The 100 Best Texas Songs: The Complete List

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19. Billy Preston, "Nothing From Nothing" Houston pianist Billy Preston got to hang around some decent talent (The Beatles, The Stones), but his solo material went in another direction altogether. This is his most well-known hit, but check out "Space Race" as well. - Audra Schroeder

18. Ray Wylie Hubbard, "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother" One of the most poignant of tales bringing hippies and rednecks together. Buddy Jerry Jeff Walker then went on to record the song in 1973. - Audra Schroeder

17. Janis Joplin, "Piece of My Heart" Joplin doesn't just sing a song, she muscles all of the longing, flirting and humor out of a melody and heaves it at you. If you have ever questioned her vocal delivery, consider how she makes giving away her broken heart sound inevitable but downright fun. Plus, that chorus is history-making. - Deb Doing Dallas

16. Cindy Walker, "You Don't Know Me" If the shy boys and girls of the world ever acknowledge their secret society, Walker's 1956 hit "You Don't Know Me" (co-written with Eddy Arnold) should be the theme song. - Doug Davis

15. Buddy Holly, "That'll Be the Day" The lyric -- both lovestruck and vaguely threatening in a passive-aggressive way -- captures the panicky feel when one half of a couple doesn't want a relationship to end, over an incongruously upbeat melody. Add to that a great guitar solo, vocal harmonies, a run-time of just a bit over two minutes and you've got the formula for countless rock gems to follow. - Jesse Hughey

14. Gene Autry, "(I've Got Spurs That) Jingle Jangle Jingle" Texas has spawned more than a few singing cowboys over the years, none as successful as Gene Autry. "(I've Got Spurs That) Jingle Jangle Jingle" is an ode to wandering and bachelorhood, and Autry's original is great, but it's the version sung on horseback by Olive Oyl, siren of the cartoon world, that rattles around in my head. - Doug Davis

13. 13th Floor Elevators, "You're Gonna Miss Me" The song encapsulates the raw, psychedelic energy heard throughout much of the 60s and 70s, with a long-standing impact that's endured nearly a half-century, as any self-respecting garage rock aficionado can attest. - Zach Hale

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