The Best Texas Songs of All Time: #79-60
Best Texas songs, #100-80
Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
79. Lift to Experience, "Falling From Cloud 9"
From one of the best albums of any North Texas act in recent history, "Falling From Cloud 9" is one of the more accessible songs on 2001's The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads. It's probably the one that caught my ear when I first saw the band perform at Trees in 1999. "Put your dreams in a bottle, smash it to the ground / Slip off your slippers, and dance all around / It's just blood." - Daniel Hopkins
78. Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, "Wooly Bully"
Dallas' own Domingo "Sam "Zamudio took his alter ego to chart success with a song based on his cat. A novelty? Perhaps, but it's still a pretty sweet twist on your standard blues song. And that organ line owns the whole thing. - Audra Schroeder
77. Kris Kristofferson, "Me and Bobby McGee"
A song sung by many (Roger Miller, Janis Joplin), but penned by the Brownsville native, who went on to have a successful career of his own, including a stint with the Highwaymen (Willie, Waylon, Johnny Cash). - Audra Schroeder
76. Destiny's Child, "Bills, Bills, Bills"
Like many songs produced by Kevin Briggs, "Bills" featured harpsichord over an R&B rhythm and the then-quartet Destiny's Child passing lyrics to each other. Those lyrics introduced an empowerment theme Destiny's Child would cover again in "Independent Women" and "Survivor." - Shahryar Rizvi
75. Patty Griffin, "Moses"
Griffin has been exploring her gospel side and teaming with Robert Plant and his Band of Joy in recent years. The acoustically-powered "Moses," from her 1996 album Living With Ghosts, is remarkable for the way in which she blends the Biblical feats of Moses with people who find love "with their wine and beer." - Kelly Dearmore
74. Centro-matic, "Fidgeting Wildly"
"Fidgeting Wildly," from their Redo the Stacks album, blends a fantastic hook with that signature Will Johnson timbre. An ode to your own devices, he sings, "You're trapped in your room, and you're the only audience." Narcissism has never sounded so good. - Deb Doing Dallas
73. The Hochimen, "God Was A Flower"
Reggie Rueffer's musical genius encompasses Ray Price (with whom he toured as a teenager), Mahler (whom he studied as an SMU orchestral student) and XTC (whose influence he copped while playing in Deep Ellum dumps). He made his most personal statements with the Hochimen, on whose debut album, Totenlieder, he wrestled with his lapsed Methodist's existential anguish. - Ken Shimamoto
72. Meat Loaf, "Paradise by the Dashboard Light"
"Paradise" lives on as its own mini-rock opera: Boy meets girl, boy makes out with girl, boy presents overly-wrought baseball metaphor about going all the way, girl turns boy's desires into a forced confession of eternal love, both are miserable ever after. - Deb Doing Dallas
71. Terry Allen, "Amarillo Highway"
Lubbock's Terry Allen has received minimal fanfare and acclaim over the years, making his remarkably personable bar-band aesthetic all the more potent. Armed with a buoyant piano hook and Allen's pronounced vocal twang, it's easy to see why Robert Earl Keen would pay homage with a cover. - Zach Hale
70. Deep Blue Something, "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
Four years after the Denton band's formation, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1995. And while this is as good as it ever got for Deep Blue Something, we're pretty sure they made a few bucks off royalties. - Catherine Downes