram )

The Best of Johnny Cash Songs contains hits like 1. Hurt 2. Ring of Fire 3. I Walk The Line and more. Cash is one of the best Country artists of all time.

He has sold more than 90 million records over a career that spanned nearly half a decade. His contributions range from music genres like Country music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel music.

The Nashville-based singer had collaborated with artists like Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Louis Armstrong, and Neil Young. The Grammy-winning singer eclipsed The Beatles in 1969 with his increasing popularity and 6.5 million album sales. 

According to Rolling Stone, Cash ranks number 31 in the list of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time." He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 and has won two Grammy Awards.

Best Of Johnny Cash Songs

Song NameAlbum Name
HurtAmerican IV: The Man Comes Around (2002)
Ring of FireRing of Fire (1963)
I Walk The LineJohnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar! (1956)
HighwaymanHighwayman (1984)
God's Gonna Cut You downAmerican V: A Hundred Highway
Folsom Prison BluesJohnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar!! (1956)
Girl From the North CountryThe Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1969)
JacksonCarryin' On with Johnny Cash & June Carter (1967)
(Ghost) Riders in the SkySilver (1979)
The Man Comes AroundAmerican IV: The Man Comes Around

1. Hurt

Hurt is Johnny Cash Greatest Hit from the album American IV: The Man Comes Around. Originally, it was a song by the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails. 

Cash's version won both Grammy and CMA awards for the best video of the year. The track did 2.1 million in download sales in the U.S. 

According to Billboard, the song was ranked in the number four position in the 15 Greatest Johnny Cash song list. Cash's cover tells his life story in a melancholy and mournful manner. 

On the other hand, Nine Inch Nails' references and the meaning of the song were related to self-harm and substance addiction. Some listeners have broken down the song as a suicide note written by the narrator of the song. 

The song's lyrics go like this:

I hurt myself today

To see if I still feel

I focus on the pain

The only thing that's real

2. Ring of Fire

Ring of Fire is one of Johnny Cash best songs. It was a single from the album of the same name released in 1963.

The track won the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998. According to Rolling Stone, the song is considered the 87th greatest song of all time and the 27th greatest country song of all time.

The track went no. 1 in the country charts for seven weeks. 

Ring of Fire is a Liverpool player's song and anthem of spectators which was sung during the 2005 Champions League final. 

Cash and his eventual second wife June Carter wrote the song. The song describes the attraction and allure of certain female body parts. 

The song's lyrics go like this:

Love is a burning thing 

And it makes a fiery ring

Bound by wild desire

I fell into a ring of fire 

3. I Walk The Line

I Walk the Line is one of Johnny Cash Top songs. It was released in 1956 in his album, Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar.

Billboard charts featured the track at number 17 during its peak in US pop Charts. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, It was listed in the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time." 

In 2014, it was considered a number-one track in the list of "100 Greatest country songs of all time."The track was covered by American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry in season 5. 

Besides, the track was certified Gold in the UK and did over 2 million sales in the U.S. The meaning of the song is related to temptation, accountability, and backstabbing in a relationship.

Song's Lyrics go like this:

I find it very, very easy to be true

I find myself along when each day is through 

4. Highwayman

Highwayman by Johnny Cash is from the same album released in 1984. The single is from an album with Walon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson.

The group was formed in 1985 and released their first two albums from Columbia Records. Their first album went platinum in US and Australia.

Likewise, the single "Highwayman" also went number one in the US country charts in 1985. The artist's collaboration was loved by country music fans.

Unfortunately, the group was not able to find success as their debut album in their second and third album.

That said, the famous song's lyrics go like this:

I was a highwayman

Along the coach roads I did ride;

5. God's Gonna Cut You Down

God's Gonna Cut You Down is one of Johnny Cash mainstream hits. It was one of the most demanded tracks by the audience in Johnny's concert setlist.

The song was released in 2003 from Cash's album "American V: A Hundred Highways." Song grabbed the attention of Hollywood's entertainment as it was featured in series like Gotham, Punisher, and Blacklist.

Originally, the song peaked at the #77 position in UK Singles. The music video of the song features multiple artists like The Dixie Chicks, Travis Barker, Flea, Kid Rock, Iggy Pop, and Justin Timberlake.

Song's lyrics go like this:

You can run on for a long time

Run on for a long time

Sooner or later God'll cut you down

6. Folsom Prison Blues

Folsom Prison Blues is Johnny Cash Top 10 songs according to Spotify. The track is from his debut studio album.

Similarly, Rolling Stone also ranked the song at No. 51 in the list of "100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time." The song peaked at the number one position in US Hot Country Songs (Billboard).

It also performed quite well in the UK, it achieved BPI silver certification and 250,000 unit sales.

Cash's live performance of the song the in his live album earned him a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance at the 11th Annual Awards in 1969.

Folsom Blues lyrics go like this:

I hear the train a comin'

It's rolling round the bend

And I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when

7. Girl From The North Country

Girl From the North Country is a duet single by the greatest singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.

Dylan and Cash's duet is from Dylan's second studio album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" released in 1963. To elaborate, Rolling Stone magazine listed the track in the list of 30th "100 Greatest Bob Dylan Songs."

Likewise, the song is also covered by multiple artists such as Eddie Vedder, The Clancy Brothers, Neil Young, and many more.

Moreover, the first runner-up Arthur Gunn of American Idol season 18, also performed the track during his audition. The singer was bested by Just Sam from Harlem, New York.

Dylan's song lyrics go like this;

If you're travelin' in the North country fair

Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline

8. Jackson

Jackson is a popular hit by Cash from 1967. The single was featured in his album Carryin' On With Johnny Cash and June Carter.

Songwriters Billy Edd Wheeler and Jerry Leiber wrote the song. Initially, it was recorded by Kingston Trio, Wheeler, and Flatt and Scruggs, before Cash and Carter rerecorded the track.

To elaborate, the track is about a married couple who find out that the chemistry and fire in their relationship are gradually diminishing. It is about the heart-wrenching feeling of being cheated on.

The lyrics of the song go like this;

We got married in a fever hotter than a pepper sprout

We been talkin' bout Jackson

9.(Ghost)Riders In The Sky

Ghost Riders In The Sky is one of Johnny Cash's most streamed songs. The track is written by American songwriter Stan Jones. It is from Cash's 1979 album "Silver."

According to members of the Western Writers of America, the song is considered the greatest Western song of all time. Johnny Cash's version peaked at #2 on Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks.

According to the songwriter, the essence of the song is Native American philosophy as when their physical body vacates their souls reside in the spirits of the sky, making them ghost riders.

Johnny song's lyrics go like this:

An old cowboy went riding out

One dark and windy day

10. The Man Comes Around

The Man Comes Around is a classic Johnny Cash song. The track is a single from American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002).

It is a gospel song that has multiple metaphorical, philosophical, and literal references to the Book of Revelation including the passage of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Furthermore, the track was certified Silver in the UK which did more than 200,000 units of certified sales. According to Pitchfork, the song is considered to be the 296th song in the list of "Best songs of the 2000s."

Song's lyrics go like this:

There's a man goin' 'round takin' names

And he decides who to free and who to blame

Everybody won't be treated all the same 

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