George Jones was a musician, singer, and songwriter who was born in Texas on September 12, 1931. He began his career in 1953 and is known for his country music. Sadly, George Jones died on April 26, 2013. During a career that spanned seven decades, George Jones released 87 studio albums, 43 compilation albums, eight tribute albums, and three live albums. He also released 134 singles as a solo artist and multiple singles with other artists, including 14 singles with Tammy Wynette, the third of Jones’ four wives. Here are the 10 best George Jones songs of all time.
10. I Always Get Lucky with You (1983)
Merle Haggard was the original artist to record ‘I Always Get Lucky with You’ in 1981, and he co-wrote the song with Freddy Powers, Cary Church, and Tex Whitson. Two years later, George Jones released his version of the song, and it featured on the album ‘Shine On.’ It was the last of Jones singles to reach number one on the country chart, and it stayed at the top spot for a week.
9. Still Doin’ Time (1981)
‘Still Doin’ Time’ was Jones’ eighth solo single to top the charts and his eleventh single overall. It was written by Michael P. Heeney, and it was the first single from the album ‘Still the Same Old Me.’ The song is about a man struggling with alcoholism, and it reflects elements of Jones’ personal life. At that time, fans were surprised that Jones was able to perform due to his condition as the result of drinking.
8. The Grand Tour (1974)
‘The Grand Tour’ was written by Norro Wilson, Carmol Taylor, and George Richey. It was made famous by George Jones when he released it in 1974, and it became his sixth number one hit on the country charts in the United States. The song is about a man touring a home that holds many memories, including the memory of his wife dying while giving birth. It was later covered by soul singer Aaron Neville in 1993, and his version was nominated for a Grammy Award.
7. She Thinks I Still Care (1962)
‘She Thinks I Still Care’ was George Jones’ third number one hit. Dickey Lee and Steve Duffy wrote it, and it was featured on the album ‘Hits by George.’ Although Jones was the first artist to record the song, it has since been covered by many other artists. These include Anne Murray, Patty Loveless, Elvis Presley, and Connie Francis. The song was written by Gary Gentry.
6. The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song) (1985)
American Songwriter includes ‘The One I Loved Back Then (The Corvette Song)’ on its list of the best George Jones songs of all time. Although it was not one of Jones’ number one hits, it is considered one of his best and most memorable songs. It reached number three in the United States and number two in Canada.
5. Walk Through This World with Me (1967)
Jones topped the charts for the fourth time in 1967 with the release of the single ‘Walk Through the World with Me,’ which was the lead single from the album of the same name. The song was written by Sandy Seamons and Kaye Savage. Despite the song’s success, Jones was initially unimpressed by the ballad and was only persuaded to sing the song by his producer, H.W. Pappy Dally.
4. Tender Years (1961)
‘Tender Years’ was Jones’ second number-one single, and it was included on his ‘Greatest Hits’ album. Jones co-wrote the song with Darrell Edwards, and there is a honky-tonk feel to both the music and the lyrics. In 1963, Johnny Hallyday released a French version of the song.
3. White Lightning (1959)
The first time George Jones achieved a number one hit was in 1959 with ‘White Lightning.’ It featured on Jones’ seventh studio album ‘White Lightning and Other Favorites.’This track was written by J.P Richardson, a rockabilly artist best known by the stage name Big Bopper. Tragically, Big Bopper died in an airplane accident six days before the release of this song, so he did not get to enjoy the song’s success. The song has since been covered by multiple other artists, including Waylon Jennings, Glen Campbell, Hank Williams Jr., The Waco Brothers, Shakin’ Stevens and the Sunsets, and Joe Diffle.
2. Golden Ring (1976)
‘Golden Ring’ was one of the most successful duets that George Jones released with his wife of the time, Tammy Wynette. It was the second of the couple’s duets to make it to the top spot on the country charts and the eighth time overall that Jones had released a number one hit. The song featured on the couple’s duet album of the same name. It was written by Bobby Braddock and Rafe Van Hoy, and it is about a wedding ring that changes hands several times.
1. He Stopped Loving Her Today (1980)
According to The Boot, the best George Jones song of all time is ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today,’ which is also one of the country singer’s best-known tracks. It was from the 1980 album ‘I Am What I Am.’ The track was Jones’ first number one hit for six years, and it is now considered one of the greatest country songs of all time. It was written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman, and it is about a man who is holding out hope that his former love will come back until the day he dies.