Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Western Songs songs of all time 2017, Every genre of music has its greats and its notables, but among the millions of songs that have been recorded over the years there are only a certain number that are considered the best of all time. Western music has for a long time garnered a massive fan base that has never wavered or gone the way of its more classical roots. The deep, drawling voices of the performers, the much-anticipated twang of the guitars, and the often-heard ballads that are an integral part of the genre have come to define this type of music. So with that being said, here are the ten best western songs of all time.
- 10. Big Iron- Marty Robbins
- 9. Red River Valley- Gene Autry
- 8. Home on the Range- Brewster Higley
- 7. Tumbling Tumbleweed- Bob Nolan
- 6. Don’t Fence Me In- Cole Porter & Robert Fletcher
- 5. High Noon- Dimitri Tiomkin
- 4. Back in the Saddle Again- Ray Whitley
- 3. Cool Water- Bob Nolan
- 2. El Paso- Marty Robbins
- 1. Ghost Rider in the Sky- Tom Jones
Here we present the list of top 10 best Western Songs songs of all time 2017.
10. Big Iron- Marty Robbins
It’s such a classic ballad that one can’t help but tap their toes to the quick beat and listen to the story as it’s told throughout the entire track. As western songs go this tune is a catchy and well-respected piece that most anyone can listen to at least a few times without fail. Just getting the gist of the story brings to mind thoughts of a lone ranger, no pun intended, striding down some dusty street with a six-shooter hanging just in reach on his hip, ready for most anything that comes his way. The idea of the old west that this song elicits is a powerful image that doesn’t fade quickly once the song ends, and in some ways could actually have served as an inspiration for many of the old western movies of the time.
9. Red River Valley- Gene Autry
This might seem like the archetypal western song that so many individuals would attribute to the genre. Some might actually claim that this tune has been overplayed throughout the years, as it’s been known to appear in film, television, and to be the favorite of those who just feel the need to spin a love ballad using the classical notes of this classic track. Possessing the feel of the old west and the romantic lean of a story whose ending didn’t quite get to the desired finish, this song is an easy pick for one of the best songs of all time hands down, and not just because it’s a western.
8. Home on the Range- Brewster Higley
It doesn’t matter if you were a city kid or a country kid growing up. Chances are you heard this song at least a dozen times or more in your life and learned how to hum it at least if not sing it word for word. From dozens of parodies to even a kid’s film that earned the same title, this song is yet another track that epitomizes the era in which it was created, bringing to life the existence that those in that day had to contend with and the utmost desire for a simple if harder way of life that was replete with intrinsic reward for the people that did what they had to do in order to get by. As a song, this piece is a nice little track that’s easy to sing and remember, but it also elicits feelings of a simpler life that could have been.
7. Tumbling Tumbleweed- Bob Nolan
This might not seem like the same type of song as the others on this list, but that is largely because it is not. There’s little twang to this song, little joviality and even less of the hard knock type of life that is often described in western songs. This is more of a ballad than the others in that it tells a story of loss, of how things come around, and how the singer is simply the narrator of what comes to everyone in time. Even reading the lyrics seems to evoke a different feeling than many western songs, as it brings to mind far more emotion than practical thought, and most definitely plays more to the whimsical and lilting side of western than the other tracks.
6. Don’t Fence Me In- Cole Porter & Robert Fletcher
There’s usually a message that is put into every song no matter how hard one has to look to see it. In this track there’s no exception as the title tells the story before the song ever begins. While it creates a much wider notion of freedom, independence, and even personal autonomy, this song is a powerful and lilting piece that has been replicated more than once since its creation, often losing the original feel to make it resonate more with the current generation of listeners. The song’s status as one of the best of all time however stems from its original recording and the message it sends to its listeners of the time.
5. High Noon- Dimitri Tiomkin
While a lot of western songs cling to the notion of having to tales of the open range, or the desire for a simple life, songs such as this are noted for their ability to showcase the morality that still dominated the overall undercurrent of the old west. The gunfights, the cattle drives, the rustling and otherwise stoic nature of the western frontier is still very much embodied in this tune, but it speaks to a much deeper sense of humanity than many westerns seem to delve into. The emotional side of the classic western is something that audiences often wish to hear but don’t often request in this day and age, as many prefer the hard-hitting feel of a ballad telling of the struggle between right and wrong instead of something with a more romantic lean. It’s too bad, as songs like this aren’t always easy to find.
4. Back in the Saddle Again- Ray Whitley
Now here is what most people might think of when they envision a real western song. It’s playful, it’s somewhat serious and whimsical all at once, and it’s a favorite that many people from the older generation can remember. This is what our parents and grandparents grew up listening to if they were lucky, and considering that the song is from all the way back in 1939 it’s a wonder that anyone can still find it. Of all the songs on this list this is perhaps one of the most fun and among the most pleasing western songs that still exists in the minds of fans today.
3. Cool Water- Bob Nolan
It says a lot for an artist when they make the same list twice. More to the point it says that their fans tended to think that they were bound for glory and everlasting fame for no better reason than because they were just that good. Following close to the same good feel as other songs, this tune still differs from others simply because it is less wistful, less lilting, and seems to take a slightly harder approach as it continues onward. This is perhaps one of Nolan’s best known hits, not to mention one that seems to squarely peg him as one of the best western singers of all time.
2. El Paso- Marty Robbins
You can still find this song playing on many an old school jukebox and, if you’re lucky, on the occasional radio station when they’re feeling particularly nostalgic. It’s a classic that has that playful bounce and twang that pleases the ear and even keeps a person tapping their toes throughout the entire piece. This song had just enough of the same pace of many Mexican songs that keep the movement fluid and without any hard stops or unnecessary pauses that can ruin other songs and keep the listener waiting for something truly inspired to happen. This is a good time from start to end, just as it should be.
1. Ghost Rider in the Sky- Tom Jones
It’s safe to say that unless your entirely biased against western songs or are otherwise unimpressed by musical nuances altogether that you won’t get the point of this song. When it comes to westerns though it would be wise to sit and pay attention to this one of a time classic. Just a chance to hear this in person would have been worth more than what most concerts charge today, if only to be caught up by the twang and booming bass of the singer’s voice and the haunting story that was told throughout the piece. Each word leaves the listener wanting more, like a compelling story that you can’t help but read page by page, any interested listener will wait with rapt attention for each note to hit just right, and they won’t be disappointed.
Western songs often get confused with country music far too often, which is a common misconception among those who don’t truly understand the difference. Western tends to use steel instruments for their deeper, more resonant sound while country is almost all about using less instruments and creating a much different and even simpler feel. It takes a discerning ear to know the difference, but once a person hears it they don’t often confuse the two ever again.