51. Townes Van Zandt, "No Place to Fall" This song is not his best, but with Townes fallen to where no mortal can catch him, it's easily one of his more prophetic. Doug Davis

50. Lil Wil, "My Dougie" Focused on style rather than substance, Lil Wil's "My Dougie" embodied everything Dallas, catching the attention of even the most hardened music executives. "My Dougie" became a national sensation, inspiring CNN's own Wolf Blitzer to "dougie" on air. Austin Staubus

49. Big Boys, "Fun, Fun, Fun" While the rest of the punks were taking themselves seriously in 1982, Austin's Big Boys were putting out songs like this, and daring to like both the Cockney Rejects and Joy Division in the same breath. It still resonates so much, there's now even a festival named after it. Not a bad legacy. Audra Schroeder

48. Cherubs, "Stag Party" The omnipresent dial tone throughout this song gives it some added menace, though Austin's noise-punk Cherubs had enough of that already. 1994's Heroinman was their finest hour, and we'll take that reunion show anytime, fellas. Audra Schroeder

47. Dorrough, "Ice Cream Paint Job" Garnering over 15,000,00 views on YouTube, Dallas rapper Dorrough's "Ice Cream Paint Job" seemingly came out of nowhere. The song resonated so strongly, Cash Money's Lil Wayne remixed "Ice Cream Paint Job" on his critically acclaimed "No Ceilings" mixtape. Austin Staubus

46. Jerry Jeff Walker, "L.A. Freeway" The beauty of a simple story told honestly is not one many can master. Thankfully, Walker is one of many plain-spoken Texan poets that can pack a novel's worth of gravitas into this three-minute ditty, originally done by Guy Clark.Kelly Dearmore

45. Waylon Jennings, "Rainy Day Woman" Waylon Jennings knew how to write a so-called outlaw song, and a TV theme for lake-jumping rednecks, but he also knew how to write a love song. While his buddy Willie Nelson loved to sonically strip a song to its skeleton, Jennings thrived when the tempo was high and the band was in full roadhouse mode. Kelly Dearmore

44. Erykah Badu, "On & On" "On & On" takes me back to the first time I heard Baduizm, and was transformed. Nearly 15 years later, "On & On" hasn't aged a bit. It's frequently the vamp when Badu is about to drop some real talk on her audience. "What good will your words do, when they can't understand you?" Deb Doing Dallas

43. Red Krayola, "Hurricane Fighter Plane" From 1967's Parable of Arable Land comes a song that's entirely driven by that glorious bassline. The Houston group, led by Mayo Thompson, has been playing one-off shows recently. Texas deserves one, don't you think? Audra Schroeder

42. George Strait, "All My Ex's Live in Texas" This song could have been written in any decade across the last century, but Strait did it in 1987, subsequently making us wonder if he was a smug asshole or in on the joke, which is a testament to his grasp of irony, story and true country. Audra Schroeder

41. ZZ Top, "La Grange" In recent years, the Top have recycled their shtick a bit too often, but this track, from 1973, was the band at their peak. They turned a local news story about a whorehouse into two kick-ass guitar solos and smacked the world upside the head. Doug Davis

40. Freddie King, "You've Got To Love Her With a Feeling" This won't be the last appearance by King on our list. The Dallas blues guitarist gives some real talk: Love your woman with a feeling, or you won't have her at all. And, as usual, King rips into a wig-lifting solo halfway through. Audra Schroeder

39. Billy Joe Shaver, "Live Forever"

"Live Forever" is an emotional experience. The line, "Don't let the darkness take them" is tear-inducing, given that his own son, Eddy, was taken by heroin. Shaver's definition of "living forever" isn't what most envision; he's singing about seeing his family again on the other side, not about playing dive bars until he drops. Kelly Dearmore

38. Selena, "Dreaming of You" "Dreaming of You" is the title track off Selena's sixth and final album. Released in 1995, it debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 charts, four months after the singer was tragically murdered by the ex-president of her fan club. The ballad was Selena's biggest single, and probably the song she's most recognized for. Catherine Downes

37. The Dicks, "Saturday Night at the Bookstore""Another Saturday night at the bookstore, and it looks like every fucking piece of trash in town blew in," sings Gary Floyd, introducing this four-minute screed against homophobia. The Austin punks never minced words, especially Floyd. He feverishly directs its taunting chorus at hypocrites and bigots: "I'm at the bookstore/I'm at the bookstore/I'm at the bookstore/You're at the bookstore too!" Audra Schroeder

36. Bugs Henderson, "Shuffle King" Henderson passed earlier this year, but he left a hefty back catalog to pick from. Audra Schroeder

35. Butch Hancock, "Split and Slide"Hancock essentially penned a short story here, about two characters stumbling through the Texas desert. Butch knows his audience, and seeing this done live is the best way to absorb it. Audra Schroeder

34. Tex Ritter, "Dallas Darling"Singer, politician movie star, father of John Ritter. Tex had a big life, but his buoyant voice was always the centerpiece of every country song. Audra Schroeder

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Quit it ! Your  so called "Best" ain't good enough. Just give up.

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errrrrrm Loco Gringo's,yeah yeah yeah,Bobgoblin ,Flamin Hellcats ,roller,Poor Dumb Bastards....ETC...........Big Boys at # 50 wtf

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Oh & Speedealer ,Horton ...................

 
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