True enough that country gospel songs are one of the most symbolic gospel melodies. Their tunes and lyrics would simply ring immortal to the ears of people who love them. Here is a continuation of the list of all-time best country gospel hits.
10. Randy Travis: ‘Three Wooden Crosses’
“Three Wooden Crosses” by Randy Travis is a tale of a roadside tragedy taking three lives and sparing just one. The CMA Awards granted it The Song of the Year title in 2003. Scoring No. 1 on the country singles charts, “Three Wooden Crosses” remains to be one of Randy Travis’s most lasting songs.
9. Waylon Jennings: ‘I Do Believe’
Originally from the 1995 Highwaymen’s reunion album, this notable song inspired Kris Kristofferson a lot. As a result, the country gospel icon had it sang on the tribute “Lonesome On’ry & Mean” to Waylon Jennings.
8. Vince Gill: ‘Go Rest High on That Mountain’
The death of his friend Keith Whitley inspired Vince Gill to write about this song. Its completion came after his own brother, Bob’s death a few years later though. “Go Rest High on the Mountain” won a Grammy for Best Country Song in 1993.
7. Johnny Cash: ‘The Man Comes Around’
Johnny Cash actually wrote the song “The Man Comes Around”. This exemplary religious song made an appearance in the latter period of his career, on “American IV.” It gave the Man in Black a distinction being a powerful songwriter. The Book of Revelation provided the song’s imagery expanding to a great high point.
6. Josh Turner: ‘Long Black Train’
Unlike in some other songs where trains carry religious significance, Josh Turner’s “Long Black Train,” symbolizes train as twin rails to hell. Written from his debut album, this eponymous song greatly propelled him to fame.
5. Roy Acuff: ‘The Great Speckled Bird’
Roy Acuff’s “The Great Speckled Bird” covers solid Biblical imagery, with its title originating from the book of Jeremiah 12:9. Nick Tosches called it “one of the few truly mystical country records ever cut” in his book “Country: The twist Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll. 1936, the song became Acuff’s first hit.
4. Porter Wagoner: ‘A Satisfied Mind’
Porter Wagoner’s first No. 1 country song, “A Satisfied Man” carries emotions arising from the book of Matthew’s verse: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Everyone had the song covered from Alabama’s Blind Boys to Bob Dylan.
3. Kris Kristofferson: ‘Why Me’
A candid gospel song was written by Kristofferson, “Why Me Lord” relates a story of man startled by God’s grace. Many artists had the song recorded. The most prominent of them was Johnny Cash.
2. The Carter Family: ‘Can the Circle Be Unbroken’
A song having its title a question, “Can the Circle be Unbroken” is a Christian hymn relating the loss of a loved one. Johnny Cash, being a great fan of this song, later invaded the lyrics for the recording of his “Daddy Sang Bass.”
1. Hank Williams: ‘I Saw the Light’
Hank Williams’ “I Saw the Light” has much relevance to his life particularly his fight between religion and the honky-tonk lifestyle. In 1948, Williams had the song released under his own name.