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Listen to Levon Helm's Finest Moments: From 'The Weight' to 'Atlantic City'

Eighteen tracks from the Band co-founder's incredible career

Levon Helm performs at the Life is Good Festival at the Prowse Farm in Canton, Massachusetts.
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April 17, 2012 6:05 PM ET

The devastating news that Levon Helm is in the final stages of his fight against cancer has sent us all to our record collections to reflect on his incredible legacy. Here's a Spotify playlist of Levon's finest moments, from his days in the Band through his recent solo albums. We could easily do a whole other list of his greatest drumming moments, but this list is focused on his singing – though he also plays drums on almost every single one of these songs. 

"The Weight" - Music From Big Pink

"The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down" - The Band 

"Rag Mama Rag" - The Band

"Up on Cripple Creek" - The Band 

"The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show" - Stage Fright

"When I Pain My Masterpiece" - Cahoots

"Don’t Do It" - Rock of Ages

"Don't Ya Tell Henry" - Rock of Ages

"Ain't Got No Home" - Moondog Matinee

"Ophelia" - Northern Lights-Southern Cross

"Forbidden Fruit" - Northern Lights-Southern Cross

"Twilight (Alternate Version)" - Northern Lights-Southern Cross

"Livin' in a Dream" - Islands

"Atlantic City" - Jericho

"Poor Old Dirt Farmer"  - Dirt Farmer 

"The Mountain" - Dirt Farmer 

"Tennessee Jed" - Electric Dirt

"When I Go Away" -  Electric Dirt

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