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No. 2: Johnny Cash, ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ – Top 100 Country Songs

Folsom Prison Blues
Sun Records

A locomotive backbeat and prison wall lyrics defined the career of Johnny Cash. A strong argument could be made that this sound was built first on ‘Folsom Prison Blues,’ the No. 2 Song on the Top 100 Country Songs list.

Cash first released the song in 1955, but it wasn’t a hit until 13 years later, when it became a No. 1 single in the U.S. and Canada. It’s amazing how strong and confident the Man in Black sounded on this early recording. He helped make famous an outlaw style that would forever be imitated, duplicated and replicated. There’s no arguing that the man, like this song, was a true original.

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