"Ring of Fire," Johnny Cash
You can't talk about the symbiotic connection between country music and punk rock without mentioning the fusion's high-water mark: Social Distortion's amped-up cover of "Ring of Fire" from their 1990 self-titled album. While Social D's pedal-to-the-floor take on the tune has become one of the band's signature songs, it wasn't greeted with unanimous approval. "People were kind of tripping out when I first told them about that one, even though I remember singing Johnny Cash songs like 'Wanted Man' in our live set as early as 1985," says Ness. "This was during a period of time where there were a lot of those 'what's punk versus what's not punk' discussions going on. I wasn't looking for the punk police to come around and tell me what I could and couldn't do. I thought it was very punk rock to cover a Johnny Cash song."