My Twenty Favorite Dwight Yoakam Songs

Today I bought a ticket to watch Dwight Yoakam at the Nutty Brown Cafe on Saturday June 5th here in my new home of Austin, Texas.  And I am stoked.  I haven’t seen Dwight since his 1996 Gone Tour (I was 9 at the time).  Besides the Beatles, I have been a fanboy of Mr. Yoakam longer than any other of my favorite bands/artists.  And so, to celebrate my $50 purchase for what will be one of the best evenings of my life, I have compiled the most difficult list to compile ever – my favorite Dwight Yoakam songs.

Originally this was going to be a list of ten, but Dwight has too many classics to pick from.  As with most best-ofs for DY, it is heavy on the 80’s and early 90’s, but there are a few tracks that are more recent.  I invite you to browse his entire catalog – it is fascinating and almost perfect.  For those who are fans of a more traditional country sound, preferably the honky-tonk styles of Buck Owens, Dwight is hands down the best you can get.  In my opinion, he’s the best country music songwriter and performer to have ever lived.  Enjoy.

20. Little Ways (from Hillbilly Deluxe, 1987)

19. Little Sister (from Hillbilly Deluxe, 1987)

18. Nothing’s Changed Here (from If There Was a Way, 1990)

17. Blame the Vain (from Blame the Vain, 2005)

16. Things Change (from A Long Way Home, 1998)

15. Pocket of a Clown (from This Time, 1993)

14. I Sang Dixie (from Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room, 1988)

13. Streets of Bakersfield (from Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room, 1988)

12. Here Comes the Night (from Under the Covers, 1997)

Dwight Yoakam – Here Comes The Night

11. This Time (from This Time, 1993)

10. This Drinkin’ Will Kill Me (from Hillbilly Deluxe, 1987)

9. Always Late (With Your Kisses) (from Hillbilly Deluxe, 1987)

8. Suspicious Minds (from Honeymoon In Vegas soundtrack, 1992)

7. Fast As You (from This Time, 1993)

6. Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose (from If There Was a Way, 1990)

5. Please Please Baby (from Hillbilly Deluxe, 1987)

4. A Thousand Miles From Nowhere (from This Time, 1993)

3. Nothing (from Gone, 1995)

2. It Only Hurts When I Cry (from If There Was a Way, 1990)

1. Guitars, Cadillacs (from Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc., 1986)

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