12. George Jones & Tammy Wynette – "Golden Ring"
Talk about real-life drama spilling upwards into art: Wynette and Jones had a love that was well-documented for its tumult – but boy did it ever sound good with a slide guitar. On "Golden Ring," one of their most popular numbers, these two sing sweetly about two lovers buying a wedding ring at a pawnshop. Sweet enough, but over the course of a few verses the tale escalates to the point that the lovers become fighters, and the ring ends back where it began. So sad they slowed down the tempo and howled like two lone wolves, with a little country twang.