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Johnny Cash's 10 most beloved songs

By Arkansas Online

This article was published February 26, 2012 at 6:00 a.m.


Johnny Cash talks with inmates during an appearance at Arkansas' Cummins Prison.

In honor of what would have been Johnny Cash's 80th birthday, we asked a few music-minded folks which were their favorite songs from the man in black. Here's the responses.

Jack Hill, longtime entertainment writer and music lover who got to interview Cash once upon a time.

  1. Ring of Fire
  2. Five Feet High and Rising
  3. It Ain't Me, Babe
  4. If I Were a Carpenter
  5. Jackson

  6. Big River
  7. Pickin' Time
  8. I Walk the Line
  9. Get Rhythm
  10. A Boy Named Sue

Pat 'Flap' Jones, host of Not Necessarily Nashville on KUAR. Visit her blog at

  1. Ring of Fire - Written by June Carter Cash, makes it twice as good
  2. I Walk The Line
  3. Don’t Take Your Guns To Town
  4. Folsom Prison Blues
  5. Ballad of Ira Hayes - My mother’s favorite song, she was a huge J Cash fan, shared a birthday with him
  6. Man In Black
  7. The Man Comes Around
  8. Suppertime
  9. Get Rhythm
  10. I Walk The Line - Rodney Crowell w/J Cash from The Houston Kid

Philip Martin, critic, columnist and blogger. In fact, read his blog about Cash on his 79th birthday at his blog.

  1. Delia's Gone
  2. I Still Miss Someone
  3. Don't Take Your Guns to Town
  4. Hurt

  5. Cocaine Blues
  6. God's Gonna Cut You Down

  7. I Walk the Line
  8. Jackson (with June Carter)
  9. Folsom Prison Blues
  10. Ring of Fire

Ellis Widner, Style section editor and all-around music man.

  1. “Hurt,” Trent Reznor’s song, on American IV: The Man Comes Around
  2. “Ring of Fire,” 1963.
  3. “Delia’s Gone,” The Sound of Johnny Cash and American Recordings. The latter version chills to the bone.
  4. “Get Rhythm,” 1956, flip side of ...
  5. “I Walk the Line.”
  6. “Tennessee Flat-Top Box,” 1961
  7. “Understand Your Man,” 1964
  8. “Highwayman,” with Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings
  9. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” from American IV: The Man Comes Around
  10. “Jackson,” with June Carter.


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