500 Greatest Songs of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

Willie Nelson, 'Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain'

309. Willie Nelson, 'Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain'

Writer: Fred Rose
Producer: Nelson
Released: July '75, Columbia
18 weeks; No. 21

Nelson had gotten his start writing hits like "Crazy" for Patsy Cline, but his own breakthrough was a cover of an old country standard written by Rose in 1945 and originally recorded by Roy Acuff. Delivered with Nelson’s jazz-singer phrasing, it’s the beating heart of Red Headed Stranger, his 1975 concept album about love and death in the Old West.

Appears on: Red Headed Stranger (Sony)


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