I am a big fan of Hank Williams Senior. I believe is one of the best songwriters of all time. It was such a loss of talent when he died at 29 years old. His music may turn off some because of the country twang, but if one could get past that and focus on his lyrics, it is worth it. I personally like Hank Williams Senior’s sound.
As I was watching a show about Hank Williams Senior’s lost daughter’s fight to inherit from his estate, it made me think about some of my favorite Hank Williams hits. Now I just need to dig out my Hank Williams music. But in the mean time I wanted to share this list that I believe represents the best of Hank Williams Senior.
Hank Williams Senior Hit Number One – I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love with You)
I included this song on a list of my favorite all time country songs. It has such wonderful emotion and I certainly can relate to this song. It is a song about seeing a lost love with somebody new. Of course, that doesn’t stop the feelings of love and only makes it more painful. It is a sad song, but somehow I find comfort in sad songs. The song was released in 1955
Hank Williams Senior Hit Number Two – Your Cheatin Heart
I remember this song being featured in a Pepsi commercial in the nineties. I find it to be a poignant song. It doesn’t sugar coat the effects of unfaithfulness. It is another sad song, but such a true song. The song was released in 1953 after his death.
Hank Williams Senior Hit Number Three – Hey Good Lookin
I finally have a happy song on my list. This song is an upbeat song and listening to it makes me think of times that were more innocent. I like the part of the song where he says he is going to throw out his datebook and buy a new one to put her name on every page. It is a sweet and fun song. It was released in 1951.
Hank Williams Senior Hit Number Four – Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
This song is catchy with an upbeat tune. I know the song has to do with Cajun stuff and Jambalaya. It is a fun song even though I have never had Jambalaya. I am reminded of Newman from Seinfeld and his Jambalaya. It has a beat that makes you want to dance. It was released in 1952.
Hank Williams Senior Hit Number Five – I Saw the Light
This gospel song of Hank Williams Senior is uplifting. The words are words of life and the tune is upbeat. I remember singing this song at a karaoke bar once after having to endure an offensive song. I thought to myself if they could sing that garbage, I was going to sing this song. It was a fun time and people really seemed to get into it. Praise the Lord I saw the light. It came out in 1948.
If you are a Hank Williams Senior fan, I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane with some of the best of Hank Williams Senior. If you are not familiar with his music, I hope you will be curious. I think his lyrics are worth checking out if nothing else. This is just a handful of Hank William’s hits. I could have included several more.