Music: Top 5 Songs of Country Legend Charlie Daniels

Today is a sad day in the country music community. Country great, Charlie Daniels passed away after suffering a stroke. He was 83-years-young. I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Daniels in concert. That was probably one of the greatest shows I had ever seen. His fiddle playing was something any music should see. He often played so hard that he would destroy several bows during a show.

Daniels also received multiple accolades throughout his career. In 2002, Cheyenne Frontier Days inducted Daniels into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame. He became a member of the Grand ole Opry in 2008. Daniels was an inductee into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009. Finally, the Country Music Hall of Fame inducted Charlie Daniels in 2016.

In honor of Charlie Daniels, here are his top five songs (videos included).

5. Uneasy Rider (1973)

One thing that Charlie Daniels could do was tell a story with his music. One of the better stories is number five on this list. This song takes shots at the differences between rednecks and hippies. There was a sequel to this song called ‘Uneasy Rider ‘88’.

4. Long Haired Country Boy (1974)

This song speaks to the southern country boy. The ones that walked around with long hair out the back of their cowboy hats. It also had a feel of a song that you would hear from another southern country boy, Hank Williams Jr.

3. The South’s Gonna Do It Again (1974)

This southern rock classic was one that Daniels dropped to coincide with the growing genre. In this hit, Charlie Daniels mentions many of his old rock buddies. This was a great time to be a long-haired country boy.

2. Drinking My Baby Goodbye (1985)

This song came out in 1985. Men who have ever lost their woman can relate a song too. Sometimes it is easy to get a drink to ease the pain.

1. Devil Went Down to Georgia (1979)

This was probably Daniels’ most popular song. It is about a classic fiddle battle.  The battle takes place between a young fiddler and the devil. The song, as did Uneasy Rider, had a sequel. Daniel would play fiddle for the ‘Devil Came Back to Georgia’. That song also featured Johnny Cash, Marty Stuart, and Travis Tritt.

Charlie Daniels was an American storyteller. Some honorable mentions to this list would be ‘Simple Man’, ‘Trudy’, ‘In America’, and ‘Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues’.

What are your favorite Charlie Daniels songs? Leave a comment below.

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