He wrote many, many albums during his time as a musician.
Picking favourite songs by Johnny Cash is like trying to find your favourite grain of sand on a beach. It is very close to impossible. I'll try my best to give an idea of my favourites, anyhow:
Folsom Prison Blues
The Legend of John Henry's Hammer
Green, Green Grass of Home
The Long Black Veil
Along with some of his funnier numbers:
Flushed From the Bathroom of Your Heart
A Boy Named Sue
Cash has the most beautiful bass voice that is accompanied by his guitar playing in numerous memorable ballads and country classics. He has left a lasting imprint on rock 'n' roll, gospel, and country music.
As a child--apologies for the anecdote--I was terribly picky about my musical taste and went through painful phases where I would listen to Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani, the song "Star of Wonder," and an album called Rhinoceros Tap (thankfully my taste has evolved since then). Needless to say, these phases drove my dad crazy (which is not a long drive, by the way). I did, however, also go through phases where I would listen to good music, like P!nk,
Jethro Tull, and... JOHNNY CASH!!! Yes, as a 7 year old I was singing "Only 19 more minutes to go..." In fact, when I had to do a biography in second grade, I chose Johnny Cash. Unfortunately, I was banned from doing my biography on him because my teacher had seen the movie Walk the Line. That time when all I would listen to was Live at Folsom Prison and American Recordings was a time when I listened to one of the greatest singers to ever grace the earth. To this day, I still love anything written by Cash. That is a phase that never will die.
If, somehow, you have never heard of Johnny Cash, go look him up. Right now. You are missing out on a classic. If you have, then go refresh your memory.
Zoe Adler is a music journalist from Long Beach, California. Besides her website, which is her pride and joy, she works with the GRAMMY Foundation and the Long Beach Independent. Additionally, Ms. Adler is a musician, spending half of her time playing the flute, piccolo, trombone, and marching baritone. She has been with TeenView Music since the very start and hopes to make something of it in the future.