Johnny Cash Songs |Top 10 Songs Free Download
Cash was known for his deep, calm bass-baritone voice
He was a musician who was not defined by one single genre.
Rockabilly? Blues? Rock and roll?
He’s got them all.
In 1996, Cash received the Kennedy Center Honors.
His inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980.
In 2001, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
He was the only country music artist inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a performer.
Have you ever listened to his songs? Which one is your favorite?
This time, we will share with you the top 10 Johnny Cash songs.
1. I Walk The Line
“I keep you on my mind both day and night
And happiness I’ve known proves that it’s right
Because you’re mine
I walk the line”
It was Cash’s first No.1 hit on the Billboard charts. It reached No.17 on the US pop charts. The song remained on the record charts for over 43 weeks and sold over 2 million copies. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the song at No.30 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Cash stated “I wrote the song backstage one night in 1956 in Gladewater, Texas. I was newly married at the time, and I suppose I was laying out my pledge of devotion.” In the song, I can feel that he was quite happy. This man will come through every difficulty and keep going on the road of love.
“I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that’s real”
“Hurt” is written by Trent Reznor, leader of American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails. In 2002, it was covered by Johnny Cash.This cover had sold 2,148,000 copies in the United States in 2017.
This song was one of Cash’s final hits released before his death and the related music video being considered one of the greatest of all time. Sometimes we try to get rid of the hurts, but failed, finally. If you could start again, would you choose the same way?
3. The Man Comes Around
“When the man comes around
Hear the trumpets, hear the pipers
One hundred million angels singing
Multitudes are marching to a big kettledrum”
The song was released in 2002. It was written several years prior to the release of the album American IV. However, Cash updated it for the album.
Listen to this song, I’m sure that you will have different feeling from the love songs.
4. Ring Of Fire
“Love is a burnin’ thing
It makes a fire ring
Bound by wild desire
I fell in to your ring of fire”
The song was recorded in 1963 and became one of the biggest hits of Cash’s career, staying at No.1 on the country chart for 7 weeks. It was certified Gold on January 21, 2010 by the RIAA. This song has also sold over 1.2 million digital downloads.
Cash’s daughter Rosanne has stated “The song is about the transformative power of love and that’s what it has always meant to me and that’s what it will always mean to the Cash children.” This song will warm and please you just like fire. How about listening to it?
5. Cry, Cry, Cry
“You will call to me
But I am gonna tell you bye bye bye
When I turn around and walk away
You will cry cry cry”
The song was originally released in 1955 and entered the charts at No.14. The early success of the song led to a featured spot on the Louisiana Hayride Tour and kicked off the career of Johnny. The song sold over 100,000 copies in the southern states alone.
The song is relaxing but its lyric is not. If there’s a man loves you a lot, you should consider giving him a chance because there are no so many men we will meet in our lifetime. Do you agree?
6. Get Rhythm
“Hey, get rhythm
When you get the blues
C’mon get rhythm
When you get the blues”
The song was originally released as the B-side to the single release I Walk the Line in 1956. It was re-released in 1969 as an A-side single and reached No.23 on the country charts and No.60 on the Billboard Pop chart.
If you get blue, you should listen to this song and get rhythm! Put taps on your toes and get going with it, you will meet happiness again. If you like this song, don’t forget to clink the link below and download for free!
7. Folsom Prison Blues
“If that railroad train was mine
I bet I’d move just a little further down the line
Far from Folsom prison, that’s where I want to stay
and I’d let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away”
“Folsom Prison Blues” was first recorded in 1955 by Johnny Cash. It was the 11th track on his debut album With His Hot and Blue Guitar and it was also included on All Aboard the Blue Train. The live version became a No.1 hit on the country music charts in 1968.
This song combines elements from two popular folk styles, the train song and the prison song, Cash continued to use both of them for the rest of his career. Listen to it and tell me if the lonesome whistle blow your blues away.
8. Man In Black
“Well, there’s things that never will be right I know
And things need changin’ everywhere you go
But ’til we start to make a move to make a few things right
You’ll never see me wear a suit of white”
This is a protest song written and recorded by Johnny Cash, originally released on his 1971 album of the same name. The song reached No.3 on US Hot Country Songs (Billboard) and No.58 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Cash was known as “The Man in Black” for his distinctive style of on-stage costuming. The lyrics are an explanation of the entire song as a protest statement against the treatment of poor people by wealthy politicians, mass incarceration and the war in Vietnam.
9. Understand Your Man
“Don’t give me that old familiar
Cry n’ cuss n’ moan
Understand Your Man
I’m tired of your bad mouthing”
The single went to No.1 on the US Hot Country Songs for 6 weeks. “Understand Your Man” also crossed over to the Top 40, peaking at No.35 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was also the last song Cash ever performed in front of an audience.
Cash told the audience that at that point he had not performed it live in 25 years, in his performance at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons on 5 July, 2003. However, the final song he ever sang. Understanding is really essential in every kind of relationship. Try to understand, it will bring happiness to us, won’t it?
10. Ballad of A Teenage Queen
“She had everything it seems
Not a care this teenage queen
Other boys could offer more
But she loved the boy next door”
“Ballad of a Teenage Queen” is a song written by Jack Clement and recorded by Johnny Cash for his 1958 album Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous. This song hit No.1 on the US Country charts and No.14 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song tells the story of a “small town girl” who loved the boy next door. She left the town to Hollywood and she was taken by a movie scout and became famous.
Eventually she sold all her fame to go back to the boy from the candy store because she admitted that she was unhappy without him. I’m so glad that the song has a happy ending.
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