The 100 Best Texas Songs: The Complete List

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69. The Relatives, "Don't Let Me Fall" This Dallas gospel group saw a renewed interest in their music over the last two or three years, thanks to Austin's Heavy Light Records, and this was the song that resurrected them after nearly two decades. - Audra Schroeder

68. Townes Van Zandt, "Marie" Where Hank Williams conjured loneliness, Townes brought feelings of despair on all who listened closely. I heard this song for the first time while watching his documentary Be Here To Love Me. I chose it not because it's a great song, but because it's the saddest song I've ever heard. - Daniel Hopkins

67. UGK, "Pocket Full of Stones" When Pimp C was in junior high running B-side dub mixes in Port Arthur, his stepfather gave him advice that would alter the course of his life. He said, "That music you're making is noise. Try to put some music into it. I bet if you can put some music in that you can dominate and you can get rich, know what I mean?" Although Pimp C's stepfather died on the day UGK received the master for "Pocket Full of Stones," the single opened doors for the Texas rap legends, sparking their storied careers. - Austin Staubus

66. ZZ Top, "Just Got Paid" Before the stupid beards, the stupid keyboards, and Eliminator, the little band from Texas were swaggering blues-rock badasses. The mean guitar riff really sells that feeling of a fresh paycheck. Too bad their own got so big they forgot their synth-free roots. - Jesse Hughey

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