“On the Road Again”
Written by Willie Nelson
Radio & Records
#1 (2 weeks)
October 24 – October 31, 1980
#1 (1 week)
November 8, 1980
After two hit singles from the soundtrack of The Electric Horseman, Willie Nelson returned to No. 1 with a hit from another soundtrack: Honeysuckle Rose.
“On the Road Again” was an enormous hit, and it is still one of Willie’s signature songs. It probably captures his ethos better than anything else he had a hit with, as his love for touring and live performances have kept him on the road for more than fifty years.
Everything about this record works, from the loose live performance that gives it an authentic road band sound, to Nelson’s idiosyncratic phrasing as he sings, “We’re the best of friends, insisting that the world keep turning our way, and our way, is on the road again.”
He would later explore his impulse to roam again in a stunning fashion in 1993 with “Still is Still Moving to Me,” a single from his brilliant Across the Borderline that failed to chart, only four years after he was named the No. 1 country singles artist of the eighties. We’ll be seeing a lot more of Nelson between now and then.
“On the Road Again” gets an A.
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