When you have a career as long and splendid as that of Merle Haggard, it is difficult to pick favorites. Almost alone among country artists, Haggard’s albums were universally full of strong material. Some of his finest endeavors were album tracks that never received airplay

My favorites (in order)

01 I Can’t Be Myself
02 Mama Tried
03 Strangers
04 Sing Me Back Home
05 Working Man Blues
06 Emptiest Arms In The World
07 Sidewalks of Chicago
08 Footlights
09 It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad)
10 Today I Started Loving You Again
11 Cherokee Maiden
12 The Bottle Let Me Down
13 The Fugitive
14 I Threw Away The Rose
15 The Fighting Side of Me
16 I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink
17 Just Between The Two of Us (with Bonnie Owens)
18 Grandma Harp
19 Kentucky Gambler
20 I Take A Lot of Pride In What I Am
21 The Legend of Bonnie & Clyde
22 In My Next Life
23 Shelly’s Winter Love
24 Daddy Frank
25 Let’s Chase Each Other ‘Round The Room Tonight (with Leona Williams)
26 If We Make It Through December
27 Runaway Mama
28 California Blues
29 Everybody’s Had The Blues
30 Swinging Doors
31 The Way It Was In ‘51
32. In My Next Life
33. Turnin’ Off A Memory
34. Live This Long
35. Sick, Sober & Sorry (with George Jones)
36. Too Many Bridges To Cross Over
37. I Could Have Gone Right
38. Jimmie Brown The Newsboy (with Mac Wiseman
38. Two Old Christian Soldiers (with Mac Wiseman)
39. Okie From Muskogee
40. They’re Tearing The Labor Camps Down

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