220px-Blue_Sky_Night_Thunder#21 – Michael Martin Murphey – “Wildfire” – (1975)

I remember seeing Michael Martin Murphey perform this song on Letterman what seemed like a few years ago (turns out it was in 2007… and that was seven years ago, which is insane). This was his biggest pop hit in the U.S., reaching #3 on the Hot 100 – pretty high considering it’s essentially a country song. It’s a sort of cowboy song – telling the story of a woman who died chasing a pony in a blizzard. Yes, that’s a weird subject for a top five pop song. But it’s good.

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