Glen Campbell: 20 Essential Songs

From his signature "Rhinestone Cowboy" to an unconventional Foo Fighters cover

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"Wichita Lineman" (1968)

Picturing himself as a telephone repairman working on a power line high above Middle America, Jimmy Webb wrote this song specifically for Campbell's voice. The result is a gorgeous pairing of melancholy and melody, with Al De Lory's string arrangement nearly stealing the show. Campbell sings the tune's now-iconic refrain – "The Wichita lineman is still on the line" – in a voice that sweeps skyward during the final moments, almost as though the song is actually being delivered 40 feet above ground. 

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