The 100 Best Texas Songs: The Complete List

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26. Albert Collins, "Frostbite" Remember that scene in Adventures In Babysitting, where the singer of a blues band tells Elizabeth Shue, "Nobody leaves this stage without singing the blues"? The "Master of the Telecaster" lived on the stage. - Audra Schroeder

25. Townes Van Zandt, "Pancho and Lefty" Written right here in Dallas, this song is as moving as it is ambivalent. Did Lefty sell Pancho out? Did the federales really just pity him and let him go? Were they the same person, or Pancho just the fantasy of a washed-up obscure blues singer? Even the late Van Zandt himself wasn't sure, to hear him tell it, but a it's beautiful ballad nonetheless. - Jesse Hughey

24. T-Bone Walker, "Trinity River Blues" This 1929 cut from Dallas' own Aaron "T-Bone" Walker, back when he was known as Oak Cliff T-Bone, was the original Texas flood. - Audra Schroeder

23. Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, "New San Antonio Rose" Somewhere between jazz, country and swing stood Bob Wills, whose music is still a staple of dancehalls and honky-tonks across Texas. Wills spent some time in Dallas recording, and it can be heard here. - Audra Schroeder

22. Willie Nelson, "Can I Sleep In Your Arms" It really doesn't get much more stupendous, minimalist or beautiful than Willie Nelson's ballads. The scene paints itself as soon as you hit play: a tequila hangover; snug, dirty boots on your feet; and the smell of a cowboy hat over your face. - Nick Rallo

21. Blaze Foley, "If I Could Only Fly" Please consult Duct Tape Messiah, Kevin Triplett's documentary on the Austin singer-songwriter, for proof of Foley's tempered genius. That he and Townes Van Zandt were buddies comes as no surprise; their lives were parallel in the most heartbreaking way. - Audra Schroeder

20. Sir Douglas Quintet, "Mendocino" That swirling organ line alone is enough to secure a spot on this list. This 1968 single was the Quintet dressed in their San Antonio best. - Audra Schroeder

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