🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Johnny Cash

Get yourself a coffee and a big cigar for this one…

Jimmy Eat World do OK:

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
The Knife 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
Guided By Voices 3.82
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
AC/DC 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

We move on, then;

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0 voters

Johnny Cash released 67 albums and something like 170 singles so we’ll just be going with the Ring Of Fire compilation for this one

  • Ring Of Fire
  • I Walk The Line
  • Jackson
  • Folsom Prison Blues
  • A Boy Named Sue
  • Big River
  • Get Rhythm
  • Cry! Cry! Cry!
  • Hey Porter
  • A Thing Called Love
  • Guess Things Happen That Way
  • San Quentin
  • Man In Black
  • Highwayman
  • The Wanderer
  • I’ve Been Everywhere
  • Rusty Cage
  • Personal Jesus
  • Give My Love To Rose
  • One
  • Hurt
  • The Man Comes Around

0 voters

Can only be a 5 for the Man in Black.


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Always meant to listen to more of him because I like what relatively little I’ve heard. Got this album on now and it’s really hitting the spot:

My mum played a lot of country stuff when I was growing up, most of which I hated. Was always appreciative of Johnny Cash though - even 8 year old me could tell that Ring Of Fire was a tune, and Boy Called Sue is one of the great examples of narrative storytelling in song.

Missed his set at Glastonbury back in the day (94? 97?) which is annoying.

Not a perfect man by any stretch, but seemingly a man who could at least recognise his own failings. It may be a High Fidelity cliche, but Cash by Johnny Cash is possibly the best music bio I’ve read. Not just the music, but a life fully lived.

Has to be an easy FIVE :+1:

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Not an artist I’ve listened to a lot or very often, but when I do I love his work. From an album perspective I only really know San Quentin and a couple of the Rick Rubin ones (III and IV), but outside of those he just has some absolute all-timers. Even if “A Boy Named Sue” is my mum’s least favourite song ever (for that is her name and it caused much “hilarity” when she was younger. See also: Jilted John for my dad, for his name is Gordon).

I’ve given The Man In Black a 4 and I shall probably listen to him for most of the morning now.

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Bought a few JC albums when I was a student because they were about 50p each. Obviously a unique voice and I think if the outlaw country thing is your bag it is essential. Mostly not really for me even though it is often witty and heartfelt and engaging. I’m probably a fan to the extent of enjoying an occasional listen to a best of or just the odd track in a playlist.

Think the American albums are a fantastic exercise in revealing how well written a song is whatever you think of the original artist.

So not sure on the score really. Probably 3 tbh.

June Carter-Cash 5/5

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5, an absolute hero of mine.

Per Bob Dylan…
I was asked to give a statement on Johnny’s passing and thought about writing a piece instead called “ Cash Is King,” because that is the way I really feel. In plain terms, Johnny was and is the North Star; you could guide your ship by him — the greatest of the greats then and now.


Oh he can have a 5, can’t he.

A Boy Named Sue used to be my go to karaoke song, always goes down a storm.

The San Quentin concert, where he plays San Quentin twice in a row just so the prisoners can hear it again, and you get the different reactions, I absolutely love that.

Plus “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash” is an absolute all time catchphrase.


Same for me. Enjoy an occasional listen and get why he’s held in high esteem, but just never really connected with his stuff. 3.

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Starred in a fantastic Columbo episode, 5/5


Probably heard only about 1% of his music because he made a fucking lot of it. But all of it is banging. Got to be a 5.

Best song is a tough one, in the absence of One Piece At A Time it’s between Jackson and When The Man Comes Around.

Im no expert, given the amount he has released compared to what i have heard, but i spent most evenings listening to a ‘best of’ his later albums while playing CM0304 for a couple of years with my mate Steve, so i hold him (and Supat Rungratsamee) in high regard

Probably not typical of a lot of his stuff but i love ‘Thing called love’


Haha, I’d completely forgotten about that

I’ve given a 4 but there’s very few classic artists with as high a shite:good ratio. Although that’s as much to do with how much he recorded, I guess. A lot of dull and a lot of horrible stuff in his back catalogue.

The cover versions record that Marc Riley put together in the eighties was my introduction to him. He was almost a joke figure at that point but that album gave him some cred back and led eventually to the American Recordings albums.

I only really know the hits, the prison albums and the first two American Recordings records but he’s a clear five.

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Plus his version of Mercy Seat is better than any of Nick Cave’s, which is a tall order.



Would probably agree with this if you count only studio recordings - Cave & the Bad Seeds live is the best version for me.

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