#4 – Charlie Daniels Band – “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” – (1979)

Charlie Daniels will be remembered forever for this song. It’s not that this is the greatest song in the world, but it is so famous that it has to be in the top five for 1979. Daniels is just sort of talking, and not really singing, but the fiddling is world class, making this one of the top country songs of all time. The best part is that it’s a story – there’s something happening in the song: Johnny vs. Satan in a fiddle-off. This is the biggest hit of Charlie Daniels’ career, peaking at #3 on the Hot 100. It’s classic, even if you don’t like country.

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