Our Top 10 Glen Campbell songs list presents ten sensational moments in Glen Campbell’s musical career. Glen Campbell released more studio albums than almost any other artist. He beat James Brown’s record of 59 studio albums by one as Campbell released 60 studio albums. Glen Campbell also released one hundred and fifteen singles. Not only was Glen Campbell an affluent recording artist, he was also an actor having appeared in multiple films and television shows. He also hosted his own musical variety show on CBS entitled The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour from 1969 to 1972.
# 10 –Turn Around, Look at Me
We open this Glen Campbell songs list with the song “Turn Around, Look At Me.” The song stands as the first song ever released by Glen Campbell to appear on the Billboard music charts. The song was written by Jerry Capehart and Glen Campbell, “Turn Around, Look At Me,” was released in October of 1961. Its a sweet way to open up this Glen Campbell songs list. Its a tender song. The first of many to be released by the legendary Glen Campbell.
# 9 – True Grit
Glen Campbell’s role as Le Boeuf opposite John Wayne in True Grit was one for the ages. They both had great chemistry in the movie, although it was Kim Darby that stole the film from both of them. Nonetheless, a truly great song also came from the film. Presented here is the dynamic cut “True Grit.” The song was released as a single in 1969. It was a top 10 hit on both the Billboard Country charts and the Adult Contemporary charts. It also broke the Billboard top 40 on the mainstream charts. Great film, great song!
# 8 – Let It Be Me
In 1968, Glen Campbell teamed up with singer Bobbie Gentry and released the duet album entitled Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell. Over the years the album has achieved sort of cult status among fans. “Let It Be Me,” was the third single released from the album. The song was written by Gilbert Bécaud, Mann Curtis and Pierre Delanoé. The song “Let It Be Me,” is a widely covered song recorded by so many artists The Elvis Presley and the Gentry Campbell recordings stand as the definite versions.
# 7 – It’s Only Make Believe
Everyone loved the The Glen Campbell Goodtime Album. The full length vinyl album was released in 1970. The song presented here entitled “It’s Only Make Believe,” was written by the legendary Conway Twitty and Jack Nance. The song was originally recorded by Conway Twitty in 1958. Twitty had a huge hit with the song. Twelve years later, Glen Campbell had his own success with “It’s Only Make Believe.” Glen Campbells version was a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also broke the top 10 on many other music charts around the world. The song was a smash in 1970 for Campbell.
# 6 – Galveston
These next six Glen Campbell songs are all masterpieces. They are gems in so many ways. The sound of Glen Campbell’s earnest voice backed with these brilliant orchestrations cut straight through to the heart. How could anyone not enjoy these songs? “Galveston,” is a cinematic musical treasure. The song served as the title track to Glen Campbell’s Galveston album. The record was released in 1969. The song was written by the master songwriter Jimmy Webb. “Galveston,” was a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 for Glen Campbell. It peaked at number four. “Galveston,” did even better on the Billboard County charts hitting number one.
# 5 – Southern Nights
Starting out the second half of our Glen Campbell songs list we turn to Glen Campbells late seventies hit “Southern Nights.” This one sounds nothing like the music Glen Campbell released in the 1960s and early 1970s. There is a little bit of everything in this one for everyone. Written by Allen Toussaint, the song defines some of that New Orleans rhythm and blues style while also incorporating a country guitar twang backed by a big bass drum sound perfect for the popular dance floors of the disco era. “Southern Nights,” was a number one hit for Glen Campbell. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1977.
# 4 – Gentle on My Mind
At number four on this top 10 Glen Campbell songs list we go back to the late 1960s. Glen Campbells single “Gentle On My Mind,” was released on the album of the same name in 1967. The song won four Grammy Awards. While it may not have broke the Billboard Top 10, the song did win four Grammy Awards. It is one of the most beautiful songs ever written. The song was composed by John Hartford. It has been covered by multiple artists including a great version done by Aretha Franklin.
# 3 – By The Time I Get To Phoenix
This one just happens to be a personal favorite. Its such a sad song. Probably one of the most heart breaking break up songs ever written. Jimmy Webb knew how to write them. Once again, the song served as the title track to another great Glen Campbell album titled By The Time I Get To Phoenix. The album’s title track single was a top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It hit number two on the Billboard Country charts. Hands down, this one is just simply magnificent. Jimmy Webb and Glen Campbell nailed it many times. This was one of their finest moments.
# 2 -Rhinestone Cowboy
Glen Campbell had many great moments on record in the 1960s and 70s. This one was one of his most successful. Words can’t describe how big this song was in 1975. You could not turn the radio dial without bumping into a station playing this song. The song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard County charts. It seemed to stay there the entire summer of 1975, The only song that was bigger than “Rhinestone Cowboy,” that year was the Captain & Tennille’s “Love Will Keep Us Together.” The song “Rhinestone Cowboy,” was written by Larry Weiss. “Rhinestone Cowboy,” is a song that has endured over the years. Even Bruce Springsteen who had released his ground breaking album Born To Run in 1975 just recently closed his 2021 television special on Apple TV with a wonderful version of “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
# 1 – Wichita Lineman
We close out our Glen Campbell songs list with the classic song “Wichita Lineman.” While this song may not have been as commercially successful as some of the other songs on this list, it stands as our favorite Glen Campbell song. The song’s opening line “I am a lineman for the county,” may just well be the greatest opening melody of any song ever written. It never gets old and Campbell delivered it perfectly. The song’s ending is also so classic. In a song filled with so many wonderful moments, there was just no way we could not place this at number one. This is Jimmy Webb’s greatest composition.
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