The Best Texas Songs of All Time: #59-40

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Tum Tum
Best Texas songs, #100-80

Best Texas songs, #79-60

The Spotify playlist for songs #59-40

59. Tum Tum, "Caprice Music"
For years, the Dallas hip-hop community's had a love affair with the Chevy Caprice Classic. Tum Tum's "Caprice Music" was an ode to that car culture, illustrating the unique trends specific to our city in the wake of Drank Epidemic Vol 7. - Austin Staubus

58. Tripping Daisy, "Waited a Light Year"
Lost in the doldrums of a major label system turnaround, Tripping Daisy's Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb remains a gem from start to finish. "Waited a Light Year" could very well be mistaken for a Polyphonic Spree song. - Eric Grubbs

57. Pantera, "Walk"
Pantera knew how to grab people right away: Put the money riff at the center and everything else will fall in place. Recognizable from the first note, this track off the Arlington four-piece's 1992 LP Vulgar Display of Power holds up to this day. Where else could a ZZ Top-style boogie mesh with Black Sabbath heaviness? - Eric Grubbs

56. Centro-matic, "Only in My Double Mind"
As prolific as Will Johnson is, one could pick several dozen Centro-matic songs to add to this list. The towering, heavily reverbed vocals and pounding piano make "Only in My Double Mind," from 2011's Candidate Waltz, especially memorable, and the song's power shows that he and the band are still a force 15-plus years into their career. - Jesse Hughey

55. Joe Ely, "All Just to Get To You"
This 1995 train-hopping rocker reminded people Ely wasn't merely a Flatlander from the past, but a star in his own right. By the end of the song, his vocals make sure he beats his "fists against the moon" in order to get what he wants. - Kelly Dearmore

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Selena
54. Selena, "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom"
The shoulda, coulda, wouldas surrounding Selena's brief and heartbreaking career have not gone away over time. The Corpus Christi singer represented so much of what Texas really is: fiercely independent, larger than life. When you reach for that one Selena hit, "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" always gets the job done. Don't miss "Baila Esta Cumbia" either. - Deb Doing Dallas

53. Bun B, "Draped Up"
When Pimp C was arrested in 2005, faithful UGK fans were concerned their historic run had come to an end. Bun B, however, released a debut solo album, with "Draped Up" serving as the first single. The single became so popular, Bun's label released an "H-Town" remix that featured Chamillionaire, Paul Wall and Slim Thug. - Austin Staubus

52. George Jones, "Cup of Loneliness"
My dad used to say "Amazing Grace" sung in a bar full of sinning drunks on a Saturday night would always be superior to the Sunday morning version. That applies here, too, as Jones really sells the miserable keening for some kind of redemption, which he knows all too well, even if his cocaine addiction, lawnmower rides and another couple of marriages were still ahead of him back in 1960. - Jesse Hughey

51. Townes Van Zandt, "No Place to Fall"
This song is not his best, but with Townes fallen to where no mortal can catch him, it's easily one of his more prophetic. - Doug Davis


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7 comments
dancart
dancart

One of the Dallas Observer writers refers to someone else as a "smug asshole"?

Well now I've seen it all.

billiam
billiam

There is no such thing as a song called "All My Ex's Live in Texas," however, the George Strait hit "All My Exes Live in Texas" deserves to be on this list.

matt
matt

'Prairie Rose' by Roxy Music better be number 1 or this list is total BS.

audra.schroeder1
audra.schroeder1 moderator

In the writer's defense, I had to cut the line that says that yes, he is covering a Guy Clark song. So just so we can all calm down: Yes, "L.A. Freeway" is a Guy Clark song, but this writer put Jerry Jeff's version on the list.

PaulBurrough
PaulBurrough

This just keeps getting worse.  The L.A. Freeway gaffe is inexcusable.

JohnNeelyBryan
JohnNeelyBryan

Um, "L.A. Freeway" is a Guy Clark song, not a Ron Crosby song.

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