George Jones Songs Ranked

George Glenn Jones (September 12, 1931 – April 26, 2013) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He achieved international fame for his long list of hit records, including his best-known song “He Stopped Loving Her Today”, as well as his distinctive voice and phrasing. For the last 20 years of his life, Jones was frequently referred to as the greatest living country singer. Country music scholar Bill Malone writes, “For the two or three minutes consumed by a song, Jones immerses himself so completely in its lyrics, and in the mood it conveys, that the listener can scarcely avoid becoming similarly involved.” Waylon Jennings expressed a similar opinion in his song “It’s Alright”: “If we all could sound like we wanted to, we’d all sound like George Jones.” The shape of his nose and facial features earned Jones the nickname “The Possum”.George Jones has been called “The Rolls Royce Of Country Music” and had more than 160 chart singles to his name from 1955 until his death in 2013. Here are all of George Jones songs ranked.

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15. I’m a One Woman Man (I’m a One Woman Man, 1989)

“This is an enjoyable album for the GJ fan, his voice is about as good as it gets, and sounds wonderful. The thing that lets the album down is the material.”

14. Golden Ring (Golden Ring, 1976)

“Songwriters Bobby Braddock and Rafe Vanhoy wrote this duet about a golden wedding ring that sees a couple through love, marriage and divorce before it ends up back at the pawn shop where it was first found. Braddock was inspired by a drama about the life of a handgun that followed the lives of its various owners and applied the idea to this song.”

13. The One I Loved Back Then (Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes, 1985)

“Great country song about a car. Is he singing about the Corvette or is he really singing about the woman in the Corvette. Have to listen to this great oldie to get the meaning. Good relaxing, funny song. This is what kids today are missing out on.

12. Choices (Cold Hard Truth, 1999)

“This song is basically the true life story of George Jones, who overcame drug and alcohol addiction. The year this was released, Jones was supposed to perform it on the televised CMA Awards. The CMA’s wanted George to perform about 30 seconds of the song directly before a commercial break, so George backed out of the performance because he refused to perform only part of the song..”

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11. Bartender’s Blues (Bartender’s Blues, 1978)

“One of George Jones’ last great records of the 1970s, recorded just before a precipitous slide into a tragic personal disintegration. The title track, a duet with folkie James Taylor, is a classic. “

10. Why Baby Why (Grand Ole Opry’s New Star, 1956)

“George Jones has placed more singles in the country charts than any other artist; though he had released a number of previous singles on Starday Records, this was the first one to chart. It peaked at #4 on the country charts and, predictably, went to #1 in Texas. Stylistically, Why Baby Why is upbeat honky-tonk, with a strong fiddle lead. Thematically, it mines that oldest of country themes- infidelity. A cover version of this was a #1 country hit for Charley Pride in 1983.”

9. Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes (Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes, 1985)

“This is such a classic song and now that we have lost “The Possum” it means even more. Loved these old country music songs. The pop country of today just doesn’t do it for me! AS the song says we’re lost the great ones – who will fill their shoes?”

8. A Girl I Used to Know (Sings More New Favorites, 1964)

“I have come to appreciate George Jones more and more. He had a long career, but his voice range seemed never to be affected by time. He is the Elvis to country music, and each song seems to have a personal tone to it, allowing the listener to feel what he is feeling as he sings his song.”

7. The Window Up Above (Sings Country and Western Hits, 1961)

“It’s meaningful to have this very significant album on vinyl. I have the CD but I figured I should collect the vinyl as well. George Jones needs no reviews – he’s the most talented country artist, period.”

6. Tender Years (Greatest Hits, 1961)

“I love country music and George Jones is one of the true legends. This CD has some of his truly memorable songs with that classic down home music that only George Jones could deliver. “

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5. The Race Is On (I Get Lonely in a Hurry, 1964)

“I like everything he does. He just got the best voice ever. He has such passion in the way he sings.  S For an album titled after his previously released up-tempo hit, the best songs here are actually ballads.”

4. She Thinks I Still Care (The New Favorites of George Jones, 1962)

“I’ve been listening to this, on and off, for a couple of months. There is very little, if any, filler. It’s all quality George Jones from right around the absolute apex of his colossal career. “

3. The Grand Tour (The Grand Tour, 1974)

“This is the best country singer that ever lived and this might be his best song. You can’t go wrong with George Jones. Who can compare to George Jones and legend in his own time. A great song from a great country entertainer!!”

2. White Lightning (White Lightning and Other Favorites, 1959)

White Lightning was George Jones’ first country #1. This song was written by R&B star The Big Bopper, which makes this unusually cool choice of material for a country singer in 1959. Yet its theme, the consumption of moonshine, is something that Jones, a chronic alcoholic, can sing about with a certain authority. George Jones has enormous cache within the country world.”

1. He Stopped Loving Her Today (I Am What I Am, 1980)

“Transcendent sad-bastard music. Ingeniously reworked so the lyrical punch line knocks your teeth out. The Possum delivers a courageous mixture of pathos and ironic triumph – he works out every word like Sinatra. I harp on this a lot, but these kinds of emotion, expressed this way, are just as valid as the most lachrymose Current 93 track. I used to think this song couldn’t be any good cos it came at the tail-end of the countrypolitan era… how wrong I was. One of life’s simple pleasures is getting soused and subsuming yourself in the drama. Sing it!”