The 100 Best Texas Songs: The Complete List

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100. Tripping Daisy, "Sonic Bloom"
Before this album, the band had a grunge-pop affectation, but this song, from 1998's Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb, was more heartfelt than anything they'd done before. - Daniel Hopkins

99. Pleasant Grove, "The Plaque at 16ft"
Bret Egner wrote "The Plaque at 16ft," a peaceful song in which he sings about his view from underwater. There are vague hints of suicide or death, but overall the song is majestic in its peacefulness and simplicity. - Daniel Hopkins

98. Old 97's, "Timebomb"
With an opening riff that sounds like Billy Zoom playing a Carl Perkins song, this classic Old 97's tune understandably registers with people to this day. A staple of the band's repertoire since it was written, Rhett Miller's smooth vocal delivery works perfectly over a busy, train-kept-a-rolling rhythm section. - Eric Grubbs

97. Devin the Dude, "Doobie Ashtray"
Devin uses the minor annoyance of discovering a guest took the last bit of herb from an ashtray to illustrate how frustrating it is to lose something and be left with nothing, whether it's as big as a yacht or as small as some pot. - Jesse Hughey

96. Baboon, "Night of the Long Knives"
As heavy as it is melodic, urgent and noisy, this was always a crowd favorite during Baboon's frequent shows back in Denton's glorious '90s. It could have been some kind of fight anthem, but the guys in the band seemed too nice to inspire anything more serious than some moshing -- if a pit could keep up with the blazing guitar. - Jesse Hughey

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95. Lyle Lovett, "She's No Lady, She's My Wife"
While Lovett's catalog is bursting with examples of clever word play, this song's sly humor is about as good as it gets. - Doug Davis

94. At the Drive-In, "One Armed Scissor"
Many screamo bands have attempted to make something as good as At the Drive-In's material, but you can't argue with an original. - Eric Grubbs

93. Lil Keke ft. Paul Wall and Bun B, "Chunk Up The Deuce"
Under the tutelage of Michael "5000" Watts, Swishahouse became one of the preeminent independent Houston labels at the height of America's obsession with everything grain-gripping and syrup-sipping. With its drum patterns and daunting keys, Lil Keke's "Chunk Up The Deuce" eventually became one of the most memorable songs from the period. - Austin Staubus

92. Stevie Ray Vaughan, "Pride & Joy"
"Pride & Joy" was Texas Flood's most enduring track. The song's blues-rock riff hides a bit of improvisation, reminding listeners that guitar solos didn't have to be compartmentalized and predictable. - Shahryar Rizvi



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27 comments
kategorical
kategorical

No Bowling for Soup???? "Come back to Texas", "Girl all the Bad guys Want"

lizbuddie
lizbuddie

You should have made a playlist. Duh.

brian.martin
brian.martin

Holy shit! Great list methinks, Townes and the Duct Tape Messiah are on it, I think Marie should be top 10 though..Still a good list.

medlint
medlint

I don't think some of these selectees are from Texas . . .

michaelschaefer
michaelschaefer

Jerry Jeff didn't write L.A. Freeway-his friend Guy Clark did.


Brenda Barrett Van Sickle
Brenda Barrett Van Sickle

Perhaps if you'd explain what criteria was used to pick this hodge podge while overlooking so many talented Texans.

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning

Seriously, Dallas, just secede to Oklahoma or Seattle and be done with it. This list is a huge ball of confusion. One example: "All Just To Get To You" is the one Joe Ely song. LMAO. Incredible. Beyond incredible. And even here in Houston we wouldn't rate "Tighten Up" over several of Willie's titles, especially "Night Life." The George Jones song is "Cup of Loneliness"?? WTF? No "Two Steps From the Blues," no "Pack Fair and Square," no "White Lightnin'," no "Race Is On," no "I'll Walk Alone" or "Singin' the Blues" by Marty Robbins? Jeez. Nice try, but not even close with this list. .

collazo.kim
collazo.kim

"the version sung on horseback by Olive Oyl, siren of the cartoon world, that rattles around in my head."

I remember this but I can't find which EP of Popeye this was. Can anyone help

lemonbrigade
lemonbrigade

Oh, and no Leadbelly? Like "the Greatest Blues Musician of All Time" Leadbelly?

lemonbrigade
lemonbrigade

Ok, the whole list is invalidated by lacking what should be the #1 song: Bobby Fuller Four's version of "I Fought The Law." And "Let Her Dance" by them is another of the very best songs of all time.

 

And while "In Dreams" is inarguably one of Orbison's greatest, if he's going on here you must include "Crying" and probably several more.

 

"It's Funky Enough" by D.O.C. is classic, but his "Portrait of A Masterpiece" may be my favorite rap track ever, in the entire history of rap.

 

And although he is represented, I'd put "Silver Ships of Andilar" by Townes Van Zandt in my top all-time Texas tracks as well.

Drewski
Drewski

No, Toadies, no Hagfish, no Burden Brothers, no Radiant, No Rev. Horton Heat, no New Bohemians and SRV, Pantera only get one song each? If this was a Spinal Tap record review, I'd have to say "Shit Sandwich."

ericl777
ericl777

The lack of the Reverend Horton Heat makes the list null and void.  I agree with many of your choices, but leaving RHH off the list means you didn't do your research.  

michaelcrabtree78745
michaelcrabtree78745

at the drive - one armed scissor? quite possibly one of the worst songs ever recorded. doesn't belong on any list or acknowledgement of any kind. your list just lost all legitimacy. 

sanderw
sanderw

so Tum Tum makes the list but Edie Brickell and New Bohemians doesn't?

IgnatiusJ
IgnatiusJ

"Remember when Scratch Acid had a violin in one of their songs?"  NO.  Remember when it used to be cool to affect the most contrived eccentricity in portraying a music enthusiast?

A.g. Zolli
A.g. Zolli

Nice to see Tripping Daisy get some love.

brian.martin
brian.martin

Flying shoes should have made the list too..

deford39
deford39

I am completely astounded that Steven Fromholz's "Texas Trilogy" wasn't at the top of the list... You people screwed up royally... Bunch of damned Yankee transplants!

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