Top 10 Gene Watson Songs

Gene Watson Songs

Our Top 10 Gene Watson songs list looks at the career of a legendary country music artist who has close to fifty charting songs and multiple number one singles. Born in 1943, Gene Watson remains one of the longest running country music artists in the business. Hailing from the city of Palestine, Texas, Gene Watson’s music career first began in the 1960s when the Beatles and Rolling Stones first arrived on the scene and the music industry was turned upside down. This top 10 Gene Watson songs list presents ten of our favorite Gene Waston songs that turned this brilliant musical artist into a legend.

# 10 – Don’t Waste It on the Blues

We open up our top 10 Gene Watson songs list with the captivating single entitled “Don’t Waste It on the Blues.”  This great song stands as the last top ten hit of Gene Watson’s career. It has a sort of Ronnie Milsap feel to it as this was a popular style of county music in the 19080s.  The song was released on the album entitled Back in the Fire. It was the first single released from the album. The album was released in 1988. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number five. The song also was a hit on the Canadian Country Music Charts rising all the way to number six. The song was composed by Jerry Vandiver and Sandy Ramos.

# 9 – Memories to Burn

Continuing with our top 10 Gene Watson songs list we take a listen to the fun rocking song entitled “Memories to Burn.”  This one reminds us of Helen Reddy’s classic song Keep On Singing.  The song was released on the album entitled Memories to Burn. The album was released in 1985. It was the second single released from the album. The song “Memories to Burn,” was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number five.  “Memories to Burn,” also was a hit on the Canadian Country Music Charts rising all the way to number two.  The song  “Memories to Burn” was composed by Warren Robb and Dave Kirby.

 

# 8 – You’re Out Doing What I’m Here Doing Without

In the number eight spot on our top 10 Gene Watson songs list, we present the honky tonk song entitled “You’re Out Doing What I’m Here Doing Without.”  The song was released on the album entitled Sometimes I Get Lucky. The album was released in 1983. “You’re Out Doing What I’m Here Doing Without” was the first single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number two. The song also was a hit on the Canadian Country Music Charts rising all the way to number five. The song “You’re Out Doing What I’m Here Doing Without”was composed by Allen Frizzell and Bo Roberts,

# 7 – Farewell Party

In the number seven position on our top 10 Gene Watson songs list is the classic country sounding song entitled “Farewell Party.” This one reminds us of Freddie Fenders’ “Before The Last Teardrops Fall.”  Listen to Gene Watson sing that last note of the song. Wow!  The song  “Farewell Party,” was released on the album entitled Reflections.  “Farewell Party,” was the second single released from the album. The song “Farewell Party,” was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number five.  “Farewell Party,” was a hit on the Canadian Country Music Charts rising all the way to number eleven. The song “Farewell Party,” was composed by Lawton Williams.

# 6 – This Dream’s on Me

Now how could you not love this emotional song? This is a pretty romantic song released by Gene Watson. It also has a sort of Barry Manilow vibe to it in a unique country style. Yes, we could hear Barry Manilow singing this one.  The song “This Dreams On Me,”  was released on the album entitled This Dream’s on Me. The album was released in 1982  It was the first single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number eight. The song also was a hit on the Canadian Country Music Charts rising all the way to number eleven,  The song “This Dreams On Me,”  was composed by Fred Koller.

# 5 – Any Way You Want Me

At the halfway point on our top 10 Gene Watson songs list is the passionate song entitled “Any Way You Want Me”  We love this tender ballad.  The song was issued on the album entitled Any Which Way You Can which served as the soundtrack to the Clint Eastwood motion picture released in 1981. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number thirty three.  The song was composed by Leo Offman.

# 4 – Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)

At the number four spot on our top 10 Gene Watson songs list we present the swinging but sad song entitled “Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy).”  The song “Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)” was released on the album entitled Should I Come Home. The album was released in 1979. It was the first single released from the album.

The song “Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy).” was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number three. “Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy),” also was a hit on the Canadian Country Music Charts rising all the way to number six.  The song was composed by Joe Allen.

# 3 –  Paper Rosie

Moving along on our top 10 Gene Watson songs list we present the poignant song entitled “Paper Rosie.” This one has a sort of Jimmy Buffett feel to it. The song was released on the album entitled Paper Rosie. The album was released in 1977.  It was the first single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number three,  “Paper Rosie,” would become the first number one single of his career as it hit number one on the Canadian Country Music Charts rising all the way to number The song was composed by Dallas Harms.

# 2 – Fourteen Carat Mind

Just of the top spot on our top 10 Gene Watson songs list we celebrate the fast moving song entitled  “Fourteen Carat Mind.” What a perfect title! We love it. This gem of a song stands as Gene Watson’s first number one single of his career in the United States. It’s fueled by a great piano lick that would make Bruce Hornsby proud.  We wonder what happened to Willie Jackson? You kind of feel sorry for the dude.

The song “Fourteen Carat Mind” was released on the album entitled Old Loves Never Die. The album was released in 1981.  It was the first single released from the album. The song “Fourteen Carat Mind” was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number one.  “Fourteen Carat Mind” was a hit on the Canadian Country Music Charts rising all the way to number five. The song “Fourteen Carat Mind” was composed by Dallas Frazier and Larry Lee.

# 1 – Love in the Hot Afternoon

We wrap up our top 10 Gene Watson songs list with the song entitled “Love in the Hot Afternoon.”  Now, this is old school big-time country success.  It swings slow but has a groove that you just can’t forget.  The song was released on the album entitled Love in the Hot Afternoon. The album was released in 1975. It was the first single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Charts peaking at number three. The song also was a hit on the Canadian Country Music Charts rising all the way to number three. The song was composed by Vince Matthews and Kent Westbury.

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