July 11, 2008
Spinner did a countdown of the 20 Most Killer Songs, meaning songs that involve murder. Naturally, there are some country titles on the list.
Johnny Cash is at #1 with “Delia’s Gone” and at #16 with “Folsom Prison Blues.” Anyone who thinks that those two songs should be switched should check out the video for “Delia’s Gone” that I’ve embedded below. It might make you reconsider, especially when he suggests other men follow his lead when dealing with “devilish” women.
Good selections, but they only scratch the surface of the murder songs in country music history. Porter Wagoner’s “The Cold Hard Facts of Life” is my personal favorite, but his itchy trigger finger showed up in many other songs, including the very disturbing “The First Mrs. Jones.” Dolly Parton and Jeannie C. Riley took the same path Wagoner did, killing off cheating lovers in “J.J. Sneed” and “Ballad of Louise”, respectively.
What are your favorite “Killer” songs?